Anchovy is a linen clothing and raw pearl jewelry line that embraces the magic of imperfect beauty. Founded by Lithuanian designers Giedre Kose and Karolis Kosas. Their small batch clothing collection is carefully cut, sewn and hand finished in Lithuania, a home for exceptional quality linen fabric. Anchovy’s jewelry pieces are lovingly hand made by Giedre Kose while surrounded by her young children, deer, and trees.
Describe your work in three words.
Contrasts. Lightness. Quality.
What is your creative process when you look to sit down in your studio and make something?
For me, making jewelry is not work, for me it's more like a meditation. For me, it's like my personal time where I can escape my routine, escape my children, escape, you know, all the tasks that await for me and just like dive deeper into myself. So my passion is actually to find these unusual and maybe perfectly imperfect pearls and like to celebrate the single pearl in my pieces. So I would say I spend a lot of time just like playing with pearls themselves. I sit at my table, I usually sit in the silence, even though I really love music. I actually really like listening for different sounds of nature around me. And, you know, it's just like a flow. I don't feel a sense of time.
Tell us about how you became an artist.
Well, honestly, I never had the goal to become an artist. And I feel that in a way every person is an artist. I guess that my path as a creator started when I was a child. So originally, I am from Lithuania and I was born and I was born when Lithuania was a part of Russia. During these times it was really difficult for the parents to buy, like more interesting clothes or accessories for their children. I somehow felt a big desire inside of me to express myself through my appearance. And I really wanted to look differently from my classmates. That motivated me to start experimenting creating clothes and accessories by myself. That was the start of my life of being a designer.
How has being an immigrant to the U.S. influenced your work?
I would say that coming from a small country of less than three million people and moving to the U.S. puts you in a very challenging situation because you always feel that you might be not as good as other people are, and I think you try harder to surprise people. I think that coming from our country made me and my husband seek to prove to ourselves that we are as creative as others in the States. I somehow feel that the less, you know, less money you have, more creative you become. I think if you are coming from a less progressive country or from a country that experienced, you know, a harsh history, it actually influences your work and most likely your work has more potential to be more maybe interesting and unusual.
How does being from Lithuania influence your clothing business?
Lithuania actually has a tradition in the linen textiles, we are weavers, so countries like France or countries like Japan truly appreciate our textiles and actually they buy linen or fabric from our small country. So when it comes to clothing, I am really proud and I'm really happy to use Lithuania's top quality linen in my pieces.
Why did you choose the name Anchovy?
So first of all, let's start from the fact that I dislike anchovies, I find it on pizza and I usually take it out. But what I really like about this small fish has a very distinct taste. You know, there are people who are either just love it or other people really dislike it. For me, it really resonates how I see my creative process, because it's so easy to start thinking that you need to create what all people will like. But the reality is that if you create something for everyone, that means that you are creating something for no one. I personally think that it is OK that some people will understand you and the you know, and love your pieces and that there will be people who will just don't get it, because I think that is the sign of a powerful and strong creative work. So like this, the name Anchovy always reminds me that, you know, I, I just should do what I feel I like to do instead of compromising my taste and trying to please everyone.