Annie Lee Larson’s studio is a small and quiet room tucked away on the 4th floor of an old Bushwick warehouse. The space is charming, vibrant, and very organized. Much like her space, Annie is the most welcoming host. As we poked through her sample swatches and asked questions about color and pattern inspiration, she entertained us with stories of how she came into her craft, her love and passion for her prized knitting machine, and her transition into her new studio digs (she just moved production to Bushwick in April).
Surprisingly, Annie is mostly self-taught and actually began her career in the fashion industry back in Minneapolis working for Target’s in-house design team. It was there that she discovered her love for a Brother knitting machine shown to her by a friend. She was mesmerized by the machine and how it worked. Eventually she saved up enough cash to buy one of her own. Basically, she practiced a lot and began experimenting with different design patterns and colorways and ALL Knitwear was born.
In 2010, she launched her own website and the brand started gaining a lot of momentum. Shortly thereafter, she moved to New York to be in a better place to pursue the brand and all of the attention it was getting.
Annie’s patterns are graphic and meticulously thought over, stitch by stitch, until she achieves the perfect aesthetic balance. She admits that she is a product of her generation, and as such loves the style and colors associated with the 80’s-- devoid of cynicism (think Esprit), with simple shapes and accessible colors that she can make into unique combinations that are interesting to her. Because her sources are limited, she pushes the limits of what she can do. She has proven that she is more than capable of that.
Current color combinations: Yellow and purple, black and white, red and lime
Sweaters or hats: Sweaters
Theme song to your life: "Bills, Bills, Bills" by Destiny's Child
Best NY Slice: Roberta's
Alternate profession: Pianist
Knicks or Nets: Nets, the cheerleader uniforms are sick
Each and every piece is made to order by Annie herself from start to finish. You can seriously feel the love, pride and quality of Annie's work when you put one of her handmade pieces on. And what’s not to love about that?
Be sure to follow her for all the updates @annieleelarson