Pamela Bell is an entrepreneur, advocate, and artist. She is the founder of prinkshop, a social enterprise that creates advocacy campaigns that are designed to be worn. prinkshop, which produces in the USA, aims to create jobs, instigate change, and mobilize people to wear what they care about.
As one of the four founding partners of the iconic retail brands Kate Spade and Jack Spade, which they started with a borrowed jeep and some savings, Pamela led many areas of business including product development, merchandising, retail store development, e-commerce, and global licensing. For 15 years, she worked closely with Kate Spade, Andy Spade and Elyce Arons, until they sold the company to Neiman Marcus in 2008.
Pamela is a longtime supporter of mental health for all. In 2012, she founded the Bowery Arts Project in New York City, which offers therapeutic art classes to clients of the non-medical detox unit at Project Renewal. The volunteer-led initiative, which runs twice a week, serves low-income and homeless men and women working towards renewing their lives with health, homes, and jobs.
In 2019, Pamela joined designer Kenneth Cole as a co-founder, creative partner, and board member of The Mental Health Coalition, which aims to raise awareness and destigmatize conversations around mental health issues.
Pamela also explores her own experiences with loss, family transitions, and renewal in her work as a collage artist. Her work was recently exhibited in a solo show at the Waverly Gallery in Southhampton, NY, July 2021. www.pamelabellcollageworks.com
Her commitment to the arts extends to her role as a board member of The American Theatre Wing, and she is a Tony Voter. She is also a Disruptor Fellow, a member of the CFDA, and is a Lang Center Innovation Fellow at Columbia Business School.
Pamela lives in New York and Watermill, LI and has three grown children and two step children.
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