FILOkalein

Handmade Lamps - Wedding/Baptism- Jewelry - Skin care!

Thessaloniki, Greece On Etsy since 2018

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FILOkalein

Handmade Lamps - Wedding/Baptism- Jewelry - Skin care!

Thessaloniki, Greece | 66 Sales

Announcement    Welcome to Filokalein!
Despite the coronavirus, we DO keep on delivering to all over the world through FedEx/TNT with International Priority service. (Standard Shipping outside Greece is referred to FedEx/TNT shipping). Stay home, Stay safe, Stay positive!!

Filokalein, ONLY for those who seek and appreciate excellent quality, innovation and inspiration!
Handmade Lamps, Wedding & Baby Shower Invitations and Favors, Traditional Photo Albums & Picture Frames, Natural Skin Care Products, Jewelry, Fur Scarves, Handbags & Accessories, Easter Candles .. and creativity never ends!

Announcement

Last updated on Jun 14, 2020

Welcome to Filokalein!
Despite the coronavirus, we DO keep on delivering to all over the world through FedEx/TNT with International Priority service. (Standard Shipping outside Greece is referred to FedEx/TNT shipping). Stay home, Stay safe, Stay positive!!

Filokalein, ONLY for those who seek and appreciate excellent quality, innovation and inspiration!
Handmade Lamps, Wedding & Baby Shower Invitations and Favors, Traditional Photo Albums & Picture Frames, Natural Skin Care Products, Jewelry, Fur Scarves, Handbags & Accessories, Easter Candles .. and creativity never ends!

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66 Sales
 
Anastasia Grigoriadou

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Anastasia Grigoriadou

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About FILOkalein

Sales 66
On Etsy since 2018

FILOkalein family, only for those who seek and appreciate excellent quality, innovation and inspiration!

My family of five (and a half, which stands for my two baby boys) engineers began the adventurous journey in “creativity never ends” world! Family’s tradition is just an infinitive, philokalein, which hides the essence of life itself: love for virtue and elegance!

A pallet of restless spirit, passion for uniqueness and intense experiences that we are continually adding to, has led my family and our precious colleagues to designing and creating an exceptional wide variety of products: natural vegan soaps, handmade lamps and mirrors, traditional photograph albums, wedding and baby shower invitations and favors, Easter candles … and who knows what the future will bring!

Yes! It all began with love!

FILOkalein is our home away from home. It has been a long and winding road that led us to where we are today. It all began 8 years ago with a dream and an ice cream cone. On a summer afternoon in a small balcony facing the sea, my beloved father, Archontis, was sinking into his favorite armchair after a hard day’s work, holding a steaming cup of coffee – two spoons of coffee and one of sugar, as always. I was relaxing over an ice cream cone and began to daydream out loud about how much I would like to create an ice cream that never melts! His immediate response: “Yes, we can do it!”. At that moment, I couldn’t imagine how important this phrase would be, as the whole family will be hearing it many many times in the near future! “Yes, we can do it!” My father is always willing and of course capable of transforming even our wildest dreams into reality!

A few days later, a soap with rough, crumbly and cracked edges, and a drab beige color, not at all appealing, landed on the kitchen table. My father was thrilled with his discovery! He had just returned from a short trip in a small Greek island and he brought with him a small treasure that would literally change our lives: an ugly, yet precious soap! The daily use was inevitable: great creamy lather and bubbles left our skin with a smooth, moisturized and refreshing feel. And just like that a familiar phrase came up: “Yes, we can do it!”.

A few more days later, my mother, Maria, was handwriting a card with heartfelt wishes to a new mommy friend. She has been writing cards and dedications in books for her friends for almost a decade! Her unique calligraphy letters, inspired by old chancery typefaces, are always made with a basic felt-pen with bold and quick moves while writing. “How about gifting our family friend a photo album with handwritten wishes for the baby in every single page?” and “How about decorating the pages with little flowers and cute baby animals?” And the “how about” questions never ended, until the photo album had to be gifted and the whole project started again from scratch, for our own albums and then for friends’ albums and the list kept growing!

And so the journey in cosmetics and photo albums began with passion, imagination and tons of patience! First, the laboratory was at home, in the kitchen and in the bedroom! Imagine trying to sleep while scents of vanilla, basil, rosemary, lime and many many more triggering your nose ... not possible!

Rediscovering the world!

We have read innumerous soap-making, chemistry and plant-derived oil books and scientific studies, have chosen precious certified raw materials, have tried who knows how many techniques, recipes and essential oils, have endured the failures of testing efforts – and they were a lot, for the soaps almost one ton of extra virgin olive oil was consumed! – and have eventually built our products!

And then the amateur craft had to be turned into professional, yet handmade, work. The familiar phrase again came up: “Yes, we can do it!”. The mechanical equipment and the production methods were harmonized with our devotion to tradition and the passion for excellent quality. It just took only a couple of years!

And then the adventure of packaging began. A small card, the sun of love, was put right in the center of the box, so as soap, just like photo albums, not only to stimulate senses, but also to touch mind, heart and soul!

