Our first online purchase was a gift of love

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I was so excited when we made our first sale on the spanking new website!

Ayse Birsel received this love package in NYC from her husband Bibi as a surprise gift. Here she is opening the package. Yay!

The lovely Ayse will be sporting this Rappu dress on her travel to Istanbul. The soft jersey material makes it easy to pack and the perfect travel companion (after Bibi, of course). I was thrilled to get a picture of Ayse modeling the dress—she looks delicious!

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Who doesn’t love a launch party?

Lots of amazing guests, and plenty of bubbly helped ring in the arrival of spring and celebrate the new Anni Kuan Design web site!

Music by McBeats kept the tempo upbeat with his signature Celtic flair and who could resist trying on a few—or more than a few—new looks from the S/S 2014 Collection. It was a candle lit event, and we snacked on Italian cheese and crackers, Spanish marcona almonds and Thai lime chili cashews. Yum! And of course, we drank lots of cava and lambrusco. After all the intense work that went into the site, I was soooo happy to celebrate and more then pleased to see all the smiling faces, thank you for making my dream come true!!!

New York Times: Chirlane McCray, the Wife of Bill de Blasio, Is a Fan of Anni Kuan

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“I LOVE MY DESIGNS,” Anni Kuan said the other day, her exuberance as unforced as her curve-grazing dresses, cocoon coats and boot-cut pants that lend a touch of raciness to her otherwise low-key designs. If Ms. Kuan is feeling on top of her game, she has reason. Among her fans is Chirlane McCray, New York City’s first-lady-to-be and, for the designer, a reliable muse.

“When I’m looking at fabrics or at shapes, I think, ‘Oh, would that look good on Chirlane?’ ” she said. “If I can focus on her, it helps me gather my thoughts.” Lately that process has picked up steam. “For the inauguration, we have a week and a half to fit some dresses and a coat for her,” Ms. Kuan recalled, her words tumbling out in a giddy cascade. “It is a big deal for us.”

If Ms. McCray wears one of Ms. Kuan’s designs when Bill de Blasio becomes mayor on Jan. 1, it will be a crowning moment in a nearly decade-long relationship that has endured since Ms. McCray discovered Ms. Kuan’s minimally embellished, youthful-looking pieces at Otto in Park Slope, in Brooklyn, where she shops.

Read the full article here

Busy shooting Fall Winter 2014

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It was a busy and a very productive shooting day. We gathered a fabulous team: photographer, stylist, hair and make up, and bang, it happened.

Here is Giuliana wearing my favorite style of the Fall Winter season, the Snow Storm Coat.

Tip: coconut water is an essential at photo shoots, it rehydrates like no other water.