ABOUT OUR DESIGNER

AMANDA PERNA IS A MOM, WIFE & FASHION EXPERT WHO BELIEVES IN LOOKING BEYOND THE EASY ROAD TO FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS. WHILE STUDYING FASHION DESIGN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA, AMANDA ACHIEVED HER DREAM: A DESIGN INTERNSHIP AT OSCAR DE LA RENTA AND THE FOLLOWING SUMMER AN INTERNSHIP AT CALVIN KLEIN.

WITH AN ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT, AT THE RIPE OLD AGE OF 19 SHE STARTED HER FIRST FASHION BRAND. BEFORE GRADUATING COLLEGE, AMANDA WAS OFFERED A JOB AT CALVIN KLEIN, WHICH SHE GLADLY ACCEPTED AND FINISHED HER STUDIES A SEMESTER AHEAD OF SCHEDULE TO START LIVING HER DREAM.

ALWAYS INTERESTED IN LEARNING AND GROWING, AMANDA FURTHERED HER STUDIES AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WHILE WORKING AS A FULL TIME FASHION DESIGNER. ALTHOUGH SHE WAS WORKING HER IDEAL JOB, AMANDA WANTED MORE; TO OWN HER OWN BUSINESS. SHE WANTED TO CREATE A WHIMSICAL, BOLD CLOTHING IN THE UNITED STATES. AGAINST THE ADVISEMENT OF EVERYONE SHE KNEW, AMANDA QUIT HER JOB AND STARTED THE HOUSE OF PERNA.

ON A CONSTANT QUEST TO PUSH HERSELF, AMANDA HAS ALSO HAD A VARIETY OF EXPERIENCES AND COLLABORATIONS. SHE HAS BEEN FEATURED AS A TEXTILE DESIGNER AND FASHION ILLUSTRATOR FOR BRANDS SUCH AS HALLMARK AND BASLER AND STYLES CELEBRITIES FOR NATIONAL COMMERCIALS. ABOVE ALL ELSE, AMANDA BELIEVES IN HELPING OTHERS. SHE IS A MENTOR TO STUDENTS AND WORKS WITH MANY NEW BRANDS TO HELP THEM ACHIEVE THEIR DREAMS TOO. P.S. SHE WAS ALSO ON PROJECT RUNWAY TWICE.