Ashleigh Bergman
Founder, Milestones by Ashleigh Bergman

Why did you start Milestones by Ashleigh Bergman?

I had made the venture into the corporate side of the retail fashion business (as the Senior Jewelry Buyer for Anthropologie) after being a buyer in the high end boutique fashion world (for Fred Segal for 15 plus years).

After I started my family, I really craved getting back in touch with the shoppers directly. I found it way more exciting to source beautiful jewelry and find one person or a select group of people who absolutely fell in love with it, versus buying huge quantities for 200 stores and just seeing how the numbers reacted. I am so passionate about product, accessories, and most of all jewelry, and I just revelled in seeing pieces I fell in love with on people who appreciated them as much as I did.

As for standing out, there are quite a few people who have jewelry concierge business models similar to mine. I truly believe there is enough business out there for all of us. It really just depends on who the client is drawn to. We all have different point of views, different style, and different personalities. It is all about who vibes with your energy.

What does the ideal Mother’s Day look like to you?

I have a large extended family that is really close, We usually have a beautiful brunch and spend the day joking, laughing and sharing wonderful food and wine. There is nothing better than that for me!

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

As for jewelry specifically, I am constantly inspired by the designers, artisans and craftspeople I work with, many of which I have worked with for 18 plus years. Let’s face it, most everything has been done before. But I am so inspired by the way people reimagine what has already been done. That’s what still gets me fired up about jewelry. My instincts about jewelry are instant and strong, and I and I always trust my gut.

What’s something you love to do with your kids?

Greyson Dean 3 1/2 and Ruby Simone 7 months. We are actually really homebodies. I love eating breakfast as a family (my hubby makes the best pancakes) and running around the house in our PJ’s all day. There is a lot of laughter in my home, and that is pure joy to me.

When I get a little time to myself, you can usually find me...?

Getting my nails done! It is non negotiable self care that I make sure to do religiously.

What are 3 things you always have in your handbag?

Like most of us, my phone. I am constantly snapping pics of jewelry and of course pics of my kiddos.

My pump, still nursing and pumping round the clock! I probably shouldn’t admit it but, lots of pumping and driving!

And it isn’t in my bag, but I never leave home without jewelry on. Even when I am in my sweats with no makeup, a little sparkle always puts me in a good mood.

What your favorite Mia Tango item right now? Why?

I love the Ripe Goddess Maxi. I would totally rock that pregnant or not! What a great vacation dress with some strappy heels, sparkly hoop earrings and and arm full of bangles!