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Q&A: Woman Behind the Line

ACB's Annie Costello Brown

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Accessories designer Annie Costello Brown’s handiwork is the stuff dreams (leather-woven, semiprecious stone-studded, bronze-coated dreams) are made of.

If you aren’t familiar with the L.A.-based designer’s collection, ACB, get thee to her site stat. Otherwise, stick around and read Brown’s ruminations on accessorizing, karaoke songs, and first tattoos.

Name: Annie Costello Brown

Neighborhood: Mt. Washington

Occupation: Jewelry and accessories designer

Last movie you saw in a theater?
The documentary The Queen of Versailles, a train wreck of greed gone totally off the rails.

Finish this sentence: “A woman’s place is…”

In the oval office.

Go-to karaoke song?
Probably some ’70s soft-rock hit like Fleetwood Mac’s “Over My Head,” Gerry Rafferty’s “Right Down the Line,” or something like that.

What’s a surefire way to get your creative juices flowing?
Stop being a critic and be in the moment.

Trader Joes, Whole Foods, or Ralph’s?
I do a mix. Sort of like a Whole Joe Ralph’s.

You have a fair amount of tattoos. What was your first one?
A linear “sleeve” on my left arm. I got it in 1996. The design was originally from an ink drawing/collage I did on a nude black-and-white photo of myself.

What’s L.A.’s best kept secret?
There’s a great bathroom at Forest Lawn Glendale behind the Wee Kirk o’ the Heather Chapel. That’s where Jay Sebring’s funeral was.

What’s the number one rule of accessorizing?
I’m definitely not opposed to “just throwing something on”! I think rad style has to do with gesture. Rad style is exciting to look at because it doesn’t look fussed over and it’s not overwrought or overly calculated looking. High-maintenance style doesn’t feel modern to me. That’s not to say it can’t be interesting.

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Photo: Courtesy of Annie Costello Brown