By Angela Blue
Two Southern designers, Lee Addison Lesley and Katherine Weeks Mulford, originally planned to start a business in web design, building websites for small boutiques. “We built a prototype of a jewelry website to show potential clients what we could do for them, but when we designed it, we actually started selling jewelry off of it,” Lesley laughs. “So we kind of changed our gear, and that was the inception of us as jewelry designers.”
The two created jewelry under the name Turq Jewelry for 10 years before deciding they’d rather pursue the design of jewelry but not the production. In 2012, the ladies combined their maiden names to launch their jewelry and home décor design business, Addison Weeks.
Lesley (based here in Virginia Beach) and Mulford (based in Charlotte, N.C.) collaborate with one another to design timeless works of art that is then produced in India. “We’re inspired by things that we both have seen in travel and where we live,” Lesley explains. “Kat has always made the comment that sometimes my colors are more ocean, sea, sand, and hers may be the more big city influence of Charlotte.”
Today, approximately 250 stores carry the Addison Weeks line, which has been lauded nationally in Southern Living, Traditional Home, House Beautiful, Garden & Gun and on Good Morning America, as well as being named one of Oprah’s Favorite Things of 2016.
Learn more at AddisonWeeks.com.