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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. I took a leap, and LINKS by Annette was born. Just like that.

Although the materials I use come from bikes, I get excited about creating things that don’t scream “I used to be on a bicycle!”. My parents let me take over their garage and I've learned a lot - including welding, crocheting, sewing, soldering and woodworking - so that I can keep making and creating more. Fastidious by nature, quality is paramount, and all my designs are handmade with a meticulous eye for detail (after all the greasy bits have been cleaned and cleaned and cleaned). I gain inspiration from everything around me and have a soft spot for construction that is smart, clean and cultivated.

Since everything I create is made from bike parts that have been used, each part, and therefore each piece I make, is one of a kind; no two gears wear that same way, and I get to take advantage of whatever the bike shops are getting rid of. I have found a way to connect to people and the environment by playing every day in my studio, creating new things out of old, and using my creativity to keep things out of the landfill.

Upcycled, recycled, reused, repurposed - call it what you want. I create unique, high-quality, modern industrial home goods, decor and wearable products. Everything is handmade in Chicago with a passion for cycling and functional design, a commitment to the earth, and a whole lot of love and care.

Unique. Show-stopping. Crafted by hand.

 

 

The Team

annette fiscelli founder, creator and designer at links by annette, handmade chicago recycled art, local artist, who makes industrial design styled home goods, decor and jewelry from upcycled retired recycled bike parts
Annette Fiscelli
Creator, Designer, Head Grease Cleaner
My favorite person is my dog. I like sunrise better than sunset. Smiling is my favorite emotion. My favorite dessert is sugar. I sing and dance a lot when I’m alone. I swear... a lot. Favorite word is "fate". I have full-blown conversations with myself and am known to start stories with "So, I saw this documentary and….".

 

amanda crockett co-pilot, parts collector and all around good person at links by annette making handmade industrial inspired decor, home goods and jewelry from recycled, upcycled, retired bicycle parts, bike art, recycled art, handmade in chicago artist   
Amanda Crockett
Co-pilot, IT, all around good person
My childhood ambition was to be the first woman in the NBA. Favorite foods are chocolate chip cookies and chard. I love making people laugh. Being up-side-down is my happy place. I make everything into a song. I cry at commercials. I literally climbed the walls as a kid. Ended up in Cirque du Soleil. Love a good snuggle.

 

 

annette fiscelli of links by annette with her parents, assistants extraordinaire, who help her make industrial design styled home goods, decor and jewelry from upcycled retired recycled bike parts
My Parents
Assistants Extraordinaire
LINKS wouldn’t exist without their support. My dad takes apart and cleans as much chain as I need. My mom paints everything that’s hand painted…by hand. They love to dance, and they're really good at it. They let me take over their garage...and the basement now too. They’ve been married almost 50 years. They talk to me at the same time. My Dad thinks he's the idea person, but he's not. My Mom cooks chicken for my dog while I’m working. Sometimes I get fed too.
 
 

degreaser, links by annette, we use natural, biodegradable, citrus based cleaner, cleaning agent, recycled bike parts  Degreaser

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.