Love, Ashley Nyshell Sims
We're feeling the love for our creative and kindred spirit, Ashley, the founder of the jewelry brand, Humans Before Handles. A steadfast believer in the power of channeling your magical self through style, she shares her hope to inspire young Black women to follow their hearts and why it's essential for all humans' beautiful voices to be heard.
@TheAestheticGirl on Instagram
The ah-ha moment...
I started out running my own graphic design business, the Aesthetic Girl Design Studio, working and building other people’s brands. As I dedicated my time to being their "best-kept secret," I realized I wanted to create something bigger than just myself. I wanted to create something that reflects my beliefs, where I can incorporate my love for design, entrepreneurship, and fashion into a business that inspires others to discover their own passion. I was inspired by my grandmother Vera, who's been decked out in glamour and gold jewelry for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I would go through her jewelry box and dress up in her earrings and necklaces to gain a confidence I’d never known before fashion. My first line was mostly gold-plated, pearl, and acrylic jewelry to honor her influence.
Coffee and cuddle time with my pets - I have a cat named Melrose and a dog named Wilson. After a long day of work, they always need cuddles and attention, so I make sure to get that in late at night.