Christina Caruso Named Creative Director of Judith Ripka Brands



She will collaborate with brand founder and chief designer Judith Ripka

Xcel Brands Inc., which owns and manages several brands including Judith Ripka, has named Christina Caruso creative director of Judith Ripka brands.

Caruso (pictured right) will collaborate with founder and chief designer Judith Ripka (pictured left) on all Judith Ripka labels and extensions of the brand. She will also appear on QVC as presenter of the brand’s exclusive collection for the network.

Caruso has 15 years experience in fashion accessories and jewelry design. She has consulted as design director for brands including Isaac Mizrahi Collection and Banana Republic’s jewelry and sunglasses division. She is a teacher of accessories design and was a contestant on Lifetime’s Project Accessory.

“Christina will be a huge asset for both our QVC business and the future brand projects,” said Robert W. D’Loren, Xcel’s chairman and chief executive, in a statement. “Her natural design sensibility and taste level echoes what Judith has created over her 38-year history in jewelry design. I am confident Christina will excite those loyal to the brand while attracting new customers through her extensive knowledge and experience in jewelry and accessory design.”

(Photo courtesy of Xcel Brands)