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Amanda Wakeley (born 15 September 1962) is a British fashion designer best known for her evening and cocktail dresses and accessories, and for her “clean glam” signature style, has also developed a presence in daywear, including day-dresses, tailoring and knitwear and a line of accessories and jewellery. Sposa is the brand's bridal collection.
Amanda Wakeley’s flagship store is located in Fulham Road, Chelsea, London. Besides the UK, where Wakeley has a strong presence with concessions at Harvey Nichols throughout the country and at other leading retailers, the brand’s international presence continues to grow and is now available in more than 50 fashion and luxury retailers throughout Europe, America and the Middle East.
Following a stint as a fashion model in New York in the 1980s, Wakeley launched her signature line in 1990, opening a small studio and boutique in the heart of Chelsea, London.
Since 2009, she has built her brand and business with a substantial financial investment in the company from AGC Equity Partners, a private equity firm based in London, to fuel its expansion.
Wakeley was awarded an OBE in 2010 for her services to the fashion industry, and is also the winner of numerous awards, including three British Fashion Awards. Since 1996, she has co-chaired the committee for the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer appeal leading the efforts to raise substantial funds to support the charity.