Creative director & founder of the jewellery brand Anna Lou of London est 2004 and Co-founder / executive producer of Anna Lou and Friends
Anna Lou & Friends is a fictional cartoon produced by Anna Scaife and Sonoko Obuchi.
We have been working together for 15 years and after having some of our 5 children experience some emotional and mind health hurdles to overcome we decided to create books and a TV show to help other children.
Anna now works from her studio on the beautiful Taggs Island in Hampton Court, where she lives with her 3 children and a Wippet called Chase.
Born in 1977 and moving to London at 17 she was an early entrepreneur. At the age of 10 she sold ice creams from a cart to the passengers of her families hot air balloon business. In 2004 she sold jewellery on Portobello Market known for it's quirky shops, street traders and lots of tourists ( aka customers!) and the original Anna Lou studio was located at Westbourne Park nr Notting Hill Gate where the styles were created and hand crafted on site.
3 months later Anna Lou of London jewellery was being sold in Harrods, Liberty, Topshop, ASOS and Selfridges in UK. Over the next couple of years the brand was being stocked in international department stores such as Isetan, United Arrows, Hankyu, Takashimaya ( Tokyo), Henri Bendel, W Hotels ( New York), Sauce ( Dubai) Le Bon Marche and Printemps ( Paris).
2007- Collaboration with the high street store Reiss nationwide. Anna Lou launches a collection of jewellery for Disney for the launch of the Alice in Wonderland movie.
2008 - The first Anna Lou shop opened in Newburgh Street off Carnaby Street.
The Anna Lou of London concession opens in Selfridges
2009 - Collaboration with Reiss and Anna does her first QVC shopping channel show in the UK and then follows with Tokyo one.
2010 - Annas first child Wilbur was born so she decided to only sell online via the Anna lou website and Not on the High Street website. She wanted a piece of jewellery that had her sons initials to keep with her at all times. She started to create more personalised jewellery pieces when her two other children Buzz and Esme were born.
Her children are one of her main influences but London/Tokyo and the island where HQ Anna Lou is based has a huge impact on her creations.
She never went to fashion school and never learned the traditional ways of building a business and this is the first TV shows she's created. She's never even had a real full time job before I went from selling on the street to opening my own company. There have been alot of challenges along the way!
CREATOR & ILLUSTRATOR. Sonoko Obuchi is a cross-dimensional multimedia designer.
Born in Fukuoka, Japan, Sonoko came to study and and spatial design at Chelsea College of Art (graduating with first) in 2005. She was appointed as the first Artist in Residence at Historic Royal Palaces.
Many of her works are about people and relationships, exploring identity in distorted dimensions - capturing a flash of a moment in hours or drawing in portraits. Translating intangible stories into theatre designs, and forgotten / unlived journeys into animations and music videos. Recently Kylie Minogue has mentioned Sonoko and her video artwork for REUNIØN - Way Out West on her Instagram story.
For the Anna Lou & Friends animation project, she has been producing character design, graphic design, and conceptual sketches.
Marnie is a script supervisor/director/writer who lives in Teddington, her directorial debut Annie Waits won best director award at Women in Film and Hollywood.
In her previous role as a script supervisor she has worked on a range of genres with a wide variety of talent – Fleababg, War & Peace, Peaky Blinders & Wild Rose. Marnie has worked with a number of outstanding directors and writers and this has given her an incredible training ground, resulting in an impeccable eye for detail, on point timing and a unique understanding of the film-making, story-telling process.
After having to return from travelling around Bali with her husband and two young children, due to lockdown, Marnie found a need to turn her focus to mind-health. She has now completed Level 2 & 3 psychotherapy training. During this time she was delighted to meet Anna and Sonoko and her involvement with Anna Lou & Friends began. It feels totally serendipitous and long may it last!
Neeshal Langham - Animation Producer
Neeshal is an animation producer from London, since leaving university she has worked as a post producer on various animations. Some for CBBC and other commercials include work for adidas, and Nike, Nokia and other brands.
Since 2013 she has set up Flashframe to concentrate more on animation and run a team of designers and illustrators creating beautiful Kid's tv content and broadcast commercials. She is a mum and a wife.
She is hard working and diligent and is passionate about all things animation and post production. She spends her time between LA/ Srilanka And Brighton.