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|One of New York's
premier accessory designers, Carolina Amato has been Designer/President of the
luxury accessories brand that bears her name for nearly forty years. Her
signature collection of gloves, hats, scarves, wraps and other accessories for
men and women can be found in the most prestigious department and specialty
stores throughout the US as well as Europe and Asia. Her collection is
regularly featured in leading print and web publications such as Vogue, Vogue
Italia, Vogue China, Town and Country, Instyle, and Paper Magazine. With over
500 retail accounts in Brick and Mortar, she is proud to be part of the
assortment that Bergdorf's Fifth Floor, Intermix, and ShopBop bring to their
discerning fashion clientele.
Ms. Amato originally started her early career as a painter and settled in a loft in New York's Fulton Fish market. She was praised for her early work by her colleagues who cited her technique as strong with playful combinations of color pattern and relief. Her unique talent served her well when she eventually turned her creative energies to fashion and accessories design in the late seventies.
An authentic creative soul, Ms. Amato hails from a family of Italian textile professionals, a legacy that began with her maternal and paternal grandmothers, each of whom were skilled craftswomen who plied their craft in New York's garment center. Alongside of her grandfather, a furniture maker, the designer recalls her childhood filled with days spent playing with the coveted and exquisite ribbons, trims and fine fabrics that adorned her grandparents workshops. She also had the privilege of learning to sew from her grandmother on her original black iron Singer factory sewing machine, an experience that she would ultimately take with her and utilize as she entered the creative world of fashion and textile design.
While being mentored by some of the most notable designers and business people of the time, Ms. Amato jumped into the fashion business establishing the brand CAROLINA AMATO in 1979. Today, her brand enjoys a large and loyal group of style conscious consumers who appreciate the impeccable Italian workmanship, consistent fit and fashionable design of the accessories she puts to market. Ms. Amato's collection is known for its plush cashmere knits as well as luxurious fine leathers in gloves for men and women. Carolina has been a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America for over twenty years.