A Tour of Annie Larson’s Brooklyn Pad

The designer just made a big move last year—and she’s feeling right at home.

“I’ve wanted to move to New York ever since—well, for a long time,” says Annie Larson, whose career started at Target HQ in Minneapolis, where she eventually launched her bold knitwear line in 2009. “This place is just so exciting—nobody can deny that.” What’s also exciting is that she and her artist BF, Eric Carlson, scored themselves a borderline-palatial Bushwick, Brooklyn, home last October. “We came out to look, and we found a place in the first half day. We just went shopping for the rest of the time,” Annie adds. Take a look at how they set up their pad when they moved in. —erica

“This is sort of our office. My computer is the desktop, and Eric’s is the laptop—we sit on either side, like relationship corner.”

“That graphite drawing is one of Eric’s pieces. He does illustration, he does book design, he does physical installations, and he’s done skateboards and snowboards. We really had to pare down our record and tape collection when we moved—records are especially heavy. John Lennon is always on heavy rotation, and George Harrison has been getting some more play recently. I love classic rock, almost exclusively. Eric has more diverse taste.”

“We don’t have that many closets, so before we left Minneapolis, we bought 12 of these uniform white boxes that we call our deep storage. We each have six. I have one that’s called the Fashion Time Capsule. I’ve wanted to throw away so much of my old work over the years—stuff from college, stuff from before college, stuff I was working on when I was at Target—but I’ve dissuaded myself from it.”

“That crazy quilt has been in my family a while. We’re trying to figure out how to store shoes—that’s been a major issue.”

“There are some pretty amazing rugs on Etsy—I bought this one there. I found an acrylic one from the seventies in the shape of a tiger that’s so amazing. I had it in my basket, but when I showed it to Eric, he wasn’t into it at all. I think that if he came home and saw a tiger in our apartment—if it was already there, which it very easily could be at any time—what would he do, throw it away?”

“That’s my studio. I actually got rid of like 60% of my yarn stock before I left Minnesota. I recently bought a new knitting machine and some software. Now I do all my patterns on a computer and plug the machine in. It’s amazing—I can do so many different things.”

“The cast-iron rack actually came from my parents’ basement. We did a major sorting out of our hangers before we left. I got all of our hangers onto one rail and walked through like, ‘This one’s gone, this one’s gone, this one’s gone. We’re not keeping any that are electric blue, we’re not keeping any that are white, and we’re not keeping any that are thick.’ My whole theory of moving is not to move anything we don’t want.”

Annie’s back with an Alumni Sunday edition! Make sure you don’t miss it!

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What’s Inside (and Behind) Mary Meyer’s Brooklyn Store

Get the scoop from the designer/shop owner herself.

On top of her impressive design skills, Mary Meyer has a nose for cool. She has a wicked ability to sniff out the next buzzy band and source jewelry that no one else is wearing (yet). And, since August, she has brought her discovery talents to her namesake shop at 56 Bogart Street, in what might be considered downtown Bushwick, Brooklyn. In addition to her own graphic, pared-down pieces, she carries—well, we’ll let her show you herself.

Click here to score Mary’s rad screen-printed scarf that you can only get right here. Just 33 in the whole wide world!

A sampling of some of Mary’s killer jewelry finds.

“This is the building that I wanted to be in. If you’re in a neighborhood that is up-and-coming like this, if you’re not at the center of it—there’s no way we could be doing what we’re doing. I called about the building and looked at a space a couple floors up, and I asked the guy who showed it to me, ‘So, what’s going on with the ground floor?’ Turns out it was being built-out, and none of it had been rented.”

Striking Lila Rice earrings.

“I didn’t realize I was going to enjoy being a buyer so much. Going to the trade shows and carrying designs from people that I have personal relationships with is exciting, and I like that I’m representing a community.”

The popular nut rings.

“I’m pairing the higher-end lines with good designs that make up our little grab-and-go section. It’s mostly just about looking for cool products that work with what we’re doing—great $15 sunglasses and pocketknives made in the Southwest. I found these rings made out of nuts from Peru at a trade show. I thought I was crazy when I bought them, but they’ve done well.”

Another tempting score: cozy and well-priced bajas.

“For spring, one of the things that I’m most excited about is carrying Betsey Johnson. I felt a little star-stuck when I placed the order—she’s the first designer I ever owned. I decided not to get the typical Betsey Johnson baby-doll dress and to stick with a group that felt right in the store—things you might not even know were Betsey Johnson if you saw them on the rack.”

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Alumni News: Mary Meyer Opens Doors in Brooklyn

One very good reason to hit up Bushwick: Mary Meyer, the designer behind our Blue Hex Scarf, recently opened shop on 56 Bogart Street—minutes from the Morgan Avenue L stop. In addition to Mary’s stellar, graphic designs, expect to find some of our other favorites—the dye-centric line Cook & Gates that’s produing an edition for us next week, for example—at the boutique-slash-designer studio. The spot is just around the corner from Roberta’s, so doubling up is probably in order. —jiayi

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