Road to Rio by Salty Bag

Road to Rio by Salty Bag 9
Cassiopi R2R weekender travel bag.

Salty Bag was founded a year ago by a group of young people from Corfu, Greece. It is an innovative up cycling business specialising in recycling old sails into fantastic bags. Now they introduce us to their brand new Road To Rio collection.

Stratis Andreadis, Spyros Daikos and Chrysa Chalikiopoulou combined their efforts to create handmade bags from recycled sails. We met them a year ago. And fell in love with their fantastic work.

For those who have no idea what we are now talking about, Salty Bag was based on the idea of upcycling, combining sails which have a lifetime of thousands of nautical miles, obsolete materials and local industries, and creating aesthetically perfect, high quality bags and travel gear. Each product is meticulously and lovingly made by hand, is given a name from Greece’s unique naval background and has its own story in the country’s seas. In addition, each bag is accompanied by a booklet informing the owner of the previous life of the sail- the distances travelled, the high seas conquered and the stories regaled during moonlit evenings.

One of the basic pillars of the foundation of Salty Bag was the notion of Corporate Social Responsibility and it is within that frame that the idea ‘Road to Rio’ was born. Salty Bag’s new line ‘Road to Rio’ consists of bags from sails which have gained the greatest distinctions in Greek sailing. All the sale profits from the new line will be put towards supporting the Greek sailing teams for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Specifically, Salty Bag will cover part of the preparation costs for three Greek teams, hoping to compete in the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.

Specifically, Salty Bag will cover part of the preparation costs for three Greek teams: Sofia Bekatorou & Kostas Trigonis (Narca 17), Yannis Mitakis (Finn) and Pavlos Kagialis & Panagiotis Madis (470).

“Salty Bag travels with the most unique stories to the most extraordinary places. We are also doing our bit for the notable effort of the three Greek teams to Rio,” says Stratis Andreadis, one of the co-founders of Salty Bag.

 

The brand new Road to Rio line consists of 5 models, specifically: 

  • – “Ascania”, an adaptable woman’s shopping bag, spacious for everyday outings
  • – “Atokos”, a unisex document holder with the characteristic quilted pattern
  • – “Kimolos”, a unisex backpack
  • – “Marina”, a woman’s clutch for all hours with sea-blue lining
  • – “Cassiopi”, a unisex bag for weekend getaways by boat, the gym etc

The Road to Rio bags are made using the colours of Greece, the Greek seas and the Greek sky and interested parties may acquire them at prices beginning at 45 Euros.

 

 

The Olympic Teams supported by Salty Bag:

 

The mixed catamaran:

Sofia Bekatorou d.o.b. 26/12/1977

Kostas Trigonis d.o.b. 02/07/1970

 

Sofia’s best moments:

2000 Gold Medal in the World Championship 470 class onLlake Batalon, Hungary

2001 Gold Medal in the World Championship 470 class in Koper, Slovenia

2002 Gold Medal in the World Championship 470 class in Cagliari, Sardinia

2002 Sailor of the Year Award by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF)

2003 Gold Medal in the ISAF World Championship in Cadiz, Spain

2004 Gold Medal Athens 2004

2004 Sailor of the Year Award by the ISAF

2007 Bronze Medal in the European Championship Yngling class in Warnemunde, Germany

2008 Bronze Medal Beijing 2008

 

Kostas’ best moments:

1995 Gold Medal in the World Championship 470 class in Toronto, Canada

2000 8th place Sydney 2000

2002 Silver Medal in the World Championship 470 class in Cagliari, Sardinia

2002 Silver Medal in the European Championship 470 class in Tallinn, Estonia

2007 Tornado Catamaran European Championship in Palma de Mallorca

2008 Tornado European Championship in Thessaloniki

2012 First Crossing of the Aegean from north to south in an amateur catamaran

2011 -12 -13 Tornado Catamaran World Champion

 

470 class

Panagiotis (Takis) Madis d.o.b. 30/09/1981

Pavlos Kagialis d.o.b. 14/07/1984

 

Their best moments:

2001 Gold Medal in the World Youth Championship 470 class in Istanbul, Turkey

2002 Gold Medal in the World Youth Championship 470 class in Nieuwpoort, Belgium

2003 Bronze Medal in the European Youth Championship 470 class in Versoix, Switzerland

2005 Gold Medal in the World Championship PLATU 25 class ion Heraklion, Crete

2009 Silver Medal in the World Championship PLATU 25 Class in Punta Ala, Italy

2010 Gold Medal in the European Championship 470 class in Istanbul, Turkey

2010 Gold Medal in the World Championship 470 class in Alicante, Spain

2011 Silver Medal in ISAF World Cup

2010-2012 No2 ISAF World Ranking 470 class

2013 Silver Medal in the Mediterranean Games

2013 Bronze Medal in the World Championship 470 class in LA Rochelle, France

 

Individual Vessel Finn Class

Ioannis (Yannis) Mitakis d.o.b. 08/11/1989

 

Yannis’ best moments:

2007 Silver Medal in the European Youth Championship Laser Radial class

2007 Silver Medal in the World Youth Championship Laser Radial class

2009 European Championship Youth Champion Finn class

2010 European Youth Championship Finn class

2010 Silver Medal in the World Youth Championship Finn class

2012 European Champion Finn class

2013 8th place in the World Championship Finn class

 

 

Salty Bag & Road to Rio Line Workshop Photographs: Alexandros Ioannidis – Salty Bag Portrait Photographs: Giorgos Kaplanidis  

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