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Amanda Brotman is the creative force behind Amanda Pearl. Named after her grandmother Pearl, she is a Seattle native and former dancer who spent 12 years training and performing with the esteemed Pacific Northwest Ballet. In 1999 she moved to New York to attend Barnard College and earned a degree in Art History and Visual Arts. Upon graduating with honors, Amanda joined Marc Jacobs where she spent the following four years in the technical design and production departments honing her understanding of materials, construction and the process of putting a line into global production. In 2007, she was hired as Collection Director at Erin Fetherston, where she aided the designer in launching her business and collection development in New York.

When not working, Amanda can be found scouring flea markets for the latest treasure to add to her costume jewelry collection, sewing beads on a limited-edition Amanda Pearl bag or daydreaming about collecting seashells on a beach in Sardinia.

Amanda credits the impeccable style and grace of her mother and grandmothers for inspiring and embodying the Amanda Pearl spirit.

Fall/Winter 2008
"For Fall 2008, the Amanda Pearl woman finds herself dripping with jewels and dancing with a dashing stranger who caught her eye from across the villa’s ballroom. ‘Was that you I saw at the elephant polo match earlier today?’ he asked before whisking her to the terrace for a glass of champagne.

Under twinkling stars, they danced overlooking a perfectly trimmed lawn where several peacocks strolled. As the crowd of maharajas, princesses and members of the corps d’élite grew more and more boisterous, she adjusted her mask, gave a flirtatious wink and clutch-in-hand headed right back to the center of the party."

Images courtesy of Amanda Pearl.