I am not easily awed, but Ashley has that ‘wow’ factor in spades. Stunning, smart and successful, she’s one of those women it’s easy to envy, but also can’t help liking because she’s a really good person. We first met at a press event for one of her clients, and I was struck by how genuine and welcoming she was to everyone in the room.
A San Francisco native with a bit of a bohemian spirit, Ashley traveled extensively as a child with her family: her father was a member of the Peace Corps and her mother was an editor at Travel + Leisure and Vogue. These travels inspired her love of exotic and far flung places and cultures.
After graduating from Duke, Ashley came to NY and worked at Vogue before going into public relations. Following Vogue, she worked in-house with Diane von Furstenberg and Anya Hindmarch before opening her own PR firm WICK AND Co., a communications consultancy that represents clients in travel, fashion, lifestyle and design.
Home is now the West Village, but Ashley still travels far and wide every chance she gets.
Pieces I will have forever: The gold Cartier Tank Divan watch that my mother gave me as a college graduation gift; it is no longer in production which makes it even more special…I also cherish a collection of vintage Gucci cotton pocket squares that belonged to my grandmother Ceci. The Mexican Rebozo scarf I bought on a buying trip for L-atitude is another piece I hope to have forever. It takes 3 months to hand dye and weave a single scarf and the few artisans who have mastered the technique are slowly disappearing.
What inspires me: I am inspired by what happens when passion meets commitment, especially when it is aimed at doing good. I am drawn to and invigorated by creative people who are taking risks to explore original, innovative ideas. One of the best parts of working for myself is that I have the freedom to work with clients who are representative of just that.
Favorite destination: It is too difficult to chose just one. One of the places I’ve visited that left a lasting impression on me was Java, Indonesia. I had the great fortune of staying at the Amanjewo hotel, near the Borobudur ruins, which is the world’s largest Buddhist sanctuary. It is is one of the most magical places I have ever visited. I was completely overwhelmed by the area’s natural beauty and surprised by the sense of peace I felt there. Amanjewo redefined my understanding of luxury and I am sure my experience there subconsciously fed my desire to work with hotels and travel specialists.
A perfect day is…. A hike in the hills near the Point Reyes National Seashore (an hour or so north of San Francisco) on a hot late summer day, lunch outside on the deck at Nick’s Cove on Tomales Bay, and a night spent fireside in one of the romantic cabins at Manka’s Inverness Lodge.