PASSION LED US HERE.
MRAY, pronounced muh-ray, IS An apparel and accessory LIFESTYLE BRAND DEDICATED TO INSPIRING ANd CULTIVATING CREATIVITY + SELF-EXPRESSION. OUR PRODUCTS FEATURE ORIGINAL DESIGNS WITH A DOSE OF POSITIVITY AND OCCASIONAL SARCASM. THE NAME MRAY IS DERIVED FROM THE "M" FROM MARISSA + "RAY" FROM SHELBY'S MIDDLE NAME, WRAY. MRAY IS CO-OWNED AND OPERATED BY CREATIVE DIRECTOR + STRATEGIST, MARISSA MONROE & OPERATIONS + DIGITAL GURU, SHELBY NEWSOME, BASED OUT OF NORTH CAROLINA. SOMETHING THAT STARTED AS JUST A IDEA (TWO YEARS IN THE MAKING) HAS TURNED INTO A BRAND - NOW A REALITY, WE STRIVE TO REMIND OTHERS AND OURSELVES, YOUR LIFE IS AND CAN BE WHATEVER YOU WANT IT TO BE. our mantra, short + sweet, live your life. HELLO + WELCOME TO MRAY.
marissa monroe, creative director | 90's babyyy. born in greensboro, RAISED IN KERNERSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA. at a young age, marissa showed interest in many forms of art with aspirations of a career in fashion. during her high school career, marissa took progressive sewing classes, continuing her education at North carolina state university graduating with a bachelor of science in fashion + textile management concentrating both on apparel development and brand management + marketing. there she participated and received honorable accolades for design, marketing + branding. after graduating, marissa worked as a technical designer for champion and c9, moving on to product development for adidas kids, and currently sourcing adidas + carhartt childrenswear. in january 2017, marissa's mother + best friend passed away + mray quickly became a creative and therapeutic outlet as the coping process began. having a design business was a dream of both marissa + her mother, marissa's passion and drive is dedicated to the life of her mother, hedda mariea. MARISSA'S LIFE MOTTO IS THAT ANYTHING YOUR MIND CAN BELIEVE + CONCEIVE, IT CAN ACHIEVE - GOING HAND IN HAND WITH HER FAVORITE QUOTE, "SHE BELIEVED SHE COULD, SO SHE DID.." REMINDING HERSELF ANd OTHERS, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.
shelby newsome, operations + digital guru | BORN IN EL PASO, TEXAS, SHELBY now calls KERNersville, north carolina her home. while attending the university of north carolina at pembroke, shelby found a passion for service + grew to believe that there is no better way to grow than in the service of others. after receiving her b.s. in communications, shelby served as an americorps vista in savannah, georgia. continuing her forever lifestyle as a change agent, shelby now works in greensboro, north carolina as a marketing + communications MANAGER With the strong belief in the limitless potential that is in each of us, shelby hopes mray ignites you to continue on your journey of being you + putting good into the world.
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