GP Bands headband and wristband set including gym cat print. This set includes four headbands and four wristbands. Perfect for gymnastics, the field, school or play. All of our GP Bands are made in New York City by a new up and coming young designer Annebelle TTN. She is a visionary, driven to succeed. Annbelle is from Singapore and had a dream to move to NYC and go to Parsons. She has since graduated from Parsons and has collaborated with many brands including Coach and Hugo Boss. We at Girl Power Sport are thrilled to partner with Annabelle TTN.
Check out the interview below with Annabelle:
1. When did you know you wanted to be a designer and what goals did you set along the way?
As I explore surrealistic otherworldly environments, inspired by home, landscape and environment, I feel compelled to share and recreate these escapades – making it accessible for the mortal human. There is a dilemma between being rooted in values and rebelling against the status quo. In designing, I am able to control conditions in my existence that I want to see transform. Being a designer gives me the stage to thoughtfully reinvent. I realized design is the forefront of social change. As a creative and constant thinker, I problem solve everyday. I design to challenge dialogues and allow my voice to be heard and taken seriously.
2. What was your upbringing like? Did you have a parent or mentor who helped you stay motivated?
Growing up in Singapore, I am endlessly presented with an array rich in culture – which includes strong family bonds and memories. Singapore is highly rated for its diversity, education, safety, and many others. My parents, who raised me, have been my guides and backbone to my success.
3. Did you always want to live in New York City?
Yes. Singapore will always be home, but I wanted independence and hustle. New York City has provided me with the platform to take my explorations to a different manifestation and has enhanced my ability to perform distinctively as a designer. The city has also allowed me to meet unique and like-minded people - some I have become close with, and proud to call my friends.
4. Did you always want to go to Parsons?
Yes. Parsons, The New School for Design NY, is rated one of the best design schools in the world, and its competitive non-traditional curriculum aligned with me. Parsons welcomes creative minds that are not afraid to initiate change, offers a range of challenging programs, resources, equipment, and is the epicenter for an all rounded design experience.
5. What are your goals for the future?
My work goals include working exclusively for AnnabelleTTN. The idea of work being biologically informed and digitally engineered by, with and for nature has been a concept imprinted in my mind since the beginning of my designs. To create a space for my work to exist through my research, development and cross-disciplinary engagements from fashion, to art, to design, to biology, to technology is the goal. I hope to bring forward innovation and reinvention that would extend more possibilities for our anthropocentric race.
6. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Retaining authenticity, staying whole, and keeping integrity to self while working collaboratively. Maintaining a balance between family and work life, while staying true to core values and keeping all-round in being.
7. What advice would you give aspiring young designers today?
A quote I live by is: “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game,” Love yourself – stay hungry, keep full of energy, accept challenges, be respectful and never be afraid to share.
8. What designer are you most inspired by?
I am inspired through reading. My current archive includes books by Authors such as Jean Baudrillard, Michael Pollan, Kenya Hara, etc. Other noteworthy references include Craig Green, Thom Browne, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Greogory Crewdson, Dries Van Noten, Maison Margiela, etc.
9. How do you stay positive and motivated?
Keeping focus on what is important – have good people close, maintain an active lifestyle and taking advantage of the unlimited possibilities from our innate creative minds.
10. What does Girl Power mean to you?
Girl Power Sport encourages girls to be strong, active and goal driven. I believe it stands for empowerment – uniting forces of intellects, reasoning and collectively creating goals for better.