Pamela Munson with her darling girls.
Pamela Munson, the woman, is in the midst of shooting her High Summer/Pre-Fall collection. She’s somewhat of a pro at this part of the creative process, having thought of how she’ll style and photograph her Pamela Munson, the brand, pieces since their inception. Her razor sharp eye for outfitting models and setting them in dream scenes pairs perfectly with the talented photographer she’s chosen, Georgia Nerheim. Chalk this up to her decade plus experience at some of the biggest brands in the world, including Chanel, Bergdorf Goodman and Oscar de la Renta.
Pamela’s transition from working on other storied brands to creating one of her own was natural. An NYU grad, Pamela pairs her business savvy with her childhood memories of the Bahamas and other beautiful beach towns to offer the world a signature straw accessories line that speaks volumes on its own…let alone what style bibles such as Vogue and Elle say about it.
We sat down with Pamela Munson to learn a bit more about the woman behind the name and the brand. Fashionistas, take note.
1. Have you had any memorable mentors? If so, how did you meet? What advice have they shared that’s stuck with you?
My earliest mentors were the most impressionable – my parents and two grandfathers. Above all, they believed in me and made me feel special from a young age and always told me to pursue my passions and do what makes me happy.
2. You’ve had stints at Chanel, Oscar de la Renta and Bergdorf Goodman. How has working at some of the biggest names in fashion influenced your own brand?
Chanel is arguably the most iconic luxury brand in the world. Working at Chanel teaches you the fundamentals of branding and putting the brand first, always. I’ve learned not to be short sighted or make decisions based on a quick return but be more thoughtful and mindful of the long term. I try to stay focused and motivated by who we are as a brand and not deviate from our message, our core client, and goals.
3. Favorite unexpected places to draw inspiration for your collections?
My imagination! And then travel, art, old photos of my grandparents, 60s style all help inform my aesthetic. I love the process of creation: from an idea to a sketch to sample and all of the iterations in between.
4. Life Motto?
‘The cream always rises to the top.’ My grandfather always used to say this to me and as I get older it resonates with me more and more.