Welcome to Ampersand
From day one, our goal has been to provide our customers with accessible luxury. We’re excited to be able to share our love of accessories (read: #bagladies and proud of it!) by designing collections that cater to our girl’s wide-ranging needs. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing our handbags worn by some of the most stylish and inspiring women we know. But, if we’re completely honest, there’s a lot to talk about when it comes to the little moments that happen between the first stitch and the embossed finish.
For those of you who don’t know, we began to work on Neely & Chloe at a very chaotic point in our lives. When you’re recently out of school and learning to navigate the real world, rarely are you able to focus on one thing at a time. This concept of “and” really embodies what we feel on a daily basis as well as what our customer experiences. She is always moving, doing this and that, and needs products that are going to simplify her lifestyle.
This concept is at the core of Neely & Chloe, and the ampersand itself tells a story of the two of us. From the & emblem on our signature & Smoking Slipper to the personal touches from each of us respectively, everything comes together when including the ampersand in our products.
In fact, we recently came together as a team to talk shop and realized just how much we have to say. Nearly a year into Neely & Chloe, we’ve celebrated major milestones and had to overcome growing pains that are all too familiar with running a small business. With so much under our belt (and even more in our bags) already, we wanted to create a space that addresses the realities of being young designers in New York – which brings us to today’s relaunch of our blog.
Welcome to Ampersand, your source for all things Neely & Chloe! With this exciting relaunch, we want our new platform to document the daily happenings inside our Franklin Street atelier and our life on the road – starting with our Airstream Tour this summer. We also love the idea of lifting the veil on the fashion world and will be introducing you to a few amazing women who have been kind enough to spill what they’ve been up to lately. Keep your eyes and ears open for those stories soon!
In the coming months, we plan to use Ampersand to share as much as possible with you and hope that you will do the same for us – because everything we create is informed by our community’s thoughts and feedback. For now, we’ll continue to strive to create your perfect handbag, and of course, document the design magic in the process. Stay tuned!
– Neely and Chloe Burch