Storm Ritter is an ambidextrous artist, fashion designer, and business owner of Storm Ritter, Inc. in Greenwich Village, NYC. Full time painter, she specializes in studio art, painted garments, scenic/costume design, and public murals.
2011, she was competitively involved in theatrical design at her International Baccalaureate program. Storm moved to New York City and attended from New York University, attending Tisch School of the Arts and Gallatin School of Individualized Study, graduating in 2015. Outside of college, her work experience in television/stage wardrobe (Saturday Night Live) and editorial fashion styling (Vogue, Marie Claire) equipped her skills in art and fashion production. Living in the village during college, Storm spent her time at her home studio developing her business and birthing her signature visual, The Cool People.
In 2015, Storm truly aligned with the heartbeat of the Village. As a new business owner in New York City, Storm opened a two-story, brick-and-mortar storefront, Storm Ritter Studio, on West 8th Street. Embodying the quintessential village vibe, the store housed a working studio and retail shop featuring her original fashion and art. Every garment and product was handmade in house, and her intimate staff created a safe haven space for all. Storm painted murals ceiling to floor, always accompanied by her studio cat and record players. She hosted countless eccentric events and launched creative campaigns featuring new apparel and merchandise. Attracting locals, tourists, and celebrities (Miley Cyrus, Usher, Cheap Trick, etc.) the shop invited everyone to experience nostalgia in a modern community of cool. Storm was active with the Greenwich Village Alliance, creating collaborations with other businesses in her community and running local pop-ups.
2018, Storm opened a solo show of paintings and garments, Storm Ritter Experience, at 9 West 8th Street. With positive response of her village street style, Storm began freelancing wardrobe for Mean Girls on Broadway for the character, Janis. This launched an extended relationship for costuming for the national tour as well. End of 2019, she closed her physical location and opened a new corporation, Storm Ritter, Inc., with intents to re-open a public studio store. But, Storm switched gears due to COVID-19 and exclusively ran her e-commerce and private fine art studio in the West Village.
2020, Storm focused on bulk face mask manufacture and donation, shipping 2,000+ masks made of her original textiles to essential workers and clients from her home studio. During COVID's peak in NYC, Storm used her time to develop a new body of artwork, as well as teach art classes to NYC Girl Scouts via Zoom.
2021, Storm launched a fine art series, Realm of The Cool People, opening a show in Meatpacking NYC that extended into a solo show. Showing in multiple galleries from Soho to Midtown, Storm dipped her toes in the gallery world of Manhattan. The year was filled with painting and art sales, ending with her start in selling NFTs, showing in the NYC Crypto Fair in Times Square, with a feature in Forbes. As of 2022, she continues to expand her fine art collection, execute on public space murals, and start publishing visual work into 2023. With gratitude to the inspiring characters she’s met along the way, Storm values endless didactic education. Inner peace is our most valuable currency, and her mission is to share the richness of our souls.