On September 19th, Marina Raphael presented her debut collection of designer handbags, titled "The City Collection" at the "THE TWENTYONE" bar-restaurant in Athens.

The young designer showcased timeless pieces of unique craftsmanship that were inspired by the 'metropolitan woman', who moves through the modern world with a sense of purpose and poise.

The City Collection features over 30,000 hand-placed Swarovski crystals and over 90,000 velvet studs that result in 22hours of work required for each bag.

While celebrating the launch of the designer's own entrepreneurial venture, she also paid tribute to her Swarovski heritage. Over 100,000 crystals decorated the walls, 6.000 crystal pins were placed in the flower arrangements and crystal candle holders in every corner, lit up the venue. The highlight of the event was a handmade, Marina Raphael robot, featuring 80,000 Swarovski Crystals.