All About Annabelle
An Australian country girl from Outback Queensland with a passion for design in all it's forms.
Many moons ago, at 17, Annabelle started her first accessory and womens' clothing label, Minterbelle, sourcing materials and manufacturing clothes out of India. Her jewellery designs were worn on and off set, of the iconic Australian show, Home and Away by Kate Ritchie, Rebecca Hewitt and Australian muse, Isabel Lucas. Later, she moved on to become a Stylist and Accessories Designer for the Australian sportswear label, Lorna Jane.
Her itching curiosity of what lay behind those never ending horizons of her childhood and her trips to India gave her the thirst to be a full-time Wanderluster. In 2008, she took off with a backpack and an around the world ticket, and ended up traveling solo. The day her feet touched Spanish soil, she was lost forever, hopelessly in love with Spain and couldn't help but walk to her new Spanish beat.
She sold everything she owned and packed her bags for Madrid in 2010 when she won a scholarship to study Fashion and Accessories Design in the leading Institute of European Design. Her first year designs were invited to be exhibited in the Paris Fashion Week at the Louvre in 2011 and later in La Caixa Forum in Madrid as part of their Sustainable Fashion Movement exhibitions.
In the European summer of 2012, Annabelle launched a new accessories label called Three Lives Collide with her best friend, Hannah Morgan, a psychologist based in Sydney at the time. Under Three Lives Collide, Annabelle designed pieces for the Spanish actress sensation, Blanca Suarez for events such as the Valentino party.
Annabelle's love for wine and costume design came together when she completed her thesis in 2013. Working with Spanish photographer Jorge Alvariño and Venezuelan artist Robert Tirado, she designed a collection of wine bottles and their packaging and made a marketing campaign in an underwater photo shoot and short film to launch the first wine of the collection for the Spanish winery, Elesvinos.
Upon graduating from IED, Annabelle received her first bridal gown client, Sian. She also made the bridesmaids' accessories, and from there, viola, the aisle to bridal wear opened up. Since then she has personally accessorised many brides, bridesmaids, flower girls, guests and even the groom and his groomsmen too. In 2016 she married her Spanish love in Spain, and couldn't resist the temptation to break all the usual bridal wear design traditions.
In the European summer of 2016, Annabelle decided to combine all of her loves and talents and launch her own jewellery, bridal and costume design label. Everything is made by hand by Annabelle, in her Madrid studio, from high quality materials of which many she has collected from mountain tops, exotic beaches, vast deserts and hidden back alleyways over the years traveling. She strives to make custom made pieces and limited editions, because in a world of global fast fashion, it's hard to find something that is essentially, you. Since we are all unique, style too should be personalised.
Recently Annabelle has been adorning the stunning Spanish diva, Soraya Arnelas, and her La Dolce Romance Earrings have become her favourite pair this summer. Annabelle currently stocks in That's my Closet (Madrid, Spain), Mikano Moda (Majorca, Spain) and in Australia; Rooster and Rabbit (Yamba, NSW), Tulip Boutique (Brisbane QLD), The Tackroom Boutique (Longreach QLD), Lulu & Daw (Darwin, NT). Due to requests from all corners of the globe, she has launched an online jewellery store that ships worldwide at a flat rate so that anyone, from anywhere can purchase their own unique treasure, anytime. Because Annabelle's philosophy is that distance should have no boundaries and it's always worth going that extra mile.