ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Amanda Perna is a somewhat unassuming character. A woman with a “girl from next door” charm and an on-the- mark understanding of a woman's personal style profile, she carries a whimsy yet powerful way about her. Perna is a young, spirited, and talented designer who draws her inspiration from a number of sources including her PALM BEACH lifestyle. Unlike many designers, who have specific - even iconic - reference points guiding them along a track, Perna gains inspiration from every day beauty. She doesn’t shy away from the bumpy road because it offers ‘surprises and inspiration in uncommon packages’.
It was her journey at the University of Alabama and the Fashion Institute of Technology where Amanda discovered her love and passion for the industry. While studying fashion design, Amanda had internships at Oscar de la Renta's O Oscar brand, and Calvin Klein. in addition to starting her first fashion label Couture Chaos at the age of 19. In the midst of it all, Perna was also given the opportunity to appear on season 9 of Project Runway and asked back on Project Runway season 14.
Upon graduation, Amanda landed a design position at Calvin Klein, where she worked for 4 years before leaving to start her new label The House of Perna. Not only was THoP selected by the WWD for the Emerging Designer Showcase at MAGIC Las Vegas and asked back as a "Allstar", but it was also named best emerging brand at AmericasMart Atlanta.
Amanda loves designing from her Delray Beach studio, with her husband Solomon, daughter Stella and Yorkshire Terrier Bruno by her side.