Connecticut Business Owner Appears on CT Style

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Pink Tulips founder, Annette Cook, appeared on ABC's News 8 style segment, CT Style, which highlights the chic du jour of everything from fine food to upscale accessories. Cook, an East Coast native and bootstrapping entrepreneur presented her line of designer luxury leather handbags – including the adaptable POPPY Clutch Starter Set - all designed in Connecticut.

...the love a woman has for her favorite handbag is the only appropriate affair acceptable in the world.

During the segment Cook guided CT Style host, Teresa Dufour, through her collection, highlighting her newly released Poppy clutch. This interchangeable purse changes “moods” as easily as you can by way of a magnetic poppet. An array of fashionable hues, these buttons can be purchased individually on the Pink Tulips website and even feature a few kitschy varieties like – sushi, lemon rounds, and elegant flowers. Cook offered a 48-hour discount of 20% off all online orders with code WTNH, and has since extended the offer indefinitely.

In 2012, Pink Tulips caught the attention of fashion-forward retailer, Urban Outfitters, which brought the handbag designer front and center to modern women. Since then, Cook’s designs have been featured in Ink Magazine, the LA Times, and was a 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Award nominee.

Celebrities like SNL star Cheri Oteri, Rebecca Corry, Toks Olagundoye, Blanca Blanco and Kate Linder of the Young and the Restless are carrying Cook’s designs as word about the stylish collection hits Hollywood. This “hot-blooded” response, Cook explains, “is something only a handbag can bring a woman” and playfully boasts that the love a woman has for her favorite handbag is the only appropriate affair acceptable in the world.

Documentary film producer, and 5 time Emmy award winner, Karyl Evans, is smitten with Pink Tulips too…"The Pink Tulips handbags are incredibly creative, very artistic looking, and so well made, I really would like to have one of each!"

Cook continues to create new designs and has a more lively sense of entrepreneurship.

She has created a fictitious face for Pink Tulips line as Cook feels the relationship between a woman and her handbag goes way beyond the stitching and fashion forward design. The Pink Tulips blog, called Lily’s Journal, is a peek in the life of that imaginary woman who, Cook says, “We can all relate to in some way.”

“We call her Lily. She is real in the sense that she has ups and downs, fantastic days and rock bottom moments – she is a complex, modern woman,” said Cook. “There’s a bit of Lily in each of us, I think, and at some point in time we all live vicariously through the adventures of a friend or admiring certain lifestyles from afar.”

Lily posts new entries regularly and keeps up to date with fashion, is happy to share her innermost thoughts on the struggle she has with being “perfect”, and just like other women, has embarrassing moments and the more than occasional hankering for chocolate.

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