Photography By CHICHI UBIÑA
Where are you from? Where did you grow up?
I am a first generation Greek-American. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and spent my summers in Ocean City, NJ.
Where did you study?
I studied Economics at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. I also studied a Semester At Sea where I lived on a ship traveling around the world. We visited 12 countries in four months. It was one of the best learning experiences of my life.
Describe your personal style?
I would describe my personal style in three words: Bold, Vibrant and Polished. I always like have a “wow” factor piece, whether it is a statement necklace or stilettos with spikes. This style carries over into the events we create. I’m not shy when it comes to color!
Have your life experiences affected how and what you design?
Growing up as a first generation Greek-American there were always two things that remained constant no matter the day. We always made each small occasion into a big, sometimes over the top, celebration. There was always enough food on the table to feed a small army using the freshest ingredients possible. To me everyday is a party and should be celebrated.
What comes to mind when you think of the American Red Cross?
First I think of the famous red and white logo and giving blood. Whenever I hear of a devastating hurricane or other natural disaster, American Red Cross comes to mind and all the devoted people that help save lives. I am honored to be celebrating the Red Cross as a Red & White Ball Designer this year.
If you were to design table tops for a celebrity or historical figure, who would it be and why?
Why design a table just for one when I could host all of my favorite female celebrities?! I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for a woman who could stand up to the ‘norm’ and let her voice be heard in Hollywood. As a woman, mother and business owner, I believe it is important to empower other women to achieve amazing things. The women I would design for carry this ideal in the work that they do. I would be honored to host Lady Gaga, Tina Fey, Betsey Johnson, Pink, Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Aniston to name a few.
“I’M NOT SHY WHEN IT COMES TO COLOR!”
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American Red Cross 2018 Gala – Nikki Glekas Table Top Design