Annie Costello Brown
Raised in the Northern California Sausalito houseboat community of the 1970s and 80’s, Annie’s childhood was spent surrounded by artists, musicians and craftspeople. Exposed early on to a DIY culture that encouraged resourcefulness and creativity, she went on to earn a degree in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. Annie spent the next decade working as a freelance artist and designer, traveling throughout Indonesia and Southeast Asia, finally settling in Los Angeles. In 2006 her distinctive line of accessories was founded.
The result is a line built on a keen eye for form and color, clean geometric shapes matched with a thoroughly modern earthiness. Annie has been tapped for creative collaborations with the likes of Stefano Pilati at Yves Saint Laurent, Creatures of the Wind, Des Kohan Boutique and Jesse Kamm. In 2010, ACB was included in the California Design Biennial at the Pasadena Museum of California Art and, in 2012, the line was featured in the Thames & Hudson artisan jewelry book; The New Artisans.
“With my work, I seek a balance of refinement and imperfection,” says Costello Brown of ACB’s primary inspirations, “I’m always looking to create something I’ve never seen before. Not necessarily avant garde, but a unique, handcrafted kind of beauty. I am not interested in a mass produced product with no flaws. The big picture for me, is ‘there are no rules’. It is fashion, so it is always and continually evolving.”