ABOUT | Ashard Richley

Ashley Burghardt's infatuation for design was founded at an early age when her grandmother first taught her to sew. This childhood hobby became an impassioned dream as Ashley created a variety of dresses, purses, and swimsuits while in high- school. She then followed that dream to Texas Tech University in order to pursue a degree in Apparel Design and Manufacturing. As a design student, Ashley ventured to Florence for a semester abroad where she studied at Florence University of the Arts and discovered her niche: Accessories design.

The skills Ashley acquired through the ADM and FUA programs proved invaluable as she claimed a coveted internship with a high-end handbag and shoe line, Be&D, which required a move to New York City after graduation. Her collegiate experience coupled with a prestigious internship afforded Ashley a soaring start to her career as an assistant designer on Coach's Reed Krakoff Collection. She later moved to Dallas where she was the head designer of a small accessories company before branching out to launch her own accessories line. ASHARD RICHLEY debuted in October of 2009 offering Ashley's unique take on handbags that combines fashion, form & function. Since the company's inception, the creative line has collected a surmountable number of accolades including appearances in several local and national magazines as well as featured on many television series. ASHARD RICHLEY handbags can also be found in over one hundred stores in the United States, Canada, and Costa Rica.

Ashley, as a blossoming designer, mustered many honors herself. She appeared draped in a stunning Armani dress amidst the Dallas Symphony Hall in D- Magazine's 2010 edition of Dallas' Ten Most Beautiful Women. Ashley was also listed amongst the state's top twenty designers by Texas Next Top Designer and was a coach to a young Dallas girl on MTV's hit show, Made. Her most recent notable triumph was on the new Lifetime series 24 Hour Catwalk where she competed against three other talented designers to craft a collection within one day. Ashley's designs championed the runway and a monetary grand prize. Her episode can be found at MyLifetime.com. This victory has escalated Ashley to a higher level amongst the design industry and demonstrated her enthralling tenacity. She is a creative figure to watch and a name to know that will not soon be forgotten.

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