Growing up, we always had an entrepreneurial spirit. At the ages of 10 and 12, we started our first business selling hair accessories and tote bags. After taking just a couple of sewing classes and using our mom’s sewing machine, we handmade items to sell at our local beauty salon. This lasted for a couple of years but as we got older, we attained degrees in completely different areas.
While my sister has a background in journalism and I had been pursuing the medical field, we'd never forgotten about our love for creating. We didn’t know when or how these ideas would intersect, but God had a plan.
In the beginning of 2016, life took an unexpected turn. Due to an unforeseen illness, I needed an urgent surgery and was withdrawn from my medical program weeks before graduation. There was alot going on and at the same time, my sister was laid off from her job that she had been with for years. This is when we realized God was redirecting our path. While recovering from surgery, my sister & I began making jewelry. This not only brought on a sense of peace and calmness, but it strengthened our faith. While nothing still made sense, we remembered Romans 8:28.
We’ve always had an interest in accessories. We noticed there was lack in men's jewelry and consistently had difficulty finding pieces that were casual enough for everyday wear. This is when we decided to launch Ashley & Melissa, a handcrafted jewelry line for the modern gentleman. All of our pieces are created by our production team in Dallas, TX.
We wanted to create high-end pieces that are subtle but yet sleek, making a bold statement. Our designs emulate luxury meets lifestyle with a touch of southern charm. We also have a passion for helping others so a portion of all proceeds are donated to St. Jude’s Children’s hospital.
To inspire optimism and encourage everyone to walk by faith - II Corinthians 5:7 Let your style make a statement & express yourself.