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Cleo Gatzeli
Designer Story
Today Cleo Gkatzeli is known and loved in Athens for her high quality and stylish beachwear. The pieces ate handmade, unique and fun.

She was born in Athens in 1981. After graduating high school, she enrolled at the Campus Arts and Sciences in Athens, where she obtained a four year scholarship and graduated with a degree in Fine Arts
Today Cleo Gkatzeli is known and loved in Athens for her high quality and stylish beachwear. The pieces are handmade, unique and fun.

She was born in Athens in 1981. After graduating high school, she enrolled at the Campus Arts and Sciences in Athens, where she obtained a four year scholarship and graduated with a degree in Fine Arts.

Afterwards, she attended the program in Master of Education, at Nova Southeastern University in Miami, Florida. Her next step focused on fashion since she studied fashion design, pattern production and styling in the Veloudakis School of Fashion, in Greece. .

By the end of her fashion studies, her acceptance in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in the Fine Arts Department brought Cleo Gkatzeli back to her initial field. Throughout her studies, she participated with success in several individual and group exhibitions in both Greece and Cyprus.

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Today Cleo Gkatzeli is known and loved in Athens for her high quality and stylish beachwear. The pieces are handmade, unique and fun.

She was born in Athens in 1981. After graduating high school, she enrolled at the Campus Arts and Sciences in Athens, where she obtained a four year scholarship and graduated with a degree in Fine Arts.

Afterwards, she attended the program in Master of Education, at Nova Southeastern University in Miami, Florida. Her next step focused on fashion since she studied fashion design, pattern production and styling in the Veloudakis School of Fashion, in Greece. .

By the end of her fashion studies, her acceptance in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in the Fine Arts Department brought Cleo Gkatzeli back to her initial field. Throughout her studies, she participated with success in several individual and group exhibitions in both Greece and Cyprus.

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Q+A
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING A FASHION DESIGNER?

The best thing about fashion design is that it's a very creative profession and this never ceases to amaze me! I love my work so much that it doesn't really feel like working
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING A FASHION DESIGNER?

The best thing about fashion design is that it's a very creative profession and this never ceases to amaze me! I love my work so much that it doesn't really feel like working.



WHAT HAS BEEN YOU BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

The biggest challenge is to decide the path in which you want to walk through, and what is your aim, of course. The most important thing of all is to know what direction you want to follow as a fashion designer. The dream! As soon as you have it clear in front of you, then it is possible to accomplish anything!



WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION?

Being among fabrics and colors, is my happy place. Seeing or touching new fabrics and various other materials like ribbons, buttons and other trims, is enough to trigger many different design ideas in my mind which I can't wait to bring to life! Foreign cultures and travel also brings me so much inspiration, so I always wish to travel in several countries.



WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A DESIGNER?

Becoming a fashion designer was not a wish, it was a natural turn in my life. My parents were both in the clothing industry, they owned two clothing shops. They were not designers themselves however. From my early age I had an inclination for painting and drawing, so my main studies were in Fine Arts. After I graduated my parents just gave me the idea to also study fashion design, and they did so good!! I am so grateful to them for this boost!
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