Irini Leondaraki

Name: Irini Leondaraki


Lives in: Athens, Greece


From: I was born and grew up in Athens.


Job:  Along with my sister, I run a jewelry workshop and retail store called Leondarakis in Syntagma.
The store is three generations old and was started by my grandfather in Alexandria, Egypt in the 1920s.  My father continued it in Athens in the 1960s, and my sister and I have been running it since 1995.
My sister is the designer, and I am the business manager.



Tell us your first three jobs (ever!): I studied Archeology and History of Art at the University of Athens so my first jobs were working in excavations.  It is very hard working under the sun and a little bit boring!
I speak three languages and that allowed me to work at some athletic events as my next jobs.  And one summer I worked in a bar during  summer holidays on the island of Serifos in the Cyclades.


Zodiac sign?: Sagittarius


What do you love about Greece: I love the open air cinemas (which is one of my favorite things to do during summer). I like that you can meet up with friends whenever you want, and there are so many things to do in the city: bars, restaurants, cinema, theatre, museums etc, all really in a short distance.. Athens was not like that 20 years ago! Greece is a small country and offers many options to travel-we have mountains like Pelion and so many islands to choose from. The Cyclades Islands are some of the most unique places to be in the whole world!


Tell us something most people don’t know about you: If I didn’t work in the family business, I’d like to work behind the camera in the movie business. 🙂


Where we are most likely to find you in Lynn’s Kundalini Yoga?  At night yoga on the Acropolis Roof Deck and at Elephant Dance Studio.



What was the first time you tried Kundalini Yoga? September, 2019. It was with Lynn on the roof with the magic view of Acropolis!


Tell us your top tip to combat climate change: Reduce of consumption in every aspect of our lives.


Anything else you’d like us to know?
I’d like to invite you to come visit my jewelry store in Syntagma. Because my sister is the designer, we have one of a kind pieces.
And on a personal note, I’ll share that I love traveling around the world!! It’s the only thing I hope I can do for as long as I live! I’ve been to many countries of South East Asia like Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar.. After the pandemic, my goal is to start exploring North America if possible..

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