Lolita Mía founder Elena Gil was born and raised in tropical Costa Rica where she learned at an early age handcrafts with her grandmother. While studying abroad in Florence, Italy, at the age of 24, she reconnected with her roots (half Italian, half Latin-American) and thru a school project figured out ethnic crafts and traditions are extremely related regardless the region. "I was so surprised that what I have thought all my life to be a typical Mexican embroidery was so similar to one brought from a Hungarian classmate back from home. I found it impossible to pin point whether a palm weave basket was made somewhere in Africa or by our local aboriginal craftsmen from Quitirrisi". Returning to Costa Rica, she developed this concept furthermore resulting into the brand's distinctive style: UNIVERSAL ETHNIC LUXURY. Today, the designer's biggest satisfaction is traveling to find local markets and makers discovering what she calls "little treasures" that she can mix and match with other materials she finds along the way. This results in unique pieces, relatable and appreciated to a universal culture and public.
Elena Gil, born on March 1987 in San José, Costa Rica.
BA Major Human Resources SJO Costa RicaBFA Major Jewelry Body Adornments FI Italy
Founder / Designer of Lolita Mía since 2011