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meet | ashleigh hults

Featured 6.25-7.1.18 | About a year ago, Jennifer Fisher showed up at my house with a straw beach tote embroidered in red with the words "Fuck You and Your Hamptons House." Needless to say, I was obsessed. Today, I’m equally as obsessed with the bag’s creator, Ashleigh Hults, the brains behind the business that has singlehandedly made beach bags not only cool, but more than just a vehicle to get your Supergoop and your Kindle to the beach. As sunny as you’d expect a girl who literally creates beach vibes on the daily to be, Ashleigh launched Poolside Bags two summers ago, mostly by accident. But boy are we happy she did, and not just because we got to create an exclusive 4-piece line with her, or because we love the idea of carrying a piece of summer with us wherever we go. It's because she’s used her company to create a platform for female empowerment. In fact, she’s committed to having her bags crafted by women in villages in Morocco in India, thereby ensuring their financial independence. Oh! And did we mention that Poolside is actually just her side hustle? Yup. Her “real” job is as VP of Marketing & Business Development at the uber-popular athleisure brand, Bandier. So while you might be fooled into thinking she's lounging poolside, sipping rosé and thinking up pithy quotes to custom embroider on her bags all day, she’s doing a whole helluva lot more than that. And we’re thrilled to share it all with you.
Welcome to Ashleigh’s week.