“Working with your best friend is easy. It's easy to be honest with each other and have fun-- it makes it seem like it’s not really work.”
Ash + Chess, is a love story that began on the internet, much like my own. I have been fascinated by and happy to share the love (stationery) story that is Ash + Chess.
They made a card that says “I’m glad we met on the internet”. And now they are the world’s leading lesbian power couple. Some may even say they are the next Ellen & Portia....maybe. ;)
They have a full house - with a cat and a dog and a baby stationery company. Together they create artwork for greeting cards, art prints, and more. They debuted their company at NSS in 2017 and will be exhibiting for their third year, and first year as domestic partners at the 2019 show. They love each other!
What led them to start a company together? Trust behind Ash’s vision and Chess wanting to support her. Ash came from a textile design background while Chess still works full time as a high school teacher in Queens, and now part-time small business owner. What they like about working together? Working with your best friend is easy. It's easy to be honest with each other and have fun-- it makes it seem like it’s not really work. A lot of their bestselling cards are just silly phrases they bounce off of each other, like their "I Love You In A Gay Way" card or "Pretty Much My Fave" card.