I am Amber Macintosh, stylist and designer, and the author of The Stylist’s Stamp.
I live and breathe fashion. I use it as a tool to express myself on a daily basis. It bolsters my confidence when I’m down, and it allows me to shine outwardly when I can’t find it from within.
Fashion isn’t everyone’s pinnacle, but it is mine. I studied at Cordwainers, London College of Fashion and I have a degree in Product Design for the Fashion Industry. I specialised in footwear, and I chose this because it’s one of the few elements of fashion that is all inclusive – accessories observe no age, shape or size.
Over the years I have designed for large luxury brands including Tabitha Simmons, Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Preen and Robert Clergerie as well as Theory, L.K. Bennet and Kate Spade New York.
I’ve taken immense pleasure in seeing my shoes strutting down catwalks, in magazines or walking along the street, but it’s seeing the impact that fashion can have on real people that makes me buzz. For four years I worked part time at Liberty of London – a luxury department store – and initially it was to tide me through sporadic or dismally paid freelance work, but then it became something more, and it was here that I learned the art of styling.
As a designer, I understand the importance of quality, fabric and cut. As a stylist, I understand the importance of listening and of gentle direction, whilst supporting the client through personal style development. And as a consumer, I understand the importance an outfit has on uplifting our moods and setting the tone.
It’s through my love of fashion, and real people, that this Blog and Styling Service has been born. The Stylist’s Stamp is about breaking down catwalk trends and making them accessible to every individual.