Cristy Mantilla and Duda Teixeira are builders, creatives and Miami natives whose inseparable friendship has carried them through various collaborative projects through the years, eventually bringing them to co-found éliou, a brand with its beginnings in jewelry that has expanded into clothing and lifestyle.
Step into their home and be greeted by a radiant space that underlines creativity and a spirit of gathering. On the walls are a constellation of found materials, Duda’s paintings and artworks created by fellow creatives in their circle—“All of our stuff is [made by] friends,” Cristy tells us. Handmade objects, thrifted furniture pieces, personal projects and éliou samples dot the rooms with a sunny aesthetic that is consistently applied to everything they touch, illuminated further by their expressions through dress and independent creative lifestyles. “Any excuse for color,” Cristy proclaims.
We wanted to share some highlights from our visit and chatting with them about their ways of living, the growth of éliou and their creative points of view.
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