As a professional Interior Designer and company owner, Kantis had carved a niche in the home décor industry at an early age, with over a decade of specializing in the design production of her own upscale and unique children's luxury furniture, linens, accessory and branded apparel collections. Single handedly changing the face of the Juvenile furniture industry forever, she opened her first retail store in 1996, that became the mecca for a young, affluent clientele. As the business grew, so did her retail venues. In 2008, she opened her flagship in Dallas' Highland Park Village, but for Kantis, the trip to Mexico proved to be a turning point in her life.

“So my husband and I, and our two fat cats move to this tiny town in the hills for three months, and we end up living there almost two years! I start taking this sculpture class. Working in bronze fascinated me, but everyone was making these big things and I'm making these small things. Finally my professor said perhaps I should take a jewelry making class. Coming back to Dallas, I was always wearing my small sculptures. Then one day, a longtime client of mine comes into the store and right away I begin to sell her a sofa that I knew would be perfect in her home. Totally ignoring me, she keeps asking me about the jewelry I'm wearing, and I just kept selling that couch. Finally she said, 'Stephanie, how much is that sofa and I replied $3,800.' She said, ‘I'll take all the jewelry you have on for $3,800.' So I knew it was time to start a new venture!”

Within only a year, the Stephanie Kantis Jewelry Collection made a fast name for itself, being available in Neiman Marcus stores and Saks Fifth Avenue stores across the country, and where today, her collection is one of their top performing fashion jewelry resources. Specialty luxury and resort boutiques throughout the United States also carry the collection.

Historical decorative motifs influence Kantis' statement-making jewelry designs, mostly made of bronze dipped in 24k gold or sterling silver. Using semi-precious stones, pearls, quartz and gems enable her to integrate her love for nature and earthly treasures into her work. Her passion for architectural elements and travel all come together with a classic, yet modern aesthetic. Her stunning, innovative chains can be worn more than 15 different ways due to her Signature "S" Hook, and gives fashion forward women a creative way to change their look and make it theirs. Stephanie Kantis Pendants are also part of her signature look, and making trend setting fashion history; coveted by a fashion forward, elite following, her tiny sculptures are now "collectable," as many designs are being sculpted and made by the artisan / designer in limited editions.

When not designing, Kantis is involved in many philanthropic endeavors including supporting the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Believe in Tomorrow, KidSanctuary, and Boys & Girls Club. She's an advocate for clean living, supporting environmental protection is extremely important to her. She is a sought after motivational speaker combining her philosophy on dressing for success with empowerment. Her statement piece jewelry embodying grace, polish and a feminine esthetic, speaks miles as well.

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