Annie Diamantidis is known for using the most luxurious materials on her handcrafted accessories. From a collection of exotic crocodile, python, ostrich, and stingray in bright bold colors and finished with genuine 14k gold hardware. In 2009 due to the growing demand of her luxury accessories she incorporated her sought after leather collection with 14GP hardware. Whether it's her exotic collection or leather line, each design fuses feminity and contemporary style with exotic materials and unexpected hues creating timeless treasures.
Born in Chicago, she moved to the Greek island of Chios at the young age of five. Having limited resources on an island, her mother who was a seamstress taught her to be resourceful. Annie was able to learn first-hand how to create items that were one-of-a-kind. A year later she returned back to the United States where she now calls home but travels to Greece regularly.
In her senior year at DePaul University she applied for an internship with one of Chicago's leading jewelry designer's called Lana Bramlette and landed the internship. After graduation Annie was hired immediately and was head of sales in the Midwest region. After three years, determined to start her own label she took a few years off to travel and visit several different tanneries and manufacturers in destinations such as Italy, Greece and Turkey. Along the way she was able to find treasures that she later incorporated onto her handbags and accessories.
Annie's inspiration is her heritage. She is from Greek decent and all her bags have been inspired by the architecture and history of Greece. She pay homage to Greek Goddess of centuries past by naming her handbags after them.
Annie handbag silhouettes are modern yet classic. Her Nyx clutch is her best selling clutch and is an original Annie Design. It is so popular among her clients it has been copywritten.
Since launching her namesake collection of luxury handbags, the Chicago designer is quickly gaining global recognition. Annie has been labeled by Michigan Avenue Magazine a "Chicago Made, Power Designer", Fashion TV says Annie HandbagsÂ® is a "Trend to Remember", and Haute Living Magazine has labeled Annie one of the most influential Chicago residents, just to name a few.
Annie HandbagsÂ® was featured throughout the final season of the hit show Gossip Girl and designer Annie Diamantidis made a guest appearance as a "handbag expert" on the new hit reality show filmed in her hometown of Chicago called "Hardcore Pawn". Currently her bags are featured on the Showtime series Billions!