AMANDA PEARL is a small, women run, New York City based accessories company known for sustainably and ethically made jewelry and clutches that are designed to empower. The founder and designer, Amanda Brotman, has rebelled against the traditional retail model, cutting out the middleman and traditional 10x markup, bringing luxury accessories directly to the consumer at real, fair prices. (Read: we don’t offer discounts because we don’t inflate our costing to allow for them.) We offer the best prices every day of the year - with a 10% give-back to a different cause each quarter.
Designed in our NYC studio, the collection is proudly manufactured by local artisans and small family businesses - the jewelry is made in NYC’s diamond district and the clutches are handmade in the hills outside Florence, Italy. It is our goal to help keep these small makers alive and thriving. AMANDA PEARL produces in small quantities using recycled metals, ethical stones, and cultured pearls - a natural resource whose cultivation helps to maintain and improve water ecology. We are always trying to come up with ways of developing our and our manufacturers’ sustainable capacities.
Founded and designed by Seattle born Amanda Pearl Brotman, the collection is inspired by her Pacific Northwest roots, with nods to the shaping influences that she continues to reference - nature, science, music, and the visual and performing arts.
Amanda’s award winning designs have been seen on women such as Lupita Nyong’o, Meryl Streep, Gal Gadot, Jane Fonda, and Karlie Kloss, and in publications such as Vogue, Bazaar, InStyle, and WWD.
AMANDA BROTMAN: Founder / Creative Director
New York based Amanda Pearl Brotman is the founder and designer of AMANDA PEARL, a sustainable accessories brand whose aesthetic is a study in dualities, creating a truly modern sensibility and approach to jewelry.
Born and raised in the Seattle, Amanda’s childhood was both full of culture and the arts, and the freedom to explore the wild outdoors. Twelve years studying and performing with Pacific Northwest Ballet instilled an unerring discipline and sharp attention to detail, which was tempered by her ceaseless curiosity about the natural world.
Constantly pushing boundaries, Amanda left for NYC where she received a degree in Art History and Visual Arts from Barnard College. After a tenure at Marc Jacobs, in the technical design and production departments, Amanda brought her experience to Erin Fetherston’s womenswear label, where she was Collection Director, before decamping to launch AMANDA PEARL.
Amanda is settled in NYC with her husband and boys, but still considers the Pacific Northwest ‘home’ – drawing upon its stunning natural beauty and innovative spirit as inspiration for her work.
Amanda won the Fashion Group International Rising Star Award for her handbag designs, and was most recently a finalist in the fine jewelry category.
KELLY KRATUS NELSON: Director of Operations
Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, Kelly has called New York City home for almost a decade. In 2014 she joined the AMANDA PEARL team first as an intern while completing her degree in Strategic Design and Management from Parsons, and later as the Operations Coordinator.
She credits the strong females in her family, and her education at an all girl’s high school, to giving her the knowledge and experience of the magic that happens when women support each other. Her desire and commitment to the AMANDA PEARL team is not only because she believes in the product, but because she feels aligned to the vision that Amanda continues to create.
Kelly resides in Brooklyn with her husband and (to the dismay of her family) two cats.
Fun Fact: At her wedding in April 2018, Kelly’s "Something Borrowed" was Amanda’s veil, and her "Something New" was the Ripple Climber Full Pavé Earrings in white gold.
We aim to create the jewelry that we wouldn’t want to leave the house without - the pieces that make us feel like our most powerful, confident selves. Easy to wear and layer, the collections are designed to be super convertible - to stack amongst themselves, and to layer onto and enhance our more traditional jewelry, modernizing it and making it more of our own.
Nature and themes of power and protection are central to our design inspiration: our demi-fine jewelry collection is inspired by the sea urchin quill - an armoring element that has been made to curve and wrap the body in a fluid and feminine way. Our fine jewelry collection references the beauty, strength and capacity of the sea, inspired by the ripple shapes made on the ocean floor - outlines of energy and power on the surface. Every piece from the collection should be worn as a reminder of your feminine strength and power.
When the clutches were launched, there was only one name in the game, and that name made nothing but super-blinged out, kitschy clutches that didn’t at all represent how we saw ourselves [as a Cultured Rebel]. We wanted to make something that was chic and crisp, something that added a jeweled element but that wasn’t strictly for evening - something that could be slung cross-body with jeans, as well as carried black tie. Not mass produced, the clutches are handmade one by one, as limited editions and one-of-a-kinds.
In a world full of mass production, AMANDA PEARL aims to be more and do better. We believe that HOW we manufacture can change the world and are constantly trying to come up with ways of developing our and our manufacturers’ sustainable capacities.
The collection is designed by Amanda in our NYC studio and made in small workshops in the city’s Diamond District. We proudly work with local family businesses in an effort to do our part in keeping our local industry alive and thriving. Eschewing the typical design and production calendars, where up to 8 or more collections a season are presented, we are rolling out small, meaningful collections with intention. We are using recycled metals, ethical stones, and cultured pearls - a natural resource whose cultivation helps to maintain and improve water ecology. For more about our materials, click HERE.
The clutches are produced by family operated artisanal factories in Italy that produce the finest handbags for some of the world’s most well known luxury purveyors. Each handbag is meticulously assembled by hand in a woman run factory in the hills of Tuscany, by artisans whose trade has been passed down from one generation to the next. The craftspeople will only make a limited number of pieces each day, allowing for the care and control needed to produce our limited edition and one-of-a-kind pieces.
Our customer is a conscious consumer who is excited to be buying items that are not mass produced, found in every department store, and widely worn. They look for designs that have a point of view and a story, that are ethically made, by human run businesses that operate in line with their beliefs. They spend their money on items that they have discovered, that are meaningful to them, curating their own style without the help of a sponsored ad. Our customer aims to buy fewer things, with more meaning.
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We like to stay involved, shed light, learn about issues, and take action. We want you to join us. 10% of SALES will go to the cause, which will change quarterly. Get ready to #MakeWAVES. We’d love to hear which causes you care about and which organizations are your favorites. Tell us!
To learn more about past beneficiaries, click HERE.
We are located in the city’s garment district near Time’s Square - a convenient stop off of almost all of the subway lines. Come explore the collections in person, and meet the team behind AMANDA PEARL! Stop in or contact us for a private appointment.
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