We met Ashley Griffin earlier this year when she called about a possible new hire that had interned for us. That reference call turned into a business meeting about a possible project collaboration. When we met in person, we instantly clicked with the Dallas-based digital marketing manager and knew we had to work together in some form or fashion down the road.
Since our meeting, Ashley (who moonlights as a style blogger/influencer under the name The Inspired I) has shopped our store and worn her fierce fashion finds from Dallas to New York Fashion Week. We love her abandon for rules and refreshing take on pairing separates for serious one-of-a-kind style that feels fresh and effortless.
We knew the Dallas gal, who grew up all over the US as a military brat (her words, not ours) was the perfect stylist and model for our latest collection of bold outerwear pieces. See the collection here and some behind-the-scenes action from the shoot in our latest Instagram TV video!
Describe your style in three words: Fearless. Authentic. Thoughtful.
What inspires you? I’m inspired by anything and everything around me: art, nature, architecture, activists… you name it.
Favorite thing in your wardrobe and why: A tulip ring from New Orleans-based designer, Mignon Faget that my mom gifted to me on my 16th birthday. Tulips have very special meaning between my mom, grandmother and me.
Who is your fashion icon? Tracee Ellis Ross! She pushes boundaries and allows her personal style to spark needed and uncomfortable conversations, most recently with her choice to have an African American designer be the focal point in every one of her looks while she hosted this year’s American Music Awards.
Why do you love vintage clothing? Ahhhhhh vintage gives me major life! It allows you to truly individualize your personal style and add an unexpected element that can never be duplicated. How can you not love everything about that?!
Describe your picture perfect Saturday: A workout at Class Studios, brunch with my guy at Tribal All Day Café and then hibernating at home.
Current playlist or radio station on repeat? Any and all old school R&B and hip hop!
Do you have a guilty pleasure? Vegging out in my pajamas all day!
If money was no object, what would you splurge on for yourself? Every last bit of Phoebe Philo’s Celine archives.
One thing that most people don’t know about you? As a kid I won a reading contest at my local library for reading over 200 books. What I wouldn’t give for a discipline that deep today.
Coffee or tea? Matcha latte with oat milk and lavender syrup
Last meal on earth? Sushi, French fries, Thai basil fried rice, doro wot and injera, fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookies, beignets from Café du Monde… I love food so much! I really could keep going.
Bedtime? 10 p.m. if it’s a great day, 11 p.m. if it’s a long one.
Wake up time? 5 a.m. on workout days, 6:30 a.m. if I’m giving myself the day off to sleep in.
Celebrity crush? Issa Rae
Dream dinner guest? My grandfathers. Both passed away before I was born.
Dream vacation? An African Safari
Shop Ashley’s Flea Style fashion picks now at shopfleastyle.com. Or, visit our store located at 3009 Commerce Street Dallas, TX 75226 in Deep Ellum Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Have a question? Give us a ring at 469-520-3222.