Want to be a fall intern?
Then click here for all the details. It's gonna be awesome.
Hero_blackandwhite-product-811
Thumb_blackandwhite-product-811 Thumb_blackandwhite-product-111 Thumb_blackandwhite-product-1011 Thumb_blackandwhite-product-911 Thumb_blackandwhite-product-411
Thumb_blackandwhite-product-211 Thumb_blackandwhite-product-311 Thumb_blackandwhite-product-711 Thumb_blackandwhite-product-511 Thumb_blackandwhite-product-611

Behind The Scenes

7 Things Annie Larson Is Seriously Sweating

One look at Annie Larson’s line of color-happy hats and bold, feel-good sweaters, and you’ll be convinced she has an eye for cool. “Right now, I’m really into black and white, heather gray, big shirts, color-blocking, and patterns of all sorts,” the very talented ALL Knitwear mastermind says—more on all that below. —alisha prakash “I am on a huge sportswear kick right now. I have been buying sweatshirts left and right. Norma Kamali is a huge benchmark here. I really love her take on the heather gray sweatshirt dress. I really wish I could find more of them.” “I have really been admiring the design work of Études Studio. I’ve always loved head-to-toe dressing and multiples, so this modern take is really appealing. The collections featuring artwork by Robin Cameron [Ed: Pictured here!] and Pia Howell are really nice.” “The perfect color-blocked wallet from Comme des Garçons—highly functional!” “When it comes to internet shopping, most of my vintage finds come from Etsy. I keep an Etsy window open on my computer all day and will search for different things in between working on sweaters. I thought about buying a Courrèges cut-out coat for a few months, and when I went to make the purchase, I found it had already sold. That’s the game, I guess! I am still very much considering this Versace sweater.” “John McCracken: Works from 1963-2011 just came down at David Zwirner. I loved this show!” “Everyone is all about Nike these days, and I’m totally on that bandwagon. I haven’t found the perfect pair of Flyknits yet, but I’m constantly looking. In the meantime, I have a pair of black and white Frees that are doing just fine.” “I’m really on the hunt for some eighties-era Versace—this is one of my top searches on Etsy these days. The Avedon photographs really work for me too—very inspiring!” Annie’s edition, coming on Tuesday, is going to be one of your newest obsessions—get ready!
Read More »

Annie Larson Makes Sweater Art

You wouldn’t think it would be a sweater designer’s dream to work in steamy Miami, but Annie Larson, the color-happy talent behind the line ALL Knitwear, could not have been more thrilled to head south from Minneapolis (where she was then living) to work with one of her artistic idols, Jim Drain, and put some grant money and cashmere yarn to good use. Here, she shares her experience.“About four years ago, a friend introduced me to Jim Drain’s work. But Jim was actually the one who reached out to me, soon after I started knitting, when he was working on a sweater series for Opening Ceremony. He sent me a really friendly email that just said something like, ‘You’re doing a really great job. Keep it up.’ And I just felt great. It was really exciting. We started emailing a little. When this grant proposal for the Textile Center in Minneapolis came around, I knew that I was going to apply for it, but I didn’t know exactly what my proposal was going to be. The day before the application was due, I asked Jim if he would be open to the idea of me writing a proposal to come to Miami to work with him.”“I worked with Jim in his studio every day for a week and made a sweater that was shown at an exhibition. I was inspired by a series of benches that Jim was working on while I was there—professionally powder-coated, custom-colored benches made out of handicap rails that you would find in places like bathrooms. He sells them as functioning sculptures.”“I feel like there are definitely parallels between that sort of transaction and the sort of sweaters I make—the wearable art idea. My Miami sweater was also a very literal translation of Jim’s color scheme—I really connected with the lime green, hot pink, and black. I used cashmere, which plays on the high-end feeling of Miami and the fact that I wanted to do something different than anything I would do on a daily basis.”“The cashmere yarn is very, very delicate. It was a lot more stressful to work with than cotton, and obviously the stakes are a lot higher when your material is five times your regular material cost. I’m using the remainder of the yarn from the Miami sweater to make ten scarves, and there aren’t any plans for cashmere after that!”Bench photo courtesy of Jim Drain. Annie is back with an edition that will keep you warm all through the winter—see it first thing tomorrow!
Read More »

You May Also Like

See More »