Creative Director at Artelier, Mexico.
Broadway or Hollywood: Broadway
Movie or Book: Movie
Digital or print: Digital
Fur or Faux: Fur
Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate
Rose gold or gold: Rose gold
Mexican Designer: Lorena Saravia and Daniela Villegas
Favorite spot to have brunch: 10 Corso Como (Milano, Italia), Eataly (New York) and Puebla 109 (Mexico City)
Dessert (from a specific place): Gelato in Santa Margherita Ligure, Italia
Guilty pleasure: La Focaccia Ligure – I could eat it everyday
Character (from a book or movie):Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette
Fashion period or movement: I’m in love with how fashion is today! Not confined to any movement, just free to be whatever it may be.
Beauty tip: happiness and a good night sleep
Photographer: Yoshihiro Koitani and Murad Osmann
Fashion moment: Artelier’s first presentation in Milan
Fashion editor: Lauren Santo Domingo and Georgia Tal
Museum: Kimbell Art Museum by Louis Kahn and the New Kimbell Pavillion by Renzo Piano in Forth Worth TX
Art piece: Bird in Space – Constantin Brâncuși
Cristina Ramella is the founder and Creative Director of the Mexican based jewellery brand Artelier. Born and raised in Italy, Cristina spent her life in Milan, where she completed her studies up to a master’s degree in Industrial Design at The Polytechnic University of Milan. As passionate as she is, Cristina decided to specialise in Fine Jewellery and Methalsmith in New York City. Later on, in 2011 she established herself in Mexico and created Artelier, a fine jewellery brand.
Her love for the contemporary arts, design and architecture, complements her love for precious metals and their metamorphosis processes. Cristina has lived in several cities such as Sydney, London, Genoa (where she worked for architect Renzo Piano and met her husband), New York and, nowadays, Mexico. She is a passionate traveler and a down to earth designer.
“When I was living in NYC, pregnant with my second child Isabel”, she said. “I decided I wanted to come back to Mexico and start being an entrepreneur, run my own business and do what makes me really happy. Designing jewellery is, in a way, like making sculptures, only wearable. I love the connections I found In Artelier between art, design, architecture and fashion. Fashion doesn’t have to be plain and meaningless, it can tell a story, relate to our cultures and histories. This is what makes me really passionate about Artelier, the story behind my designs and how my clients relate to them in so many fascinating different ways.”
Artelier is a dream come true for her, a place where her creativity and experience meet to create beautiful pieces and statements. For Cristina, her clients come first, and her main goal is to show who she truly is with her designs in order to make her customers happy. Cristina loves to travel and has a profound interest and love for everything related to the sea; specially sports like sailing, an activity she has practiced since she was a little kid.
About her achievements she shared with us that being the winner of the prestigious international competition for designers “A Design Awards” has been the most exciting experience.
For her, fashion like any form of art, is an open field for creativity. “It’s expressing your ideas and turning them into something visible and touchable”, she said. “When others appreciate it and decide to buy it, your private vision becomes public and therefore… fashion”.
She managed to do what she loves the most and make a living out of it. Things in her life are dynamic, impulsive, driven by passion and never coldly calculated. “What’s driving me today may not be the same as tomorrow”, she said. “The love I have for my family is the only constant”.
In her creative process the best ideas show up at night. She is a light sleeper and a big dreamer. The moment she closes her eyes she starts dreaming about new designs and then wakes up like a crazy person, runs to the office and starts working with her team of designers until they create what she was dreaming about in a practical, beautiful and wearable way.
When asking Cristina about her icons in the art and fashion world, she expressed her admiration for all those women who are mothers as well, and seem to find the perfect balance between doing what they love in their jobs and the amazing journey of being a mother. She shared many names of the likes of Diane von Fürstenberg, Rachel Zoe, Yliana Yepez, among others. Her go-to boutiques are: “The Webster” in Miami, “Antonia” at Milan and Claire’s “Fivestory” in New York. Her favorite quote is “Invest in beauty and it will stay with you forever” by Frank L. Wright, and the last song she listened to on her iPod was Young and Beautiful by Lana del Rey.
Cristina´s designs are worn by the most iconic international bloggers and have been featured in every fashion magazine worth reading. Her talent is making wearable art and fine jewellery that become statement pieces in the art world. Today she is working on her new FW15 collection, which is inspired by the Moon and her gravitation around Earth. So stay tuned because TFA store offers all her designs and will have her new collection as soon as ready.