About

At 801 Main Street, Margaretville, NY in the historic Galli-Curci Theatre, Kria has opened its first store featuring a huge curated selection of Kria designs from a decades-worth of collections and some one-of-kind pieces surrounded by sustainable creativity that inspires them.

Icelandic designer Jóhanna Methúsalemsdóttir was born and raised in Reykjavík before emigrating alone to New York City as a teenager at the end of the 1980’s. That era of the city and its cultural dynamism, nightlife, art and fashion since have informed her unique aesthetic and that of Kria from its inception. Now, the inspiration manifests itself fully in the new RESIDENT ALIEN collection.

Kria continues its cyclic journey with designs inspired by natural orders, cycles and the illusions they create while sustainably using only reclaimed gold, silver & brass sourced locally with packaging made from 100% post-consumer materials. Relocating to the Catskills Mountains from Brooklyn in 2018, Methúsalemsdóttir and her partner, Paul Weil, have converted a small barn into their new studio on the edge of the Catskills Preserve. All Kria designs are produced between their studio and New York City’s jewelry district where they work with the same artisans since the line was founded in 2007 and ensure fair wages and the support of small businesses.

Kria has been nominated for the Icelandic Cultural Award, included in the Nordic Fashion Biennale, shown in museums internationally over the past five years as part of “The Weather Diaries” exhibition, featured in multiple seasons of the hit television show “Search Party,” worn by English musician Beth Orton on television and in concert, and covered by press including Elle, Visionaire, InStyle, The New York Times, Purple, and Another Magazine. Kria is also available with stockists internationally and has been sold in Helmut Lang in Berlin, London and New York, and will open their first retail location in the Catskills in September 2019.