Yiannis Karitsiotis was born in Corinth, Greece. He studied Fashion Textile Design at Bradford Art College in England. After his studies, he designed for Yiannis Tseklenis (Greece), the European Divisions of Asics and NIKE, GAP Star (USA) and J.C. Penney (USA). He launched his own designer labels "Yiannis Karitsiotis Limited Versions" in 1991 and "Kathimerina" (easy wear) in 1997.