Elena Kougianou currently lives and works in Athens,Greece. After gaining a degree in political science in the United Kingdom, Elena started exploring the worlds of fashion and arts. She then continued her educational and professional journey by making two important stops, one in London and another one in the city of New York. At this point Elena found her final destination, that was no other than jewelry design.
With a strong passion for traveling and exploring the history of jewelry making, she is a person who receives lots of energy from the busy and colorful everyday life in the centre of the city. In fact, Elena Kougianou primarily found inspiration in the mesmerizing colors and unique stones of India. Through traveling and meeting new people, she has learned many interesting details about far away traditions and lifestyles, other than the western ones. Such experience has offered her the ability to add small bits of cultural diversity in her designs.
She currently designs her own line of jewelry, Utopia elena.kougianou, while her main driving force of creative stimulation are different artistic movements of the past, producing items that combine volume, theatricality and romanticism. Thus, by mixing a variety of materials and using multiple techniques, Elena puts together jades, amethysts or chrysoprase ornamental stones along with silk voile, feathers and metallic laces in order to create exclusive pieces, each one unravelling a story of its own.