Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristina Giedra.
Kristina, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today. In Lithuania, I acquired my culture and education. After graduating from Panevezys Conservatory as the conductor of chorus/music teacher, I started a special training program that included pattern making ...
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Apr.6, 2010 Carol Stream, IL — An accomplished accordion and piano player, Kristina Giedra figured she would one day end up as a music teacher. But after graduating from a music conservatory in Lithuania, her native country, Giedra’s heart pulled her in another direction. “My interest was more in sewing,” she said. Soon she was designing and sewing her own custom-made clothing.
After receiving a green card to come to America a decade ago, Giedra landed a nanny job with a Naperville family and began taking college management and marketing courses. With her degree, she used her design industry experience in various capacities in stores such as Marshall Fields, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Von Maur. I would recommend Kristina for any tailoring, sewing, or designing project!
In 2006, she got married and settled with her husband in Bloomingdale. When they began talking about starting a family, Giedra set up a design and sewing studio in her basement and began a custom window treatment and home decor business.
While she pursued her design business, she also began thinking about creating a line of custom purses. “I made one and got lots of compliments,” she said. These days, when she can sneak in time while her 5-month-old naps, she works on her line of Lady Butterfly handbags. “They’re one-of-a-kind,” Giedra said. “You won’t find anything else like it.”
Whether it’s black chenille with handmade feathered trim or multiple color tweed with a pink and black rose arrangement, each purse, which has a butterfly shape, is distinctly embellished using different couture techniques. Other handbags are decorated using Swarovski crystals, hand crafted trims, or brooches or handcrafted pieces. Purses can be customized to order.