Lito- Valery Demure Showroom
34 Regent Studios
8 Andrews Road
White Bird Paris, France
By Marie ( St Tropez)
Boutique 1, Dubai
Lito Karakostanoglou opened her first “Open Studio” in 1999 showcasing primarily one-off pieces with a variety of materials and styles. In spite of her instant success, in 2004 Lito moves to Paris to complete her training and for two years she studied sculpture at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris, and technical drawing at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Bijouterie, Joaillerie et Orfèvrerie. She went on to create unique pieces of jewelry for the fashion shows of Kenzo (2005) and those of Jean Paul Gaultier for the couture and “prêt-à-porter” collections (2006).
From India to Mexico, Japan or Africa, Lito travels the world in search of magnificent stones and original materials. With the persistence of an artist and the inspired touch of a talented craftsman, Lito has succeeded in creating enchanted pieces that communicate with nature while at the same time seducing those who wear them, turning them into instant collectables. Her work reflects her fusion of the old-school feel of traditional jewellery – making with contemporary influences, ushering a new era into the craft..
Since 2007, she has been living in Athens once again, where she has re-opened her atelier-boutique under the name “Cabinet des Curiosities” in the centre of the city. In 2011, Lito launched her own wholesale distribution company catering to clients in Greece, France, UK, Cyprus and Japan..
In recent years, Lito’s work is reaching global markets through carefully planned steps and collaborations. Her pieces have been included in the portfolio of galleries and stores around Europe including the influential Galerie BSL and White Bird Fine Jewellery both in Paris, France as well as H.P. France in Tokyo, Japan and Cube in Nicosia, Cyprus while as of fall/winter 2012, Lito is collaborating with Liberty in London..
Her work is also being showcased in Olivier Dupon’s latest book by Thames & Hudson Ltd entitled ‘The new Jewellers’. The book is an anthology of rising talent in the field of jewellery creation across the globe, introducing the most emblematic new designers.