About Kristinit

Founded in 2007, the Kristinit [kri-stee-neet] brand stands for the love of beauty, the empowerment of women, and giving back to causes like the environment and women's health. Kristina believes that now more than ever we must stand up as individuals and do what we can to be positive and make a difference in the world...

  • Long before Kristinit was worn by celebrities and carried nationwide at stores like Anthropologie, Kristina LOVED clothing and there was never any question that her destiny would involve fashion. As a 3 year old, she loved drawing, enjoyed dressing up with her mom’s silk scarves, and loved creating fashion shows with her Barbies.

Her First Love

On the weekends, when other kids were outside playing in the dirt, Kristina immersed herself in old movies, watching Marlene Dietrich or Lana Turner slink across the screen, heroines of their own story, elevated to untouchable heights of confidence and glamour, due in large part to the costumes they wore. This was the stuff of dreams. Kristina was discovering her calling.

“...becoming a walking encyclopedia of fashion and costume history”

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    For 20 years, Kristina studied everything about fashion she could get her hands on, to the point of becoming a walking encyclopedia of fashion and costume history. She was particularly obsessed with 1930s Hollywood costumes and expressed her love in hundreds of illustrations of costumes.

  • As a Fulbright Finalist, Kristina studied art and theater at UCSC, fashion design and costume history at London’s renowned Wimbledon School of Art, and earned her MFA in Costume Design at UCLA.

     

    Kristina honed her skills in New York and London working extensively in theater, ballet, and opera.

“...driven by a desire to capture the confidence, the magic, and the feminine power...”

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    From years of bringing to life characters through costumes, Kristina’s true artistic pleasure emerged in creating beautiful one-of-a-kind garments out of reclaimed and antique fabrics.

     

    Kristina was driven by a desire to capture the confidence, magic, and feminine power she witnessed years ago watching Marlene, Marilyn, and Audrey flourish on screen.

Kristina's designs soon caught the eye of Jen Ford, the editor at Lucky magazine, where Kristina was named a One to Watch designer. Her line was launched as Kristinit which is her endearing Latvian name.

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    Since then, Kristinit’s feminine and artistic creations have been featured prolifically in the media, counting Vogue.com, Harper’s Bazaar, Teen Vogue and Los Angeles Magazine among the publications to feature her designs. She was one of Blake Lively’s favored designers on Preserve.us, and she includes blogger celebrities Rocky Barnes, Jenny Bernheim, and Michelle Madsen as regular clientele

And then everything changed...

Tragedy

In 2016, Kristina’s life changed forever when she lost her wonderfully talented and beloved younger sister Laura, who died shortly after giving birth to her second child. Suddenly, these lifelong beliefs of love and feminine strength that had always propelled Kristina forward, became critical to her ability to turn tragedy into hope.

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    Wanting to keep the magical bond between sisters alive, and celebrate the legacy of Laura’s amazing life, in early 2017 Kristina launched the “Love Collection” dedicated to her sister’s memory. In Laura’s name, she designed a limited edition collection of pieces created from antique and salvaged textiles from across the globe. Each garment tells a story of life’s beauty, transience, and resilience. 

  • Our backyard

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    Kristina and her husband Gary sold their beloved home in Los Angeles and moved to the Pacific Northwest to be near and help raise her wonderful nephews.
     
    Even in tragedy, there are blessings. Surrounded by Beauty of Nature, Kristina continues to evolve and bring forth her creations full of love and hope.