What inspired drift riot jewelry?
drift riot was inspired from the need to work with my hands and have a creative outlet. I've always been drawn to working with craft materials and am really into functional art.
What is the story behind the name?
Well, really I liked it because it didn't make sense, and because it was a contradiction. Drift comes from the idea that I have kind of drifted my entire life. I grew up moving around and am inspired by the people and the places I have encountered. Riot just stuck!
What is your favorite thing about Richmond?
I love RVA! It took me awhile to adjust after moving from Brooklyn, kind of a reverse culture shock, but after I finished my Master's degree I was able to enjoy the city. What I love most is the emphasis on the arts. We have one of the best art schools in the country (VCU) and the city is really evolving. It's cool to see a city grow and be apart of that growth. I also love Richmond's music + festival scene - there is always something going on.
You're sexy Kristy... what makes you feel sexy?
I feel sexy when I'm comfortable. That doesn't mean sweatshirt and jeans but comfortable in my own skin - which means wearing clothes that work for me. But honestly I think confidence is the sexiest thing a girl can have.
What is your fav tool of the trade?
It's a toss up between the hammer and the torch. On one hand I get to play with fire, on the other, there is something to be said about hammering metal - just feels good! I pretty much make every piece and solder in my studio at home. I'm not going to lie I was a little scared to set-up at first, I didn't want to set the apartment on fire. But then my boyfriend got a hold of it (the torch) and just started melting things! He showed me how far I could go.
What are your Spring/Summer essentials?
OVERALLS- even though I don't have a pair yet I'm on the hunt! It gets pretty hot in RVA so easy dresses are a must. My latest obsession is with my new Melissa jellies I bought at PINK. They will be an every day item for sure!
What is the best style advice you have ever received?
Dress for your body + accentuate what you have! "Rock it if you got it!"
drift riot trunk show
Saturday May 11th
Come join Kristy Santelli as she debuts her latest collection at PINK