Alexandra Koumba is the founder of her own design, accessory and jewellery company, which she started in 2007. Alexandra was born in Greece, which helped her to develop an appreciation for the decorative arts. Her work and collections have garnered outstanding press, in publications such as Russian Vogue and top publications in Greece. Her ranges have also be worn by Greek celebrities such as Eleni Foureira, and Anna Vissi. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Alexandra Koumba.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
I make home accessories and gifts, which is a sector that I am very successful in. I also have a unique style that works for special occasions, such as weddings and baby showers, as well as custom corporate gifts.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
Everything I make is purely handmade in my Greek studio, all made from bronze plated in 18k gold, rose gold or silver.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
I have collaborated with Tia Cibani for Fashion week SS14 in NYC for her jewelry accessories based on the concept of Frida Kahlo. I have also designed, produced and distributed the official accessories for the Special Olympic World Games Summer 2011 and designed items for the company LINKS for the Olympics Games in London 2012.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
I love to collaborate with top gallerists in their field such as A.Delorenzo and Newel gallery. They host my curated collection of antiques. A rich tapestry of forms, texture and a strong influence from ancient archetypes, my newest collection is set to be my most signature jewelry collection to date.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
I was born in Greece, which helped me to develop my passion for the Decorative Arts, and become an avid Collector of antiques. I also studied at Parsons School of Design, NYC earning an Interior Design degree. Lastly, I’ve taken long courses in Jewelry in St Martin's school of design in London and similar courses in Milan.