Meredith Brockington spent four years working as a Photo Art Director at L.L. Bean before launching her business, Amie, earlier this year. While mapping out plans for her future community-based online shop, Meredith kept a running list of artisans and makers whose work she felt most connected to and inspired by, and quickly noticed that her entire list was made up of women. Aptly named, the word amie (pronounced ah-mee) is French for female friend, and through her shop, Meredith promotes the work and goods of women artisans, many of whom have grown to be some of her closest female friends.
Although Amie was founded as an online shop, Meredith was able to find a lovely pop-up location on High Street in Portland for the holiday season. I had a chance to tour the shop, take some photos, and chat with Meredith on a bustling Saturday this fall. A wall of windows along Portland’s Congress Street fills the entire space with beautiful light, highlighting Amie’s carefully selected jewelry, goods for the home, clothing, and art. The iron rack of altered vintage denim from Takeko is a photograph waiting to be taken. Meredith’s own macramé designs hang in the windows, while the center table is filled with unique, well-made goods. Striking ceramics from Settle contrast beautifully next to the Cedar & Thrush’s lovely wooden boards and utensils, while Mulxiply’s modern jewelry further brightens the entire collection. Since I last visited the shop, one of my favorite Maine artists, Jenny Prinn, dropped off a few of her bold paintings that perfectly complement the Amie branding, created by Mann + Kone.