Either by themselves or stacked, bangles are definitely hot statement pieces right now. Belvoir Handmade has hit the nail on the head with these gorgeous bangles- and they’re SO affordable!
When owner of Belvoir Handmade, Ashley, saw a bangle she really liked in a store, her creative mind was determined to discover a way to design it herself. When she decided to turn it into a business, the next step was coming up with a brand. She chose to create her brand around some of the best memories she had at her alma mater by naming the bangles (and the entire company) after campus landmarks, friends, and the university’s neighborhood. Now, whenever she makes and sells and a bangle, she gets a trip down memory lane. In an interview with Ashley, I got to learn more about Belvoir and the lady behind it all.
B&B: What made you want to start Belvoir Handmade?
A: I started making these bangles last winter and wearing the ones I had designed as a part of my wardrobe. Numerous people were noticing the bangles, asking where to buy them. This gave me the confidence that I could create my own jewelry line. I had more free time in my schedule then I had been used to in the past few years, so I decided to give it a try. My friends and family have been extremely supportive throughout the process, which has continued to motivate me throughout the process.
B&B: Have you always been creative?
A: When I was really young, my Grandma would always have me help her with projects, so I like to think I’ve carried on her creative gene. As I’ve grown older, I’ve tried to find jobs that allow me to be creative. One of the things that I really enjoy about Belvoir, more than just designing the bangles, is creating a brand, building the website and designing the marketing pieces.
B&B: Best advice you’ve ever been given about opening your own business?
A: When I was first beginning to think about starting Belvoir and developing the website, I was traveling to visit my best friend in Oklahoma. Par for the course, I had numerous flight delays and ended up having to completely change my flight. During one of the new flights I was scheduled on, I was seated next to a man who seemed like any normal traveler. He was watching me work on my computer, and after about an hour into the flight, he asked what this project was I was so focused on. Turns out, he was an extremely successful high-end retail business owner. I showed him everything I had so far, he was very encouraging and told me he believed I had something. His parting words to me as our plane landed were to continue working hard toward this dream, enjoy every aspect of the experience and not to be afraid of any ideas that I develop. He set a reminder in his phone one year from that date to google Belvoir and see how far it grew.
B&B: Between a full time job and working with Belvoir Handmade, what do like to do in your free time?
A: I love to play tennis, practice hot yoga, and travel to see friends!
My favorite bangle is… The Ellie and The Murphy stacked together
I’m totally addicted to… Chipotle, I take a shuttle to work which means I don’t have a car to go to Chipotle for lunch. I’ve figured out the quickest way to walk to closest Chipotle so I can make it there and back during my one hour break, and I don’t feel as bad since I’m getting some exercise in!
My guilty pleasure is…pedicures – there’s nothing more relaxing than a good pedicure!
Ok, getting tricky here….Cleveland or Pittsburgh? Honestly, I love both cities. They both have so much to offer and I have great memories from each!
(arm party showcasing The Pacelli and The Dolan)
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