Annette Stephens and Phoebe Stephens of Anndra Neen—the jewelry line renowned for its earthily chic and hammered-metal designs—are in homemaking mode: They’ve recently moved into a renovated studio in Mexico City’s Juárez neighborhood (where the company is based—the sisters grew up in the megalopolis), and now, they’re introducing items for la casa, starting with glassware.
“Our father collected Steuben glass,” says Phoebe, before Annette adds: “We wanted something that represented Mexico, but also, our childhood.” They’ve managed both to wonderful effect, forging tumblers, decanters, and ice-buckets carved with symbols of their town and youth; peacocks, which their family kept as pets; quetzals, a regally exotic bird of Mayan lore; and stars, suggesting either Mexico City’s domed nighttime skies or its endless, blinking sprawl below. (And, when you’re ready to pour your first drink, Phoebe recommends a macerated apple and gin with sparkling water, like the cocktail she serves at Melody Nelson—the bar she owns in Distrito Federal—while Annette favors a lemonade with chia seeds.)
Each piece is made entirely by hand by a local craftsman, who works in nearby Xochimilco, an entrancing suburb with floating gardens and misty canals. “Once you mess up, that’s it, you have to restart,” notes Phoebe of the meticulous skill needed to etch the vessels. The use of endemic know-how speaks to the Stephenses’ environmental and social consciousness: Their goods are low-carbon-footprint in build (everything is procured in small-batch production, with minimal waste) and artisanal in practice. “Our staff is immensely proud of what they do,” says Annette. “Now, they ask to see photos of women with the pieces—we send pictures back on WhatsApp!”
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