FILOkalein home

My grandfather’s legendary cute little shop was our first home. At a crossroad of civilization in the Bezesteni monument in the center of Thessaloniki, Greece, a cute shop based on the uniqueness of the handmade, the high quality of the excellent and the utopia of imagination is created! Loving art and philosophy has led us to choose the cute little shop in a 15th century monument with six domes, seven double arches and old reddish brick walls.

The soap-making laboratory is hosted in a building a few km away. Big enough space to accomplish high production capacity, with thousands of soaps naturally maturing for almost 3 months, yet small enough space to keep the whole family together!

Finally, the bridge between creativity and possibility, the office is a few more km away. The place where creative ideas take shape with abstract sketches, and then turn into detailed designs, prototypes and finally conveyed into products.

However, FILOkalein home is none of the pre-referred places. FILOkalein home is your home, your office, your place where FILOkalein products, a part of our heart (this is inevitable) are hosted!

FILOkalein Collection

“To build a beautiful future, you must first believe in the beauty of your dreams.”
So, we dream big!

Many products are still adding to FILOkalein collection! Thanks to my most precious family (my father, my mother, my husband, my brother and my two baby boys), thanks to our valuable colleagues and members of FILOkalein family, we are now proud to offer you:
• natural vegan soaps, using the cold process, with the key element of extra virgin olive oil,
• traditional photograph albums, handwritten with heartfelt wishes and decorated with flowers and small paintings in every single page,
• handmade lamps, mirrors and small furniture from brass, metal, wood and clay,
• wedding and baby shower invitations and favors,
• faux fur scarves and alcandara bags,
• unique Easter candles and … creativity never ends!

Our commitments to every single one of you:

• Consistent high quality of the final product
• Certified precious ingredients
• Compliance with current legislation requirements
• Luxurious and safe packaging with diligence in unique details
• Honesty and integrity in transactions
• Speed in delivery
.. in a single phrase:

“and what else is art, but details?” Con. Kavafis

Welcome to FILOkalein!!

Shop members

  • Anastasia Grigoriadou

    Owner, Maker

    Wife, mother, scientist, entrepreneur, a simple girl who strives to make a difference! My secret: my father's endless optimism, my mother's imagination, my husband's patience, my babys' small teeth and my brother's questioning of everything!

  • Maria Arslanoglou

    Maker

    My beloved mother, the artist, the visualizer, the designer! Being an architect engineer with curious spirit, she is constantly driving innovation in products!

Shop policies

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Last updated on Oct 1, 2020
Frequently asked questions
Shipping address

Orders are sent to the shipping address entered on the order form. Make sure the address you entered is complete and accurate.
FILOkalein is not responsible for packages that are non delivered or returned, due to incorrect shipping addresses, or the customer did not pick it up at the post office or the shipping courier wasn't able to locate him/her.

If the package is returned, FILOkalein will resend the order provided the customer repays the shipping fee.

Import taxes, customs duties and fees

All orders shipped to countries outside of the EU may be subject to import taxes, customs duties and fees that are paid by the buyer. We have no control over these charges. Customs policies vary widely from country to country, and you should contact your local customs office for further information. When customs clearance procedures are required, it can cause delays beyond our control and beyond the original delivery estimates. Feel free to contact your local customs office for further information.

Tracking

All orders shipped using either FedEx International Priority, Speedex courier inside Greece or plain post office shipping.
Every shipped order has a tracking number that will be provided to you.

Processing and delivery times

Orders are shipped when payment is received and approved by our accounting department. This process generally takes between 2-4 business days, but the specific processing time varies, so please see individual items for details.

Delays in delivery times can occur due to certain countries custom regulations. FILOkalein is not responsible for any delay in delivery, once the order has left its premises.

If you do not receive your order, please email us.

How to receive your order

Please open your package in front of a postal or delivery representative to verify that all items are present according to your order.

In any case the customer MUST take a full VIDEO of the whole process of unboxing /opening the package in order to verify any possible damages. In the unfortunate absence of the video of opening the package, no damage claim will be accepted.

If the package isn't opened in front of the delivery representative, FILOkalein will not follow-up on a declaration, claim and/or possible replacement, if something is damaged.

Damage verification

Your package must be opened in front of a delivery representative and VIDEO must be taken while unboxing to verify at that exact moment any damage. If not, no damage will be verified.

If an item is damaged, a signed declaration should be submited to FILOkalein and/or shipping company, within 24 hours upon delivery, definately including video and detailed pictures of the damaged product and all the external and inner packaging.

FILOkalein will then follow up on the claim with the delivery company. If the declaration is not verified by both parties, FILOkalein will not follow-up on the claim.

Depending on the shipping company, it may be needed from the buyer to file a separate damage report, additionally to the one filed by FILOkalein.

Damage handling

Provided that all steps of the above described "damage verification" section are followed, then the following solutions may apply upon FILOkalein decision:

- FILOkalein will replace the damaged part (if possible) or the whole item, but the shipping cost on the replacement will be paid by the customer.

- FILOkalein will partially or fully refund the damaged item, based on what part of the item is damaged. Shipping costs won't be refunded.

In any case, before replacing the item or before issuing any refund, FILOkalein may request for the damaged item to be shipped back within a limited time frame. In this case, FILOkalein will decide about the replacement or the refund upon delivery of the damaged item.