Connecting with readers has always been one of my favorite parts of my job. It should come as no surprise, then, that one of my favorite things about running Gal Meets Glam Collection is the opportunity to connect with even more women all over the world! I love getting a peek into the lives of the women who wear our pieces, especially when I learn about what they do, what they’re passionate about, and what inspires them. If you scroll through our lookbooks each month, there’s a good chance you already know about my admiration for Neely & Chloe. We’ve used their chic handbags countless times in our shoots, and multiple women on our team have proceeded to order their own after falling in love with the quality and design. This month, we caught up with the Neely and Chloe Burch, the sisters behind their eponymous brand. Their story of seeing a hole in the market that they had the passion to fill resonated with me so much, since we launched Gal Meets Glam Collection for the same reason. Please enjoy reading more about these dynamic women and seeing how they’re wearing their favorite pieces this season!
When and why did you two decide to join forces to start Neely & Chloe?
Neely: In the summer of 2015, Chloe was a merchant at J.Crew and I was running a mobile retail concept. After a few months of poking and prodding, I finally convinced Chloe to jump ship and come join me as my business partner. We spent about a year sourcing and designing our product, brand building, and fundraising before launching Neely & Chloe in September 2016 to fill the void between affordable accessories and luxury brands. We seek to invest in quality, trust in design, and believe that consumers deserve more. We make precious things—items of quality and beauty—that are meant to be used for years.
What is the best part about running a business together?
Working together on our shared vision. We have very complementary skill sets that tend to balance each other out. When a problem or challenge arises, we know almost immediately who is best equipped to handle it. When we’re solving issues right and left and we are both in our elements, we can really get things done!
What are three essentials you would pack for a holiday getaway?
Neely: Sunscreen (whether I’m skiing or in the sun, it’s my number one skincare must), my Neely & Chloe jewelry case filled with fun statement earrings, and a fun patterned scarf to wear with a white dress or jeans and a sweater.
Chloe: I always pack in my Neely & Chloe weekender—it’s the perfect size and fits right in the overhead. I also always pack face moisturizer (even in warm destinations, it’s so important to moisturize every morning and night!), and a good book! Next on my reading list is Shoe Dog.
What is on your holiday wish list this year?
Neely: A king-size bed!! Our puppy is spoiled and ends up in the bed more often than not. Things are just a little too cozy in our queen.
Chloe: Some new decorative pillows for my couch! I am dying to add a little color to my living room.
What is a piece of advice you’d love to share with budding designers and young entrepreneurs?
Neely: Be proud of your accomplishments! It is easy to minimize your triumphs, especially in the age of social media where it seems like everything is going swimmingly for everyone else. Even by taking a leap to get started, you’ve come further than most would ever consider. Take pride in that!
Chloe: Be flexible! I always need to remind myself that it’s okay if things don’t always go according to plan. Everything will work out, and sometimes, things turn out for the better when you have to shift gears.
Shop the Gal Meets Glam Collection pieces Neely and Chloe are wearing: