GRUPO GITANO founder & principal owner
James is the visionary entrepreneur behind GRUPO GITANO which includes GITANO TULUM, THE JUNGLE ROOM, GITANO NYC, GITANO FARMS and CALÓ. He designed, developed, manages and is the main investor in GITANO NYC.
"He may be a beginner restaurateur in New York, but Gardner has plenty of varied experiences that are converging in the here and now. He moved from his native Britain in the mid-90s to take a job in technology and strategy for Goldman Sachs. A Wall Streeter by day, during off hours he formed close friendships in the fashion world. In 2004 he became a digital fashion pioneer, launching Marc Jacobs’ first website, swiftly followed by other launches and relaunches of digital platforms and e-commerce sites (for Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Stella McCartney, and many more)." Eve MacSweeney, VOGUE
GRUPO GITANO PARTNER
Melissa is an entrepreneur and pioneer in Tulum and in Health and Wellness. She founded and has built the Amansala Hotel with 100 rooms on Tulum Beach. She also founded Bikini Bootcamp. In 2017 she invested in GITANO TULUM and has since invested in and GRUPO GITANO and GITANO NYC, partnering with James Gardner.
GRUPO GITANO GENERAL MANAGER
Nathy originally from Marseille, has worked at leading hospitality properties in London and Europe for the last 15 years. She has led the GITANO TULUM team since 2017 and in 2018 was promoted to lead all operations for GRUPO GITANO. Prior to GITANO Nathy was part of Andre Balazs team opening the Chiltern Firehouse in London and running the exclusive Ladershed for three years.
GITANO NYC EXECUTIVE CHEF & PARTNER