By Tiffany Ash
Just as much as I love to follow trends and styles, I also love learning about the people behind the fashion. This month, I decided to use this Missouri Magazine platform to get to know Amanda Pike, owner of Amandenîmes, a denim boutique located in Osage Beach. The store opened in May 2019, but as you will hear…the story began long before that.
Tiffany : Why did you want to start a denim shop?
Amanda : I wanted to start a denim shop because my whole life I grew up loving fashion. In high school, I always distressed my own denim. So, whenever I went to college I didn’t really know what I wanted to do or major in … so I just kind of went with the flow and majored in what everyone else was majoring in, Ag Business. I graduated and came home and started an online thing just for fun. My business escalated from there and now I have a storefront!
Tiffany : What do you love most about owning a store and about what you do on a daily basis?
Amanda : I love what I do because I love taking something that nobody wants and that someone might thing is ugly, and making it cute. I also love recycling and if the jeans (in my shop) weren’t getting distressed and resold, they probably would end up at Goodwill for years.
Tiffany : What’s your favorite article of clothing, besides denim?
Amanda : Totally sweatpants!
Tiffany : What message do you have for other women who desire to chase a dream?
Amanda : Just do it. Don’t procrastinate because I did and now that I’m doing it I’m like I really wish I would’ve started this even back in high school. Life goes really fast so you just have to do it!
Tiffany : Who has been your biggest cheerleader?
Amanda : Definitely my family. All three of my sisters and my mom for sure. My dad also helped me build everything in my shop. So my family 100 percent!
Tiffany : What is something that would surprise people to know about you?
Amanda : I don’t really look like it but I went to school in Oklahoma, which is one of the main reasons why I got into distressing denim! While there, was surrounded by the western industry, and thrift stores, and stuff like that so most of my styles are influenced by that western culture.