In April 2009, Anndra Neen was founded by sisters Phoebe and Annette Stephens during a trip to Japan. At the time, the pair was living in New York City, where Pheobe was a fashion specialist at Phillips de Pury and Annette was pursuing a career in theatre.
Their jewelry inspirations began during childhood while surrounded by artists in Mexico City. Their grandmother, Annette Nancarrow, was a painter, sculptor, and jewelry designer who had collaborated with the Muralist Movement in Mexico. Attracted to their grandmother’s eclecticism, the sisters drew on their own interpretations of antique European jewelry, ancient Egyptian motifs, Japanese design elements, and Bauhaus graphics. Today, each Anndra Neen piece is unique and hand crafted by artisans in Mexico City.
In October 2011, Anndra Neen was awarded the prestigious Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize. The pieces have been worn by Michelle Obama, Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore, and Nicole Richie, among others.
Meet Phoebe & Annette Stephens
Expertise: Jewelry, Fashion, Love advice
Location: New York City & Mexico
Interests: Collecting vintage jewelry & clothing, make-up techniques from the 80's, food, magazines, 20th century furniture, traveling, limited edition books, art, discovering new bands.
Background: We were born and raised in Mexico City.
Favorite meal: Tuna tostadas from Contramar, ribs from Houston's.
Recent purchase: A Celine jacket and The Emperor's New Clothes illustrated by Karl Lagerfeld.
Hidden talent: Hula hoop.
Book/film recommendation: Film: I Am Love. Book: The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño.
Restaurant recommendation: Chez Hamadi in Tangier. Kajitsu in New York.
If I had $20, I’d… : Try to double it.
Transformative travel experience: Japan & India.
Favorite neighborhood: Bairro Alto in Lisbon.
Dream holiday: A trip to Siwa and a boat ride down the Nile.
If I could solve one problem, it would be: World hunger.
I wish people cared more about: Others.
Recent big aha!: Realizing that the Tracy Anderson Method is working.
The world would be a better place if: We cared more about the environment.