Susanna Galanis was born in Northern Greece [Macedon] and raised in New York City. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with degrees in fashion illustration, fashion marketing and fur design. She then went to work in her family’s fur business, but soon left to manage the Versace boutique at Bergdorf Goodman and later the atelier in Manhattan’s Versace store. The late Gianni Versace and his work had a profound impact on Susanna when she began designing jewelry eight years ago.
Susanna also can relate to Versace’s celebrity following which includes Blake Lively, Jessica Szor, Alexandra Richards, Jennifer Missoni, Rihanna, Cierra, Mary J. Blige, Cate Blanchett, Beyoncé Knowles, Paula Abdul, Selma Blair, Selma Hyak, Ashanti, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton, Ashley Simpson, Jessica Simpson, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Hillary Duff, Joy Bryant, Sharon Stone, Charlize Theron, Angie Harmon, Dianne Kruger, Emmy Possum, Amanda Hearst, Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Karolina Kurkova, Orlando Bloom, Rick Fox, and Colin Farrell.
“I love the art world” Susanna said in a WWD article dated June 6, 2005. “I am inspired by the grandeur of past civilizations, and I don’t need to go to museums [for inspiration]. It is part of me.”
HISTORY & GLAMOUR: Susanna creates upscale statement bronze, brass and copper pieces, often combining semi precious stones, objects, medallions and other treasures, that are influenced by the glamorous world of Ancient Greece.
“Faraway places and civilizations, Gods and Goddesses, kings and queens, and all the drama and glory from the past, are my inspirations. History is repeating itself. I would like to capture all the glamour, energy, creativity and passion , that once existed and re-introduce it to today’s contemporary men and women. There are so many hidden treasures that our ancestors left behind for us. We can all benefit from taking the wisdom road… and learn.
Join me as I share with you my passion for ancient Greek glamour. We will visit the AGE OF GODS. Most importantly, we will visit the fascinating story of my famous ancestor Alexander the Great – King of Macedon [I call him the “God of Eternal Glory and Immortality”] as his incredible achievements – his courage, bravery, heroism and strength speak volumes! Little did I know growing up in Northern Greece, just minutes away from Pella [Alexander’s birth place] and Vergina [burial site of the ancient kings of Macedon] that my warrior Greek God, my beautiful ancestor and my hero was, for real, a hero of all heroes! a genius and a legend!
I adore legendary men and women and I extract so much from their existence.
We will also visit some of my other passions: art, books, cinema, poetry, music, wisdom, spirituality, health, high-fashion… and my insane obsession with couture…Paris…Hollywood…etc…
Stay with me …there is so much to share!”
Much love and gratitude,