Ancient Greek Sandals’ Christina Martini on Finding a Great Business Partner

Each day in June, FN is highlighting female forces in the industry as part of our Women in Power series.
Before she launched Ancient Greek Sandals in 2011, Christina Martini had dreamed for a long time of debuting her own brand. She knew it wouldn’t be easy.
“The market was missing a shoe brand focused on traditionally made sandals that are feminine and reasonably priced. As a designer, it was difficult to realize my dream alone,” she recalled.
Her breakthrough moment? “When I met Nikolas Minoglou through a friend. He had a background in business (which I lacked) and in shoe retail — and our vision for sandals aligned. He became a co-founder of Ancient Greek Sandals, and we launched the business together in 2011.”
Here, Martini reflects on life lessons and overcoming challenges.
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On living abroad:
“The only thing that I wish I had done was to go to New York City for an internship after college. It is such an amazing city with so many things to see and learn, especially for someone right out of school. Otherwise, I wouldn’t change a thing.”
On whether women do enough to support other women:
“It really depends on the person, and not necessarily if you are a

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