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. 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.
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.