Talk about crushes, I've felt a soft spot for Annie Larson and her particular creativity, for a long time. When I first met her, she was still in high school, sewing handbags before anyone else had thought of it, and even before she knew how to sew. She brought 5 of her bags in to my store to sell, and I was captivated. From the get-go she was obviously an artist, making it up as she went, in the middle of a midwestern small town high school.
From there she went to University (of Minnesota) where she studied fashion design, was graduated, and then worked for several years for Target, designing junior's and men's apparel. She always had her own stuff going on the side, making and showing collections of clothing that radiated high energy, and fashion bounce. She was often noticed.
Next thing, she has imagined her own company, with a Brother KH-950 Electroknit Knitting Machine, ALL Knitwear, her own label, launched in April, 2010. She left Target behind, and she's pretty much a star now. If you're interested in fashion and blogs, you've probably seen her work in several high profile blogs in the past year.
I'm so proud of her, and what's more, she's so inspiring, and always makes me want to shake up my own things in a different, better way. Do keep your eye on her. Oh, and buy some of her pieces!
They look fresh and flattering on anybody.
I still have some of her ringspun cotton knitted hats and her scarves in SNO-CRUSH.
Hats are $48 - $55, and her scarf is $96. You can email me for what's available (firstname.lastname@example.org), or you can also purchase her work directly from her at ALL for Everyone where you can see her full collection, her latest news, and a bunch of cute pictures of Annie herself.