The ARMED Team
Desiree Girlato || CEO
A true Toronto native, Desiree attended Humberside Montessori School as child and then went on to attend the University of Toronto and Humber College (Lakeshore) as a young adult. She graduated with a Bachelors of Commerce degree from Guelph Humber. She received a number of awards during her studies, including the New Venture Seed Fund Award (2010) and the Friendly Fire Competition Award (2011), reflecting achievement in innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity. The hustle was real, as she founded ARMED jewelry in 2011, at its current flagship location, while still a full time business student at Humber. A real testament to her incredible work ethic, appreciation for her customers and sharp eye for design, ARMED will be celebrating its 7th birthday in September.
Through ARMED, Desiree continues to serve her home base of Toronto but has also presented her work beyond the borders of this wonderful city with the same level of quality and workmanship that the business was founded on in 2011. Her keen eye and trendsetting style have allowed her to excel in the fast paced markets of both the fashion and accessories industries. With great vision and keeping an eye on new horizons, you can be guaranteed that there will always be something fresh and new going on at ARMED jewelry. In her own words, “I am a perfect mix of conceptual artist and business woman, and find my inspiration right in my own neighbourhood.”
When not designing or running the business, Desiree can be found ‘lost’ in the middle of nature or thrifting for antiques to style a new room.
Andrea Tablas | Sales | Operations | Creatives
At the age of 5, Andrea moved to Toronto with her family from San Salvador, the capital and largest city in El Salvador. She is now an Early Childhood Studies (BA) graduate from Ryerson University. Andrea has worked with many families from diverse backgrounds and when she is not working with children, she can be found at ARMED jewelry.
Andrea believes it is important to dress yourself with purpose and wear jewelry that makes you feel confident. She believes that fashion can inspire creativity in your everyday life and that is why she uses jewelry to personalize her outfits and as a means of self-expression.