Our Story

Icelandic designer, Jóhanna Methúsalemsdóttir, was born and raised in Reykjavík before emigrating alone to New York City at the end of the 1980’s. That era of the city, its cultural dynamism, nightlife, art and fashion since have informed Kria from its inception—a cyclic journey inspired by natural orders, cycles and the illusions they create.

Relocating to the Catskill Mountains from Brooklyn in 2018, Methúsalemsdóttir and her partner, Paul Weil, converted a small barn into a studio next to their home on the edge of the Catskill Forest Preserve. Her jewelry is handmade in their studio and only with reclaimed precious metals.

In 2019, they opened their first retail store at 801 Main Street in Margaretville, NY in the historic Galli-Curci Theatre. Kria World features a curated selection of Kria jewelry from a decades-worth of collections and some one-of-kind pieces surrounded by sustainable creativity from artisans that inspire them. The Kria store is open Wednesdays through Sundays.

Kria has been nominated for the Icelandic Cultural Award, included in the Nordic Fashion Biennale, shown in museums internationally as part of “The Weather Diaries” exhibition, featured in television shows including “Search Party,” "Schitt's Creek" and "The Minister," worn by musicians Beth Orton and Of Monsters and Men on television and in concert, featured in Elle, Visionaire, InStyle, The New York Times, Purple, and Another Magazine among others, and is available with stockists internationally.