Carolina Amato Advertisement 1978
Carolina Amato in glove factory, Naples, 2011
Thomas Amato circa 1930 in Brooklyn, wearing a suit tailored by his mother, Frances Amato
Francesca & Carolina Amato
Company founder Carolina Amato started her early career as a painter and settled in a loft in New York's Fulton Fish market. Her unique talent served her well when she eventually turned her creative energies to fashion and accessories design in the late seventies, along with her husband, the architect Frank Capone. Carolina Amato hails from a family of Italian textile professionals who settled in New York City in 1910. The AMATO design legacy began with her maternal and paternal grandmothers, each of whom were skilled craftswomen who plied their craft in New York's garment center, where the AMATO NEWYORK showroom still exists today. Alongside her grandfather, a furniture maker and upholsterer, Carolina Amato recalls her childhood filled with days spent playing with the exquisite ribbons, trims and fine fabrics that adorned her grandparents workshops. She also had the privilege of learning to sew from her grandmother on her original black iron Singer factory sewing machine, an experience that she would ultimately utilize as she entered the creative world of fashion and textile design.