Ileana Makri leaders stamp

Jewelry designer Ileana Makri was born in Greece and currently resides there. She is constantly traveling around the world connecting with different cultures that become a continuous source of inspiration for the design of her jewelry creations.


As a little girl I was playing with my mother’s jewelry while sitting on a rug, a box of fake jewelry which made me happy. I think that’s when my relationship with jewelry started.

Inspiration is drawn from moments that are indistinct. You can be inspired by nature, you can be inspired by emotions.

I try to express what I feel through my the drawings.

The philosophy of the brand is jewelry for every hour.

The highlight of my journey is when I showed, for the first time, a very small, personal collection I had created, at Barneys buyer in New York and she was thrilled and placed a huge order, 20 years ago.

It’s great to create anywhere, to live in Greece is great for many reasons, it’s a beautiful country with all its problems, in which there are plenty of elements to draw inspiration from. 

My name is Ileana Makri and I am a jewelry designer.


  • Direction/Post Production: Panos Tsirozidis
  • Camera: Dimitris Zografakis
  • Production Co-ordination and Interview: DigitalWise – Niki Oikonomopoulou
  • Texts & subtitles: Niki Oikonomopoulou
  • Project Manager: Kyriaki Kostolidou

The interview took place in the context of the thematic presentations and actions implemented by, aiming to promote the image of Greece abroad, through the faces of charismatic Greeks who signify the outward-looking Greece.

We warmly thank the Life Gallery athens hotel for its kind hospitality and for its contribution to the video shootings.