Although she lives in Bilbao, Anita Ribbon's pieces have traveled the world. From Africa to America, where evangelical churches wear hats every week.
She has no problem sharing her age — she was born in '69 — and she's a milliner. Anita designs and makes the most stylish headdresses and hats.
Anita, how do you live your profession?
My profession is very important in my life, I enjoy every moment, but above all, I love contact with my clients, the challenge of finding the perfect piece for each of them. Manual and creative work also brings me a lot of happiness.
What do you like to do in your free time?
My work is my great hobby. I am passionate about fashion and I never tire of see, read, investigate and take courses.
What I enjoy most the rest of the time are personal relationships, spend time with my friends and friends, eating, with a wine, lying in a field or having dinner at home.
I love spending hours dancing and listening to Northern Soul and Rithm & Blues (and drinking the odd screwdriver).
If you didn't need to work, what would you spend your time doing?
I would still do the same job, just a few hours less each day.
What is beauty to you? What is the place where you always find it?
For me, beauty and fashion go hand in hand. Skin care is something that I have always had very present, for me it is part of my well-being.
I like to express myself through my appearance, be it the clothes I wear, the haircut I wear, how I do my makeup, etc. Playing at having a look seems very fun to me.
I am lucky to work in a beautiful place. Surrounded by colors, beautiful fabrics, pictures and furniture. And I always find beauty in flowers, whether they are fresh, in the gardens or in the fabric of headdresses.
Do you have any inspiration that helps you in your day to day? What inspires you?
Inspiration comes to me from many places. I love the aesthetic of the '40s, '50s and '60s, so movies from that era inspire me a lot.
Also the great couturiers and designers of all times. I devour books on fashion.
What care routine do you have in the morning and night?
When the weather is bad or I'm very tired, my nightly routine is cleansing with oil. O cleansing milk almond and marjoram from Nasei that I always remove with a muslin and warm water (it comforts me a lot),
If I have put on make-up, I remove make-up from my eyes with a make-up remover beforehand. I specify and then I clean my skin.
I follow with a toner that keeps the pores at bay, then the floral tonic of orange blossom and rockrose to balance, an essence that prepares the skin for treatment, geranium and jara nourishing serum at discretion, eye contour and a firming cream.
All this from the neckline to the forehead, both included.
When I go to bed, I apply a good dose of nourishing balm tangerine and geranium on my hands (I abuse them a lot at work).
In the morning, I usually alternate a gel and the soap grapefruit and geranium herbal. I love the feeling of cleansing my skin in the shower. I repeat again with the pore toner, the Nasei toner, an essence and, depending on the day, the Nasei serum or a vitamin C serum. I finish with the eye contour and a moisturizer.
How did you meet Nasei? With what 3 words would you describe it?
I met Nasei through a friend who told me wonders about her treatments, products and how great Celia's eyebrows left with the thread at that time.
As soon as I got to know the place, back then, I really liked the atmosphere and the business philosophy of Lorena and Celia. His knowledge of skin captivated me.
If I had to describe Nasei in 3 words, these would be honesty, professionalism and closeness.
What kind of treatments do you add to your beauty routine?
I love getting cabin treatments, massages and cleanings.
What is your favorite Nasei product?
My favorite product is geranium and jara nourishing serum. I have little bottles everywhere and when I'm very tired and feel dry skin between my nose and chin, I apply a few drops to my hands, put them on my face for a few seconds and... like new!
What is your favorite plant, flower, tree or scent?
I have a lot of smell. My favorite smells are tangerines, freshly cut grass and the first drops of rain.
Do you have a beauty tip or recipe you want to share?
The best trick is to always cleanse the skin well and take care of the face, neck and décolleté equally.
Anita, thank you very much for your words, for such a fun session and for taking so long with us.
Text by Verónica Martín and fautographs of Alvaro Santos.