Express Yourself. Ashley Longshore is a force. Her bold, in-your-face art is a true reflection of her personality. Story + Rain Founder Tamara first Ashley years ago in Paris, and quickly became acquainted with her zest for life and love of fashion. The New York Times has since called her "fashion’s latest darling", and for good reason. She once was the official artist for New York Fashion Week, had a challenge built around her signature prints on Project Runway, had a restaurant built around her art at Bergdorf Goodman, and she’s collaborated with a number of of-the-moment brands and designers from Dennis Basso to Judith Leiber to Lingua Franca, Sprinkles cupcakes and more, and perhaps most notably, Diane Von Furstenberg---with her vast collection pieces depicting iconic women who have changed the course of history. Ashley is outspoken on Instagram and is known for the signature, strong language in her messaging. Combining fashion and pop art, she’s something of a young, feminist Andy Warhol. On this podcast Ashley talks about feeling misunderstood, being an observer, how her ideas take shape, what she wears and how she sets her scene for creating art, the details behind her projects and collabs, the color scheme she starts and ends her day with, what kinds of things are capturing her eye these days--- and so much more, including a long list of her favorite things from restaurants to dresses, hotels to lipstick.
"When you don't have any money, but you realize that you do have some talent, you don't have any room to not be confident, you don't have any room for fear or any of that bullshit, you just go after it." - Ashley Longshore
"Inspiration is like trying to guess where lightning will strike. But the thing about it is, if I'm outside and I'm looking for it and I'm aware of what's around me, then I will see the lightning, I'll hear the fucking thunder. The rain will touch my cheeks. You have to be open to it and looking for it. I'm not just an artist, I'm a huntress." - Ashley Longshore