Designer GOODS: The Shine Project’s stylish accessories support student scholarships
Editor’s Note: I’m always on the hunt to find new HGC-approved brands from all around the world, but I LOVE when I find more brands and new businesses that are based here in the States. It’s so rewarding to be able to share the stories of the founders that look good, do good and give back. The Shine Project is our latest brand that we love and have to share with you. Earlier this year, Meagan and I discovered a few new brands that truly embody a free-spirited, fun, and pay it forward lifestyle that always gives back in the best way- by helping provide scholarships and opportunities for high school students.
We mutually agree that The Shine Project stud earrings are a must-have, we LOVE the Druzzy necklaces and Druzzy bracelets, the inspirational tees are amazing, and if you’re in college or have a college student in your life, you’ve got to check out the super rad Sorority Stacks. Below, Meagan shares why we love Ashley LeMieux and her genius (and fashionable!) brand, The Shine Project.
The Shine Project supports student scholarships
By Meagan Carter
Sometimes it’s hard to believe that it only takes one person to make a difference but Ashley LeMieux is a shining example of the power of one. Ashley’s passion began during her senior year of college while working as a teacher’s assistant in an inner city school in Phoenix, AZ. Her life was changed when she realized what her student’s day-to-day lives really looked like. Some students didn’t think college was an option for them and they also had no one to believe in them. Add to that, they couldn’t imagine who or what could help fund such a journey.
But Ashley had other plans; she created The Shine Project. Inspired by her students, she took to social media and began raising money for college scholarships. After providing seven scholarships, she knew she had to come up with a way for these young adults to experience the work force and earn income of their own.
This is what inspired Threads, an extension of The Shine Project. Ashley started Threads by employing the first few students who received scholarships and teaching them how to make bracelets in her apartment. Although she had hope, there was no guarantee that this venture would work. But to her surprise, after the first week the bracelets sold out. Ashley now employs twelve students, works from The Shine Project headquarters in Phoenix and makes sure each student is involved in every aspect of the business.
The Shine Project collection includes rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, charms, and apparel. Prices range from $24-78 USD. Click here to shop these HGC-approved necklaces, bracelets and earrings!
Needless to say this wonderful, thoughtful brand gets the HGC stamp of approval and we can’t wait to see what’s to come for The Shine Project for the rest of 2016!
All photos courtesy of TheShineProject.com and The Shine Project Facebook unless otherwise noted.