Meet Paula Frendell of PaulaMarieCollection

tell us about your products. where they are made. who makes them. favorite product features.

PaulaMarieCollection is a mother-daughter owned line that offers fashion-forward folks of all genders opportunities to spice up both their daily ensembles and special occasion wear with unique fur accessories. The owner and designer, Paula Frendell, holds degrees from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, New York. Her mission is to create beautiful, eye-catching pieces and accessories where fur is both traditionally present and not, including scarves, wraps, muff bags, hair ties, shoe slides, flip flops, vests, and jackets

tell us about your connection to Chicago. your neighborhood.

My daughter graduated from Univ of Chicago and stayed in Chicago after graduation. She invited me to live in Chicago so within two weeks I moved from NJ. We currently live on the most beautiful street in the city, Astor Place, in the Gold coast

what do you love about your business, your industry.

The joy it brings to helping people find their own style

tell us about your design inspiration - space, smells, colors, textures - your nana's couch.

My school days as a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC

what advice do you have for other creative entrepreneurs?

Live your dream!

share a favorite quote, a mantra.

Love It - Wear it - Own It

surprise us with your secret talent, fact, etc.

I’m a great chess player

what's the most common question you get about your business?

“how did you start?”

tell us about your process for making + creating.

For many of my items, my manufacturers upcycle fur scraps that would have otherwise been thrown out. I believe that PaulaMarieCollection should be a place to discover new and exciting sources of fashion, pleasure, excitement, and fun, besides the traditional "long fur coat."

what is the best advice you've ever been given and how has it shaped you and your business?

Stay Focused

is there a special discount for covet shoppers?

All Covet Market shoppers will receive a 10% discount day of the show

connect with PaulaMarie Collection

@paulamariecollection on Instagram and Facebook

Jessica Cohen