In 2016, Amanda Greeley set out to create a great collection of women’s loafers. Instead of shrinking down a men’s loafer (like many heritage brands are wont to do), she created the Thelma Loafer — a stylish shoe as sensible as any man’s, but with feminine edge. She’s also the Head of Design Concept for CUUP, the modern and minimal bra line that’s made waves with the fashion set. Today, we’re take a peek inside Amanda’s elegant Charleston home & learn a little about what makes her tick:
MY LIGHTBULB MOMENT:
Perhaps it came with having the idea to move to Charleston. I think calling a smaller city home-base shifts one’s perspective a bit. For a long time, I assumed I had to be somewhere ‘big’. That said, some days I feel like I’m still waiting for the lightbulb moment.
I CAN’T START MY DAY UNTIL:
A cup of Earl Grey tea with a little half and half. It might sound a little weird, but don’t knock it ‘til you try it.
Feeling energized and excited about the life you’re living.
YOU’LL NEVER SEE ME WITHOUT:
A hair tie – need the option to put my hair up at any moment. And you’ll rarely find me without the windows open. I seem to never have enough fresh air.
Gosh – there are so many people I’d love to work with.
THE ONLY CITY BETTER THAN CHARLESTON:
I love Charleston, but when the temperatures hit the humid 90s every day in July and August, I’m much happier about the idea of being somewhere in New England… Nantucket, Maine, etc. Or somewhere out West.
WHEN I FEEL UNINSPIRED:
I start planning a trip somewhere or, often times, I just try to get outside for a run or walk. Fresh air and time away from screens always leaves me feeling revitalized.
ADVICE I WISH I HAD 5 YEARS AGO:
Probably more like advice I wished I had listened to – be patient. Also, don’t force things. Never works.
IN 5 YEARS, FIND ME:
Spending summers in a quiet New England town by the water where I can have space for a studio, a bigger garden, and a pile of books.
ABOVE ALL ELSE:
Surround yourself with people and things that bring you joy and inspire you. Get rid of everything else.