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Get to Know: Amanda Shine and Billur Kazaz of The Setting

Get to Know: Amanda Shine and Billur Kazaz of The Setting

There is a quote that says, “Behind every successful woman is herself” and if you’ve had the chance to meet Amanda Shine and Billur Kazaz of The Setting, you know that this could not ring more true.  

In the time I have known these two, I can say without hesitation that I have learned more from them than I ever imagined. From their impeccable taste and keen eye for design to their unwavering level of hard work and determination, Amanda and Billur are examples of what it means to be strong female founders in today’s world. However, and aside from their success in starting their own business, one of the most important things that I have learned from them is the importance of taking pride in how you look, for it is a direct reflection of our inner-self.  Always looking to better themselves and those around them, Amanda and Billur are not only envied for their amazing style and aesthetic, but more importantly, for their strong values as both businesswomen, friends, and leaders inside and out of the office, all of which make me very lucky to call them dear friends and women I greatly admire.

So with that in mind, continue reading to learn more about these two entrepreneurs and stunning style mavens that are taking the world of design by storm!

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Where are you from?
Amanda:
 Southampton, New York
Billur: Turkey

What is something most people don’t know about you?
Amanda: I played field hockey and lacrosse pretty competitively in High School (lol)
Billur: I am a huge nerd about plants and flowers!

Favorite city to live in / visit?
Amanda: Live in: NY : Visit: LA and Paris
Billur: Live in: New York, Visit: Bodrum

3 words that best describe each other?
Amanda: 
Creative, funny, smart
Billur: Charming, strong, THE BEST!

Last concert you saw?
Amanda: 
Does Chris Rock stand up count??
Billur: Coldplay

If we hacked onto your Spotify, what would we be listening to?
Amanda: Glenn Fry, Dua Lipa and Cardi!!!!
Billur: Amanda's playlist :)

Favorite restaurant(s)?
Amanda: 
Two Hands, Sweetgreen, Ida’s and Gemma
Billur: Tiny's, Maman

Favorite essentials clothing brand(s)?
Amanda: 
Everlane, AYR and Reformation 
Billur: 
Outdoor Voices, Reformation, VEDA, and Elizabeth and James!

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Beauty product(s) you live by?
Amanda: 
La Mer and True Botanicals forever
Billur: Rose water + Biologique

A brand we should know?
Amanda: 
Sarah Flint!
Billur: The Setting

Favorite store(s)?
Amanda: Michele Varian, Warm and Matter
Billur: Love Adorned, Strand Book Store, ABC Carpet and Home

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Any tattoos?
Amanda: 
Nope!
Billur: Not yet!

Favorite surfboard maker / place to surf?
Amanda:
I am more of a swimmer and love going to the beach near where I grew up in Southampton!
Billur: TBD once I finally give it a go!

Person you most look up to?
Amanda: My brother
Ellis: My mom

Favorite watch?
Amanda: Shinola
Billur: Vintage Rolex

Favorite car?
Amanda: Does Uber count??
Billur: 1950s Thunderbird!

Favorite shoes - casual and for a night out?
Amanda:
 Casual: Air max. Night out: anything by Sarah Flint
Billur: Casual: Chelsea boots. Night out: Emma pumps by Sarah Flint!

Favorite quote?
Amanda: Love your family
Billur: What goes around comes around

Workout(s) of choice?
Amanda: 
Modelfit and NY Pilates
Billur: Boxing and recently Yoga

Something you are most excited about for the future?
Amanda: 
Our trip to Europe next month and some interesting product development we have coming up
Billur: To continue to grow our business and learn everyday!


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