On my mind &
Hoboken spot: a difficult toss-up between Onieal’s and Grand Vin
NYC spot: Refinery Rooftop, Dear Irving, Alta, Bobo
City other than NYC: Charleston
Daily item: Fresh Sugar Lip balm and Rothys
Heading next: Cape Cod & Nantucket
Trip to plan: 1000 Islands, NY
On the summer bucket list: a cooking class at Hudson Table
Wedding Trend: Vintage stamps on invitations
Colors: Navy and French blue
Reading: the 4-hour work week
Unexpected tool in my craft arsenal: tweezers - my secret weapon for working with tiny details
a glimpse of my family
and the women who inspired Love, Amarie
a little about andrea…
Andrea is a designer and maker for brides and those looking for bespoke keepsake gifts. She hand-crafts one-of-a-kind clutches, including her signature heirloom bridal clutches made from old family fabrics like a mother’s old wedding dress, and other sentimental keepsakes that are sure to be treasured and even the start of a heartfelt tradition.
Andrea has proudly served sentimental women and brides who value quality, details, and family since 2005. After spending day in and day out sewing various kinds of purses from clutches to totes, in 2010, she found her sweet spot - creating custom clutches for brides to coordinate with their wedding gowns and after being commissioned by a friend to make a clutch from her mother’s antique wedding dress in 2012, the coveted “heirloom” clutch was born and her love for making something old, new again flourished.
She recently also launched a collection of customizable gifts for weddings and other occasions in 2017, which celebrates the joy of unique gift giving that her clients had treasured and hold dear to their hearts.
With a sincere passion for hand-stitching and working with luxurious fabrics, Andrea also has a keen eye for design. She graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Graphic Design, where she had the pleasure of interning and working with high quality companies like Sony, J.Crew and her design role model, Kate Spade. A few years later, after volunteering at a hospital, Andrea went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and works part-time as an RN, where she loves helping and interacting with her patients, yet enjoys the balance of using her creativity and tactile skills outside of the health center in NYC.
In her spare time, Andrea can’t get enough of business education (hello Creative at Heart and Biz Bash Podcast!) hiking, trying new restaurants, wine tastings, passing time in coffee shops, and sharing special, and usually comical moments with family and friends, especially her two nieces and rescue pup shih-poo, Tara. Her perfect dream relaxing day would be spent in a cute little beach town (think Newport or Martha’s Vineyard) sharing oysters and a bottle of red.
a little about love, amarie…
It all started in 2005, from a dining room table…
Andrea always had a love for textures and delicate fabrics and started purchasing different materials in NYC’s fabric district. The name “Amarie” was born by combining Andrea’s first and middle name, Marie. Her mother, Louise, who Love, Amarie’s signature style purse is a namesake, taught her how to sew (from scratch!) and bring to life the styles that are still used today. Love, Amarie was primarily was headquartered at Andrea’s parents’ dining room table, and for about three years, only packed up shop for Christmas dinners. She has since moved into an apartment in Hoboken, NJ where she continues to sew and design in a cozy workspace.
Love, Amarie’s mission is to tie together a love for family and heritage and hand-stitch the past to the present. Andrea, draws from her experience, and incorporates the love and bonds with her own parents and grandparents, throughout the essence of Love, Amarie by the gardenia flowers in the logo, which represents the floral bouquet her grandmother carried on her wedding day and lace patterns taken from her mother’s wedding dress.
Love, Amarie wants to encourage every bride to carry a piece of their heritage and heart with them on their most special day. Whether taking your grandmother’s lace or starting a new, modern tradition of your own, let Love, Amarie help you pass your story of love for future generations to cherish.