Downtown Abbey enthusiast with a Southern girl charm, Andrea Romero’s captivating personality and infectious laugh easily draws you in even before you look at her vintage inspired, with a modern twist accessories. AMR Accessories was created by Andrea to share her love of fashion and designing and what started as a hobby has grown into a small business that continues to grow. I caught up with the accessory designer to talk about her latest line inspired by equestrian fashions in between gasps for air and too much laughter it was criminal.
What inspired you to start your own jewelry line?
A lot of encouragement from family. It’s my passion and I love to create and design things. That’s part of who I am but it started off as a hobby, something I did on the side. Making jacket pins for myself, playing with fabrics and it caught the attention of family and friends and that voice of encouragement of why not just use your talent and do something with it really encouraged me. When you find something that you love doing just do it. Especially if it brings you joy.
What was the inspiration behind your equestrian collection?
I’ve always had this fascination with equestrian culture and lifestyle and at the time I was stuck on the Downtown Abbey series and there was a lot of hunting and horse riding. There is something about it that is captivating. Horses are very majestic animals and just down to the fashion – the tailoring of the jackets the classic look of it all. A friend of mine took a black and white photograph of a horse-head post while traveling and there was something about the textures in the photograph and elegant look of the rustic horse-head that caught my eye. The Victorian era is just a big source of inspiration for this collection.
Can you ride a horse?
Haha, yes I can! I never took it on as a sport but I’ve always enjoyed riding horses when I had the chance to.
Describe your aesthetic?
Elegant, classy and feminine. I appreciate beautiful fabrics and craftsmanship and I love the mix of old and new. So when I’m creating a piece and I’m inspired by a trend or a certain fashion piece that was popular during the Victorian era or the early 1900’s, I try and put a more modern spin on it for today’s woman.