My design journey began at the University of Texas in Austin (my hometown). While completing my bachelor’s degree in Textiles and Apparel Design, I worked part time at Paper Place, a stationery boutique with a 40 year history! I loved learning about both crafts side by side. I moved to Manhattan in 2014 and got my dream job in the fashion industry. I lived in the city and was a women’s designer at Ralph Lauren for five years, where I led color development and design and development for the women’s sport categories including, golf, tennis and the Olympics!
In 2017, I learned calligraphy and opened my business on the side. I got married in 2018 and began to learn about invitation production in order to produce my own wedding invitations and day of details. When my son AJ was born at the end of 2019, I decided to make Amaryllis Paperie my full time job. It’s a family affair – my husband James does the web design and financial planning and my boston terrier Bug keeps me company in my office every day. I work out of a light filled studio at the front of our home in Montclair, New Jersey. I have two children now who both love music and crafts and I love to spend the evenings playing with them after shutting down my home studio at the end of every day.
Get to Know More About Me
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
What has been your favorite vacation ever?
Santorini and Mykonos
What keeps you motivated for work?
It means so much to me to get to create something that will mean so much to others
What’s your favorite quote?
“If for a while, the harder you try, the harder it gets, take heart – so it has been for the greatest people who ever lived.”
On your days off, what do you like to do?
Exercise, read and paint for fun (especially with my son!)
What has been the best advice you have ever received about your career?
Making a mistake teaches you a lot more than when you get it right
Words that Inspire Me
There’s no how-to road map to style. It’s about self-expression and above all, attitude.
– iris apfel