Although I love posting about great urban designers, I often get frustrated. Lets just say, my job is super formal and there’s no way I could ever get away with wearing some of my favorite designers to work. That’s why Anna Cohen has a special place in my heart. Her gorgeous designs are crisp enough for even the most formal occasions. At the same time, there’s a distinct sense of individuality, playfulness and fun in every piece. Not only is her line extremely versatile, Anna Cohen runs her company with sustainable practices taking into consideration all parts of the process from raw materials to end-of-life use. All design, production, sourcing and business decisions are made with the intention of being as environmentally and socially responsible as possible. I love the Matanzas Jacket, the La Habana Shirt (above right) and her Havana Jacket and Pant.
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Anna Blossom Cohen worked as a designer in the fashion and textile industry in Florence, Italy for Max Mara, Patrizia Pepe, Guess and Binicocchi. She returned to the US in 2004 and worked for adidas co-designing the Women’s Performance lines for the US market. In 2004 she was one of fifteen designers selected worldwide to participate in a fashion design competition and showcase in Florence Italy; awards were given by Ferragammo, Pucci, and Pitti Imagine. Anna has now returned to the US in Portland, Oregon, a center for sustainability, to create this “Italian street couture” line of sustainable fashion apparel.“It is our conscious choices every day that affect the resources on which all life depends. We must make this transition into personal responsibility a beautiful empowering process.”