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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Alex moved to New York City and studied Fine Arts at NYU. During her childhood summers in Chania, she was captivated by the Cretan lifestyle and later decided to leave a successful marketing career in Manhattan to take over the family winery in the village of Vatolakkos and grow it into one of the most reputable in Greece. Along with her family, Alexandra revels in the marvels and challenges of Mediterranean life spicing things up along the way with an odd, globally-inspired twist.

Alex’s journey navigating a half-known culture, tackling unexpected hurdles and discovering the beautiful moments of the island, shape both the concept and the design of her art. Honoring the ancient practice of ceramic art, she creates handmade design objects that blend her own background story and the culture clashes that she encountered in her contemporary Greek island life. The whole results in a continuous dialogue, characterized by bold elements and aesthetic consistency. 

You can see Alex's art and studio in her brasserie called Maiami in the Koum Kapi area of Chania. You can also find a selection of pieces at her winery, Manousakis Winery.


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