Annie Van Harlingen, born on the British Virgin Island of Tortola, can trace her talent back to a creative and eclectic family. Her mother, a successful boutique owner who launched numerous stores on the surrounding islands, was instrumental in exposing the young artist to treasures, family heirlooms, and vintage clothing. Annie’s love and use of texture and color is reflective of her childhood spent on the islands, surrounded by salvage divers, a strong nautical influence and the colors native to the Caribbean islands.
Annie relocated to New York in 2003, where she worked under the renowned and eccentric designer Betsy Johnson and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Annie was hired by Putumayo, corporately based in Charleston, SC, to design and launch the contemporary collection S.H.A.G (Sexy, Hip & Gorgeous).
Annie now resides full time in Charleston, SC where she continues to focus her attention on development of the Van H. jewelry collection.