Lito Karakostanoglou opened her "Open Studio" in Athens in 1999 showcasing primarily one-off pieces with a variety of materials and styles. Lito was originally trained at Boston in marketing management and advertising.
Being self-taught in jewellery and despite her success in Athens, she wanted to further enhance her craftsmanship, so she moved to Paris in 2004. For two years Lito studied sculpture and life drawings at École des Beaux Arts and technical drawing for jewellery at École de la rue du Louvre. During that time, she created pieces for Kenzo and Jean Paul Gaultier. She also designed charms for handbags of Zadig et Voltaire.
Lito returned to Athens in 2007 much to the joy of her loyal clientele, to re-open her shop inspired this time by the concept of the "Cabinets of Curiosities". She is currently focusing on introducing her work abroad.
Each piece by Lito takes its root from a particular story in her scouting of gems around the world and creating something exclusive and personal for her clients.
Design emanates from the properties of her materials themselves rather than following some abstract notion. Gold embraces semi-precious stones and natural materials like corals and shells. Each piece retains its own energy and purpose.
Read Lito's interview.