We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amanda, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
This new business venture, The Howard, started by simply noticing a beautiful, vacant building in my neighborhood. I wasn’t sure how I would transform it then but knew in time it would come to me, there was this consistent draw to the space that never went away. After 4 years of driving by and ready to make a big transition in my career, I finally made the call. The ideas came rushing in the second I walked inside. 30ft high ceilings braced by historic railroad tracks, a 6,000sqft showroom space with so many intricate details. From the curves in the door frames to the tilework, the vault room and not to mention the story behind the buildings’ original owner. I was completely obsessed. With over 10 years of experience in the art world as a curator, agent, and consultant I took the knowledge of what I saw lacking in the industry versus the overhead associated with gallery ownership and immediately thought art gallery showroom/workspace. It began as an art gallery co-op, a “we-work” for galleries, and over time it’s evolved into a more focused collective. I am now committed to building a space that will bring like-minded female entrepreneurs together under one roof. I’m interested in the story behind each female-founder, the obstacles encountered in building a brand with immense attention to detail, and how they challenged the market. The Howard has 5 gallery spaces and 4 shop spaces, each of which is available for occupancy upon invitation.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a creative, my art is the ability to envision potential and execute it to its maximum ability. I like to aim high and hold steady to that goal even if along the way it seems impossible. I’m very opinionated and sometimes I will fight for something that seems so small to someone else but in turn will take me on a whole new, brighter journey. Whether it’s consulting in PR and Marketing for a gallery or artist or totally redesigning the interior of a historic building to bring together multiple international businesswomen, I would say it’s all about focus and intent, if those things don’t line up and there isn’t passion it’s going to be very hard to find strength in the future when things get rocky…and things ALWAYS get rocky. I’m looking forward to this new endeavor, The Howard, where I get to combine my creative company, The Resin Collection with a physical space of my own to celebrate inspiring individuals. I’m molding all the skill-sets together to create an unforgettable experience, this is going to be very exciting and colorful!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The day would begin mid-morning in Pasadena, CA at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. It’s absolutely gorgeous there! We would have tea in the rose garden and peruse around the acres of beauty and the buildings of marble filled with inspiration. Taking our inspiration with us we would have to do something Hollywood chic, like lunch at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Following lunch, most likely vintage shop before getting ready for an evening of live music & dancing at The Langham Hotel back in Pasadena.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Without a doubt, a huge shoutout goes to my forever (mostly) patient partner, James McCutchen. For 5 years he’s listened to my many, many business ideas…encouraged me to take the next steps on a few and to chill out with many others. James, thanks for bringing the chill to this relationship. I want to thank him for the countless hours of filming and video editing as well as the art installation assistance and do I dare mention the storage units? Even when he thinks I’ve lost my mind in the efforts I put into a project, he’s somehow still here on the other side of them all, I’m sure he’s looking forward to the next adventure. A shoutout goes to my little sister, Molly Brown, for her unconditional love. The hours on the phone together, those hangouts mean the world to me. Disconnecting from all the things and just laughing with her is the best!