Originally from South Carolina, Ambriel grew up a citizen of the world, living in places like Saudi Arabia, Turks and Caicos, and Cyprus as her architect father relocated the family from city to city. Later, while earning her B.A. in Economics and Russian Languages from Williams College, Ambriel lived and studied in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.
Upon moving to New York City, Ambriel began exploring the design world, first as a costume designer and stylist and later as a maker. She studied screen printing at FIT and fell in love the process. She launched a quirky, eponymous accessories line of badges, bags, and belts that sold in stores around the world, including Barneys New York and the United Arrows department stores in Japan. Hand-stitched and hand-printed, Ambriel’s accessories were featured on the pages of V Magazine, Blackbook, i-D Magazine and Time Out New York, among many others.
In 2012, Ambriel shifted gears to start her family and quietly launched a capsule fabric collection. Over the last few years, demand for her fabrics has grown, prompting her to debut her first complete collection of Ambriel Floyd fabrics for Spring 2015. This collection, Synesthetic, features an array of landscape-inspired designs that play with geometric shapes, interrupted patterns, and color theories. Each abstraction marries art and design and the result is a collection of beautiful contrasts, at once familiar and strikingly new.
Ambriel always carries a sketchbook and a selection of pencils, markers, and paints to serve as both visual journals and a source of inspiration for future design ideas.