Annie Diamantidis is a luxury handbag designer. Inspired by the history and mythology of Greece each Annie Handbag® pays homage to Greek Goddesses- Athena, Clio, Selene, and Eris. Annie Handbags® are for today’s goddesses. Upon launching her namesake collection in 2009, editors and stylists alike were captivated by the unique combination of exotic crocodile, python, ostrich, and calfskin with genuine 14k gold jewelry accents.Michigan Avenue Magazine labeled her a “Chicago Made, Power Designer,” while Fashion TV declared her line a “Trend to Remember.” The Handbag Report has profiled her as a “Haute Designer” and her ostrich Clio clutch has been feautured as the “Handbag of the Day” by Luxist. Annie Diamatidis regularly partners with charities like Heroes and Handbags and Save-A-Mother project in support of women and children.. Annie Handbags are carried exclusively in high end boutiques nationwide in some of the hottest markets like Chicago, Beverly Hills, Miami, and New York.
Where were you born ?
How long in Chicago:
My entire life, except for the one year I lived in Greece.
Designer of Annie Handbags
100 South Chop House & Grille in Elmhurst. Love the seafood and chic atmosphere.
Best Ethnic Food:
My mom’s house!
Carmine’s on Rush St.
Best place for late night dining:
After a long day of work, I like to dine at home or if I am on a business trip I like to order room service.
Ghirardelli ice cream & chocolate shop. They have the most incredible hot fudge sundaes.
Best place for a romantic date:
stroll through Lincoln Park Zoo and then a picnic near the lagoon.
Best Sunday brunch:
The Signature Room at the 95th
Japonais along the Chicago River.
Best place for a power business meeting:
The Peninsula Hotel. I have business meetings with boutique buyers in Chicago over brunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel on the rooftop in front of a beautiful fireplace. You can’t find a more relaxed atmosphere to talk business.
All-around favorite spot in Chicago:
Greek Town on Halsted St. Great restaurants, pastries, coffee shops, music, and entertainment.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The Elysian Hotel
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Cusp and Intermix
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Love anything vintage!!
The Spa at Trump
Favorite Charity Event:
Heroes for Handbags. I love to donate Annie Handbags to this wonderful charity because the money raised helps families with children battling cancer.
Favorite Cultural Institution:
The Chicago Botanic Gardens
Best Aspect of Chicago:
Chicago has the best of everything! Amazing restaurants, beautiful architecture, the best shopping, and best of all, the community is so supportive of local businesses.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria’s deep dish is the best pizza in Chicago with the chocolate chip pizza for desert! It’s a huge chocolate chip cookie baked in a mini pan with ice cream, whipped cream, and a cherry. Trust me it worth the run on the treadmill afterwards!
I enjoy lunch on the patio at RL Restaurant and then shopping on Michigan Ave.
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
The most efficient way to get around the city is the “L.”
Museum of Contemporary Art
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Navy Pier. It has a little of everything. It’s a great place to enjoy an architecture cruise, learn about the Chicago’s water system, marvel at Tall Ships, explore the Pier’s history and take a ride on the famous 150 foot Ferris Wheel over Chicago’s skyline.
Best Broadway show:
Grease, I love it so much that I flew to New York just for the day to watch the Broadway opening with Brooke Shields as Rizzo.
Nobu at the Shore Club at South Beach- the Peach Martini is to die for!