I am Annina King, Owner and Designer of Granaté Prêt; A collection of high-end day to cocktail designs for women. My mission is to bring intricate artistry and strong femininity into a modern social and professional wardrobe.
My first sewing experience was with my aunt, as a young child. She taught me to create clothing and accessories for my younger siblings and my dolls. As a teen, the entrepreneur in me came out, though I didn’t know it at the time! I had created a hand-embroidered wool cloak for myself, and a family friend requested I make her one, so I did. From this initial success, I was continued to design and sew more pieces, including more outerwear for sale to others and clothing for myself.
After completing a liberal arts undergraduate degree, my lifelong love for sewing, historic costumes, and designing led me to complete my Graduate Degree in Fashion Design from Drexel University, where I reenforced and added to my love for couture techniques that still inspire my line today.
Upon graduation, I worked for a mentor in her couture house in PA, while I started my own custom business, Granaté Couture, LLC. After a few years, I applied for and was chosen to be a Designer in Residence with the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator. I spent the year researching and developing my business model and design aesthetic. Now I am at the point where I am selling to my chosen clientele and need to expand to meet the next level of demand for my line.
I have shown at Fine Arts and Craft shows such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, one of the top 3 in the country (and my first ever show as an emerging artist). This will be my fourth year at the PMACS!