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Diamonds and Pearls

Seattle native Amanda Brotman clutches Fashion Group International’s accessories designer award.

By Laura Cassidy February 16, 2010

Slideshow: And the winner is … some favorites from the Amanda Pearl line

I can’t resist a hometown-girl-makes-good story. Here’s one: Amanda Brotman was recently awarded Fashion Group International’s Rising Star award for accessories for her line Amanda Pearl.

Brotman is a familiar name around here, so let’s get that part out of the way: Yes, the Brotmans.

The Seattle-raised designer, a New Yorker of late, launched her line in Fall 2008 with a collection of jewel-toned silk roll clutches for evening. In 2009, she added jewelry when the beaded handles she’d been doing lent themselves to other ideas about decoration, and for Spring 2010 she added even more jewelry.

Wait till you see fall.

And then there’s the bridal collection.

Brotman works with hand-painted and fine silk fabrics, precious and recycled stones and beads, and her designs are handmade in Italy and New York. As a whole, the brand is ageless, elegant, and just bold enough to get noticed.

So it’s no surprise, of course, that it did indeed get noticed. Other winners this year include Joseph Altuzarra of Altuzarra and Odin New York.

You can find Amanda Pearl in Seattle at Mario’s, Nordstrom, and Far 4.

And in case you were wondering, you can find the Seattle chapter of FGI; here.

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