What made you want to start Valentine Valentine?
It was so long ago, I couldn’t even tell you! I’ve been designing clothing in various forms since I was a very little girl. I took sewing lessons in Junior High, I started The Sewing Club in High School, and got a fashion design degree in college. I was always a goal. I always knew I wouldn't be totally happy designing for someone else, so I had to start my own collection!
What are your current design influences?
I love diving into something new each season, but at this point I do have a bit of a formula. I’m at 1970s gal (I just barely missed living in the decade, so it’s a little unknown and magical to me!). I like being bold and graphic but also layer rich cultural influences on top. For Fall 2015 I’m obsessed with the easy knit dressing of the 70s and antique Turkish jewelry.
Name four key words that describe your aesthetic.
Graphic, effortless, contrasting, bohemian.
Is there one design that you're particularly proud of? That said THIS is what Amanda Valentine/Valentine Valentine is all about?
The Mod Block dress that I have online now- a color blocked maxi dress. It takes a confident woman to wear it, but it’s not fussy or overdone.
What is it like to be a Creative in Nashville?
I clock in between 60-70 hours of work a week, so I have to say I usually don’t look up long enough to even notice where I am! Okay, I’m half kidding. I love being in a growing city- people complain about the change, but I think it’s exciting to be on the ground level of the fashion industry here. I’m surrounded by insanely talented people and amazing brands and am humbled by how supportive everyone has been. Viva Nashville!