The 411: Anndra Neen’s Phoebe and Annette Stephens
The phrase “statement piece” gets thrown around a lot—too much, perhaps—in the jewelry realm. But the singular artful designs dreamt up by the sisters Stephens (that’d be Phoebe and Annette) for their accessory line Anndra Neen are just that; call them declaration pieces, even. After steering from their original career paths (Phoebe worked for Phillips de Pury, Annette in theater), they were motivated to start their brand in 2009, after a trip to Japan. And while elements of Japanese design have shown up in the pair’s work, they pluck inspiration from a motley array of sources—Bauhaus, Egyptian motifs, and their own childhoods spent living in Mexico City with a hyper-talented family: Their grandmother, sculptor and jewelry designer Annette Nancarrow, crafted eclectic pre-Colombian-style pieces prized by women like Frida Kahlo, Anaïs Nin, and Peggy Guggenheim (the knack for creating wearable objets d’art clearly runs in the family). The duo take an out-of-the-box approach to everything in their lives, fashion and beauty included, so we were eager to get the inside scoop on a few of their favorite things.—Fiorella Valdesolo
The Beauty Balm: African Shea Butter “You can put it in your hair, face, and body—after a week, your skin feels so soft.”
Available at www.etsy.com.
The Natural Strand Solution: Rahua
“We love the Rahua shampoo and conditioner. The organic products are rain-forest-grown.”
Available at www.rahua.com.
The Signature Scents: Niche Standouts
“Histoires de Parfums 1969 [Annette], and a combination of Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan and Tiempe Passate [Phoebe].”
Available at www.luckyscent.com.
The Skin Savers: Kiehl’s and Deja Vu
“Kiehl’s for their lip balm and deodorant, and Deja Vu’s Dead Sea Body Salt Scrub smells so good and makes your skin tingle.”
Available at www.kiehls.com and www.dejavu-cosmetics.com.
The In-Town Escape: The Greenwich Hotel Spa
“They have a beautiful indoor pool. We love to go there when we need to unwind and get away. You don’t feel like you are in New York. We also recommend the facials and massages there. You can soak in a Japanese-style bath, then have the most delicious yuzu-and-agave drink.”
For more information, visit www.thegreenwichhotel.com.
The Body Builder: Tracy Anderson
“It really is the best workout. You get to dance and get in shape all at the same time!”
For more information, visit www.tracyandersonmethod.com.
The Hair Hero: Martin-Christopher Harper
“Marty is a beauty/fashion guru. He cut Phoebe’s hair at a party—in the dark, with regular scissors and dry hair—and it still came out amazing!”
For more information, visit www.martin-christopherharper.com.
The Detox Destination: Temazcal at The Posada del Tepozteco
“A temazcal is a sweat lodge that originated in pre-Hispanic times. They have an amazing one in the town of Tepoztlán, at the Posada del Tepozteco Hotel. It is a valley an hour south of Mexico City, with the most gorgeous mountains. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as well as The Magnificent Seven were both filmed there.”
For more information, visit www.posadadeltepozteco.com.mx.
The Raw Deal: One Lucky Duck
“They have the best ‘taco salad,’ and real coconut water.”
For more information, visit www.oneluckyduck.com.
The Fragrance House: Osswald Parfumerie
“It is a beautiful parfumerie originally from Zurich, Switzerland. Ask for Clement, who will make you feel right at home, and who has many interesting things to say about the scent world. They also happen to sell Arquiste, a brand created by our fellow Mexican friend Carlos Huber.”
311 West Broadway, New York, NY, (212) 625-3111; www.osswaldnyc.com.
The Beach-Holiday Hangout: Matachica Boutique Hotel in Belize
“We went for a New Year’s getaway and had the most relaxing time. Canadian owner Daniel Lighter and his family made our stay so fun.”
For more information, visit www.matachica.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Anndra Neen