Our Story

Son of a traditional shirt-maker in Constantinople, Christakis Triantafyllidis (best known as Christakis) left his birth town for Athens on 1934. After a period working in the shirt department at Stronguilos store, he decided to take the challenge of starting his own shirt-making business. Christakis store was founded at 5 Kriezotou Street on 1947 and is still located in the very same building where its famous workshop produces all shirts in the same handmade manner.

From the early days, Christakis’ quality was so apparent that his handmade shirts gained the trust of the most significant personalities of that time.

As the decades went by, his fame grew out of the borders as well as he was considered to have become an expert on gentlemen’s shirt and clothing in general. Choosing strictly the best fabrics from Switzerland’s top factories then cutting and sewing them with dexterity so that his shirts met his most demanding clients’ high standards, Christakis managed to be the “most well-known shirt maker in Athens”.

In 2011 the next generations, Christakis’ daughter Paraskevi and two grandsons Antonis and Christos Nyflis become in charge. Being trained from their grandfather as bespoke shirt cutters themselves for some years and in collaboration with their uncle, senior shirt cutter, Nikos Fotakis, they aim to maintain the high quality standards, to always use the best materials available and ultimately to expand the ‘Handmade in Athens’ concept of their brand.

The same year, 64 years after the founding, Christakis handmade products become available for the first time in Stronguilos stores in Kifisia, with a new point of Bespoke and Made-to-measure ordering in our boutique store of 9 Kolokotroni Street.

In the next years our line of products and services has expanded with our exclusive Made in Athens Knitwear Collection and our Made-to-Measure & Βespoke Suit Service in collaboration with the most famous Italian and English fabric mills such as Ermenegildo Zegna, Holland & Sherry, Dormeuil, Vitale Barberis Canonico, Reda etc.