Annette on Chicago's WGN-TV
After 20 years as a gym owner, personal trainer, cycling coach and cyclist, I made a massive career change and started a new business. Instead of just riding my bike, I decided to use the parts to create something new. For years, I had collected boxes of broken and battered bike chains knowing that, one day, I would dive into them and create something awesome. I took a leap, and before I knew it, I had a kitchen table full of jewelry I'd made, and LINKS by Annette was born. Just like that.
Since then, my parents let me take over their garage and I've learned a little bit about a lot of things - including welding, crocheting, soldering and woodworking - so that I can keep creating and making more. I find inspiration in everything around me and usually come back from a long walk with my dog with at least one new idea. I'm self-taught. My parents buzz in and out of the garage offering advice and help whenever they can. Amanda works behind the scenes and makes sure the details get done. That's our team.
Upcycled, recycled, reused, repurposed, call it what you want - we create unique, high-quality, modern industrial home goods, decor and jewelry. Everything is handmade in Chicago with a passion for cycling and functional design, a commitment to the earth, a meticulous eye for detail and a whole lot of love.
Unique. Show-stopping. Crafted by hand.
We care a lot about the earth and love that we get to rescue things that would otherwise be garbage. We use Dawn and a natural cleaner to clean all those greasy parts.