Lilo Navales grew up in Southern Spain, where the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea inspired her active lifestyle. She combined her passion for horses, biking, and skiing with her eye for design, and her marketing skills to establish Leather Goods of Spain in 1997. Lilo’s brand, LILO Collections, offers stylish product lines including jewelry, belts, accessories, apparel, luggage and small leather goods.
In 2016, Lilo designed and launched her active jewelry and accessories line that also includes Spanish leather belts and active wallets. She and her team make the jewelry and and cut-to-order the leather belts in her Virginia-based studio. The “Active Jewelry” line is designed for the outdoors loving individual who wants to show their passion and who they are. From runners, cyclists, triathletes, to water, snow sports and nature lovers, to equestrians, and yoga practitioners, each jewelry piece is lovingly made with beautiful Spanish leather and European hardware. Whether you are setting a race goal, celebrating a new distance accomplished, showing your love of horses, or calming your mind with yoga, there’s a LILO jewelry piece and belt that will speak to you.
Lilo drew inspiration from her friends who are athletes, single moms, and cancer survivors to create the “Express Yourself!” jewelry line. This unique jewelry uses words to motivate, inspire, and encourage men and women to express themselves as they navigate life’s challenges.
When Lilo is away from running her business and her studio, she maintains an active lifestyle. She regularly competes in mountain bike races, running races and triathlons, and enjoys skiing in the Winter. She was a former professional ski instructor in NH for 13 seasons, and counts being an Ironman triathlon finisher among her many athletic accomplishments. She also tirelessly volunteers as the President of the Richmond Triathlon Club, and is a Director of RVAMore (a non-profit organization that advocates for sustainable trails in the Greater Richmond, VA area), as well as doing cat rescues (TNR) to help control the feral cat community. Lilo hopes you will enjoy wearing her products as much as she has enjoyed designing them.