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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 28 January 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 28 JANUARY 2017 31 FEATURE While she says there have been a number of standout experiences, one of which was the honour of having some of her avante garde work featured in Oliver Dupon's book The New Jewellers, the most recent highlight for the designer was seeing Greek American Jennifer Aniston wearing one of Lito's 'one of a kind' pieces on the cover of the December issue of Marie Claire US. However, despite her success, the designer reveals that she has not been immune to the effects and challenges of the economic crisis the past eight years. When asked if she has been burdened by the crisis she responds, "we all did and still do". But rather than focusing on the negatives, Lito says she has continued to draw strength and inspiration, a similar sentiment shared by other creatives in the capital. "I believe that the crisis was a great opportunity for the creative force of Greece to leave behind our esoteric nature and in today's globalised world establish ourselves with our distinctive qualities and style. You just have to adjust and move on!" she says. In doing so, she has honed her biggest influences, which over the years have been drawn namely from nature, symbolism, her travels, during which she has been known to discover stones and materials from which she is further inspired. But there's no denying the traces of her Greek heritage, which is always at the core of her work, and namely, the symbolism of the Greek light. "The sun, the reflections − these are part of our natural heritage. Everything in Greece is about life and how to enjoy it; it's about freedom. My designs reflect nature's spontaneity and freedom; a fusion of tradition with the unexpected," Lito says. While she is reluctant to reveal anything about her next collection, the only clue we have is her current destination: India. “Incredible India! The colours, the food, the smells, the vibrancy of the cities, the majestic palaces, the history. There is always something new to discover in India,” she says. "I am always working on new projects! Stay tuned ..." To do so, visit www.lito-jewelry.com/ and follow @litojewelry on Instagram. Designer Lito Karakostanoglou.
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