the premier accessory designers in the country, Carolina Amato has been at the
helm of the luxury accessories company that bears her name for more than 30
years. Her signature label gloves, hats, scarves, wraps and other accessories
for men and women can be found in the most prestigious department and specialty
stores through the U.S as well as England, Japan, Canada and South Korea. Her
designs are regularly featured in top fashion magazines such as Vogue, Elle, W,
Harpers Bazaar, Town & Country and Vanity Fair, to name just a few. This
year the New York-based designer has introduced an exclusive cashmere sweater
collection for women.
A graduate of Ohio University, where she graduated
with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts, Ms. Amato originally intended to be a
painter. She was praised for her early work by colleagues who often cited her
technique with strong, playful combinations of color, patterns, and relief, a
unique talent that would serve her well when she eventually turned her creative
energies to fashion and accessories design.
Perhaps not so
coincidentally, Ms. Amato hails from a family of Italian textile professionals,
a legacy that began with both her maternal and paternal grandmothers, each of
whom were skilled craftswomen who plied their craft in New York's garment
center. Her grandfather made his living as a furniture upholsterer and the
designer recalls her childhood filled with days spent playing with the
multi-colored ribbons, trims, and fine fabrics that adorned her grandparents'
workshops. As a young woman, she learned to sew on her grandmother's sewing
machine, an experience she would ultimately take with her and utilize as she
entered the creative world of fashion and textile design.
apprentice to a working designer Ms. Amato jumped head first into the fashion
business, establishing Carolina Amato, Inc., her own accessories design
company, in 1979 with a small loan from her husband. Today, Carolina Amato
enjoys a huge and loyal following among such upscale retailers as Neiman
Marcus, Anthropologie, Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue, along with
style-conscious consumers who appreciate the impeccable Italian workmanship,
consistent fit and fashionable design of her accessories.
From soft and
plush cashmere knits and "pop-top" fingerless mittens, to over the elbow silk
charmeuse gauntlets and her new, trend-setting "ultra luxe" Italian leather
collection, Carolina Amato's richly colored and textured collections cover most
fashion bases, from the trendy to the timeless. For her line of men's gloves,
the designer regularly focuses on elegant ribbed cashmere, buttery Italian
leather, shearling and the softest suede. One of the hottest items: cropped
perforated leather driving gloves that feel right at home behind the wheel of a
sporty BMW roadster or a Mercedes Benz coupe.
An active member of the
Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) for nearly two decades, Ms.
Amato has also served on the organization's Scholarship Committee, which endows
funds toward the education of promising young fashion designers. She continues
to serve as a panel judge for the Savannah College of Art and Design's annual
Student Fashion Show and sits on the Parents Council of the prestigious Rhode
Island School of Design (RISD). Ms. Amato has also been a member of the
Accessories Council (AC) for several years now.
When she is not working
on the design of her numerous collections, Ms. Amato enjoys cooking in her
Tuscan-inspired kitchen, entertaining friends and family at her home on the
north shore of Long Island, skiing in Vermont and traveling regularly to Italy
with her husband, the celebrated architect Frank Capone.