Discipline and a credo to do only the best,
down to the smallest detail."
- Manolo Blahnik
Originally, I set out to study dress-making in Florence during the fall of 2012.
Trying to squeeze the most out of my time in Italy, I signed up to take Italian shoe-making. There, I fell in love with the original work of Salvatore Ferragamo, gelato, and the smell of a leathery workshop.
Over the next 5 years, I pursued shoe-making in the United States while working.
For more about my story and life lessons I've learned from shoe-making, visit my Blog, To Craft a Sole, just a few tabs over. There, you'll also get updates on the journey!
About My Work
The most satisfying thing for me is having an idea become a 2-dimensional drawing and eventually, a functional 3-dimensional reality. My work starts with an idea that was provoked into existence by ordinary things. Next, I create a pattern, then cobble away at the prototype while I listen to rad tunes.
My hope is then to send the handmade sample to a manufacturer for production.
About My Style
A shoe instructor in the United States gave me greatest compliment I received about a pair of shoes I made.
He said, "These remind me of a 21st century 'Grace Kelly'".
That's what I'm going for: a blend of 'timeless' and 'with the times'.
When I studied in Italy, I had to create a portfolio and describe the woman I was designing for. I wrote this (rather dramatic) statement that sounds more like a perfume ad than anything...but still holds true:
"She moves about the world with an ineffable elegance. Every outfit she wears is effortless, sweet, timeless and stunning. Although successful, she never feels stress.
She'll throw practicality aside to be happy because she understands that wasted days can't be undone,
unseized moments don't come back,
and so much is gained from stepping outside of the ordinary.
My name is Amanda Filipi and my inspiration comes from an admirable jealousy to be her."
Favorite Fashion Quotes:
"Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants."
- Karl Lagerfeld
"The best things in life are free. The second best are very expensive."
"A woman can carry a bag but it's the shoe that carries the woman"
"Fashion is art, and culture, and history, and everything I love combined."
"Life is short. Take the trip. Buy the shoes. Eat the cake."