Annie O. Waterman grew up in Northern California, about an hour north of San Francisco. She was alwa...
Boulder, Co, United States
Designer (Textile Design)
Member since November 08, 2010
I grew up in Northern California, about an hour north of San Francisco and have always been drawn to photography, travel, textiles, art, and philanthropy.
From an early age, my family and I traveled often, allowing for unique exposure throughout the world. While traveling, I was particularly drawn to traditional artisan work as a way to connect with people and this resulted in the formation of some remarkable relationships. While attending University, I studied photography and ethnic studies, but over the years, I found myself connected to design for social change.
In 2007, I traveled to Peru with vague ideas of starting a business. Nothing was concrete until I crossed paths with an incredible women-run cooperative in Central Peru. The group is made up of about 80 women who are living in impoverished conditions and have been victims of domestic violence.
Two years ago, I officially launched annie O. boutique, first selling belts through trunk shows and later indulging my love for design by developing a line of clutches, handbags, horn cuffs, alpaca shawls and more.
"annie O. boutique designs and sources beautiful hand crafted women’s accessories which empowers craft entrepreneurs to thrive by using their traditional skills in order to bring hope and positive change into their lives".