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.
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 Handbags® 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 Handbags® have caught the attention of celebrities such as Angelina Jolie who owns Annie’s Athena clutch and most recently Kalsea Ballerini who carried Annie’s python minaudiere to the VMA’S. Annie Handbags® have also been featured throughout the final season of the iconic Gossip Girl and the new hit Showtime Series Billions 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”.
Annie Diamantidis’ namesake collection is rapidly growing. Her signature style handbags are made to form a woman’s body giving them a custom fit and Annie’s sought after accessories are worn by the most beautiful women. She caters to women who harmonize luxury with practicality. Her designs can be found in luxury boutiques and hotels nationwide such as the Trump Hotel and Tower Chicago, Roseark in Santa Monica, and Avedon in Beverly Hills to name a few.