Pamella DeVos is no doubt a visionary when it comes to the world of fashion. Launching her line Pamella Roland in 2002, DeVos has become an iconic go-to in the realm of evening-wear among tastemakers and celebrities alike. Starting her career in marketing and public relations, DeVos has always been able to bring a business savviness to her collections - something that makes her a designer to be reckoned with. Her collection didn't simply arrive, it exploded onto the scene at its first showing at New York Fashion Week in 2002. She's been a mover and shaker in the industry ever since, which is why we couldn't help but hear about what possession she treasures most and why...
How did you come to own your heirloom?
My son gave me the Monica Rich Kosann bracelet and first charm with his photo inside about seven years ago at Christmas. He has been adding charms ever since on special occasions such as my birthday or Mother’s Day.
How do you live with your heirloom?
I never leave home without my bracelet. I travel so much it's like having a piece of my son wherever I am in the world. Some people travel with picture frames of their families...I travel with my bracelet.
Who in your life has most influenced your personal style and taste?
I have been most influenced by my mother. She has always had a keen sense of style and ability to recognize quality pieces.
Fill in the blank: Whenever I look at a _______ I can’t help but smile.
My family or my dog, Manolo.
What’s the best part of your day?
When everyone goes to bed and I can have time to myself to wind down from the day. In my chaotic days, the quiet at night gives me time to reflect and rejuvenate for the next day.
Describe your ideal day.
A sunny summer Sunday afternoon with my family at home relaxing by our pool with a cocktail in hand.
What is your favorite place to shop for antique/vintage pieces?
I have found some great antique shops in San Francisco. Most recently, we purchased an antique credenza from C. Mariani Antiques on Harrison Street. I often find inspiration in pieces of art or artists. This is equally true for furniture such as the clean lines of an Eames chair or beautiful carvings in an old armore.
What was the most memorable gift you’ve ever given or received?
Not necessarily one gift, but rather gifts. I love receiving and gifting books of all kinds. I have a passion for reading and enjoy much of my spare time reading on various topics. I write in each book I receive as a gift of who it is from and when I was given the book.
What was your last purchase that you believe will mean something to you 10 years from now?
One of my most treasured gifts was given to me by my grandmother. She gave me her high school graduation dress. I had this framed and it is hanging in our Northern Michigan cottage. Most recently, I also had my mother's wedding dress framed. It has always meant so much to myself and my sisters. Now being able to see it every day hanging on the wall, like a piece of art will mean more and more as we are able to see it every day.
*Photographed by Monica Rich Kosann