Risa Kostis | Founder & Owner
RISTYLE (ree-style) Consulting is the creation of trained hairstylist, makeup artist and fashion industry veteran, Risa Kostis. Since 2001, Risa has ventured into various aspects of the finished look including special event/wedding hairstyling and makeup artistry as well as photo shoot and television styling, personal shopping, runway, and style consulting. She also has experience as a former Public Relations Director for women’s contemporary accessory and clothing brands such as Goldenbleu in San Francisco and Prairie New York in New York City. During that time, she was responsible for pairing pieces and creating looks that represented successful brands during the peak of their existence, and has gotten a chance to travel to various countries to see just what the world of fashion has to offer. She has worked with well-known style icons including Giuliana Rancic, Bobbie Thomas, and Nancy O’Dell to name a few. Additionally, Risa has worked as a freelance style editor and writer in the ‘blogzine’ world, offering style advice for Phoenix area residents looking to enhance their style and look their best from day-to-day.
Although she hails from humble Maine beginnings, Risa has lived in fashion-minded cities such as Boston, San Francisco, New York, Phoenix, and Florence, Italy – always clutching tightly her excitement for style. Her allowance money was spent not on candy or sidewalk chalk like most children in her neighborhood, rather on the latest fashions from the Gap or other teen favorite stores she begged her parents to take her to. Her desire for her own look developed early when she would put in outfit requests with her talented seamstress mother the night before school, just so she would have something different to wear than all the other kids (with a matching scrunchie she herself would sew of course). When friends began soliciting her hair and makeup skills for weddings, and boutiques that she frequented started asking her to be a guest buyer at local wholesale trade shows, she quickly realized where her skills would be best utilized. She knows how to hunt for a deal, style what’s already in your closet for an updated look, spot the next wearable trend, or splurge on a timeless luxury piece. Most importantly, she understands the needs of her clients and does whatever she can to meet them.
Risa has been recognized in 2015 and 2016 as Arizona Foothills’ Magazine ‘Best Personal Shopper’, one of Scottsdale Modern Luxury’s 2015 ‘Women of Style’, and chosen as one of the top six stylists in 2016 by Phoenix Fashion Week.