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Life and Work with Annie Heise

Today we’d like to introduce you to Annie Heise.

Annie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Originally from MN… went to Carnegie Mellon University for acting. Have lived in both NYC and LA since school… been acting consistently but wanted another creative outlet. I come from a design-oriented household… I also grew up riding horses. Both are passions of mine and I combined them to start my company Two Bits Equestrian.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Don’t we all wish it were a smooth road…? Haha.

I think the biggest strength we all have is our gut… that voice inside that says “this is right for me” … “this is definitely not for me”

Struggles have arisen when I have ignored that voice, and focused on a ‘should’ or a ‘shouldn’t’ instead of what brings me joy and fulfillment.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I think what makes Two Bits Equestrian appealing to people is that it incorporates a lot of different elements but still maintains a very sleek versatile aesthetic.

All of our items are manufactured DTLA, all of our fabrics are ethically/sustainably sourced and non-toxic… all of our designs are inspired by traditional equestrian details – pleats, herringbone textured fabrics, & tailored silhouettes…

Our items are meant to be worn year round – and day to night. Everything is machine washable… these pieces were designed to truly function seamlessly for your daily life.

Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
Vulnerability. I think when I focus on ‘fears’ or ‘what if’s,’ I begin to forget that being vulnerable and open with people, leaning on people, and letting people lean on me… that’s where our strength comes from. End of the day our life is our community.

Contact Info:

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  • Instagram: @annieheise @twobitsequestrian

Image Credit:
Kristin Lee

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