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Ensemble X TRIBE

Melanie Oliva

Posted on July 05 2020

Ensemble X TRIBE

There's a little magic when two boss babes link up to create something beautiful. That is what Kassie and Ashley did when they chose to collaborate to make all women feel beautiful inside and out through clothing and accessories. If you have not personally met Ashley, she is absolutely the life of the party. We recently had her in for our Saturday Pop- Up shop-- her energy, work ethic, and desire to make each guests feel gorgeous radiates each and every single time.  

Let's begin with the fabulous Ashley Donnell...

Ashley is a midwestern babe at heart, growing up in the Kansas City Metro area and Independence. She is all about the outdoors, spending time by the lake--with her adorable camper--or cooling down poolside in her backyard. Ashley loves supporting local businesses in the Missouri-Kansas area. " I love supporting local businesses, and shopping at small independent based boutiques. Some of my favorite are: Ensemble in OP, Anchora Bella in Lee's Summit, & I also love popping into Kindred at the malls," said Donnell. Ashley not only stays in the KC area, but enjoys traveling often. "I live for traveling, and recently have started doing a lot of pop ups in other cities to help fulfill that need! If I'm traveling, odds are I'll be finding the local brewery! In 2019 I actually visited over 100 different breweries," said Donnell. 

Ashley Donnell (center) pictured above. 

What is TRIBE? 

When I personally discovered TRIBE it was at another local boutique in the Kansas City area.  I am obsessed with bohemian jewelry, dainty necklaces, and unique pieces--and that is exactly what Tribe offers and more! Ashley started Tribe because she loved supporting local businesses the same way Kassie (and the stylists at Ensemble) do. "I fell in love with small businesses when I started working with bridal stores 8 years ago. I knew that I wanted to start a business of my own some day, and that my business would help, support & empower women in some way," said Donnell. When you purchase an item from Ashley, no matter how big or small, it is helping other women. What I find inspiring about Tribe, comes from Ashley's vision of giving back to women who hand make jewelry. "When I started Tribe, I set out on a mission to support other women owned businesses by carrying artisan items in our artisan collection (exclusively on our website or pop-ups) handmade by women. We also carry a line that's super special to me that is made by women in Haiti so not only do you get to buy a cute earring, but together we get to help employ a woman in an area where she needs it most," said Donnell. No matter what you purchase, Tribe jewelry will donate $1 to a charity that empowers, saves, and supports women. 

Ashley + Tribe  jewelry =  Pop Ups Galore!

You never know when you might walk in and see Ashley's beautiful smile at a pop up. Ashley not only sells her products online, promotes via Instagram, but also travels around the area --and out of state--to showcase her beautiful jewelry. "We love doing pop ups both big and small. We are introducing at home parties this summer too! If you're interested in private shopping for you & your closest girlfriends just let me know," said Donnell. The fun thing about a pop up shop, it really feels like you are getting professionally styled and pampered. Ashley does a marvelous job about making sure you leave with items you really would wear on a daily basis. "I started pop ups right out of the gate. I worked mall retail all through college & really missed selling & styling girls so I knew in person events were going to be huge for me. I'm working on really expanding & enhancing our pop up experience," said Donnell. 

Nala Metal Fringe earrings pictured above. One of Ashley's favorites. 

 

 Why Ensemble and Tribe came together... 

Both Ensemble and Tribe came forth, to share the love for supporting each other, women, and fashion. "Her mission of making women feel beautiful through fashion closely aligns with mine. I know my Tribe likes to shop in person, so we are super excited about the opportunity to allow our Tribe girls that ability  & to introduce Tribe to Ensemble's shoppers," said Donnell. We can now help each and every customer add a little bit of Tribe to their outfit. 

Larissa Earrings pictured above.

"I'm normally not a sparkley kinda girl but these have that cool girl vibe x 10. I love the starburst shape, and the rose gold accent is just gorgeous. It's cool enough you can pair it with a tshirt, but also dressy enough you can wear it with a LBD and look dressed up," said Donnell.  

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