According to legend, pink tulips represent the finer things in life.
My name is Annette Cook, and I grew up in a small Connecticut town where the school colors might as well have been pink and green.
Lilly Pulitzer was regarded as a Goddess.
When The Preppy Handbook was published, no one in town thought it was a joke.
But while I no longer wear polo shirts with the collars starched up, I will always have a soft spot for the finer things that celebrate that identity – crisp lines, oh-so-perfect color combinations, and the persnickety attention to detail that is visible only to those who recognize good quality.
As far back as I can remember, handbags presented a problem for me. Aside from my cherished Bermuda Bag (for which I had the requisite 167 covers), I found most bags to be too frumpy, or too busy, or they had that dreadful top-stitching. On the rare occasion that I’d find a bag I liked, I’d use it until it practically disintegrated.
Many years later, I found myself with a menagerie of experience in business management, floral design, sewing, bootstrapping, and a can-do entrepreneurial spirit*– when it occurred to me to put all of that experience in a virtual blender, and see what would happen.
The astonishingly fun result has been Pink Tulips, and pinktulips.biz!
My clothing and handbag designs are all original, and everything that goes to market is something I would carry or wear myself. I am a stickler for excellent quality, and I’d put the quality of my work up against the best of them. And while quality of workmanship is one thing, the style and focus of the embellishments is a whole different ball of wax. My goal with each and every one of my creations is to incorporate unexpected, delightful whimsy into classic, timeless style.
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* I inherited this from my great-grandfather. The fire alarm and the fuse were two of his many brain children. I never knew him, but as you can imagine, every living person in my rather knotty family tree takes great pride in sharing his gene pool, and we never miss the opportunity to brag about his accomplishments!
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