Q&A With jamey gresham & margaret boyce, founders of J. Lowery

Tell us about yourself. Where are you from and where do you live now?

Jamey and Margaret are childhood friends and grew up together in MS, childhood friends born two days apart. They even attended the same college and pledged the same sorority. The two lifelong friends remain close to their Southern roots with Jamey and her family in Memphis, TN and Margaret and her family in Birmingham, AL. The founders travel back and forth between Birmingham and Memphis for J. LOWERY and as their business grows, so do their families and their friendship.

What did you do before starting J. Lowery?

Jamey and Margaret both worked in completely different fields. Jamey was the Marketing Director for an event design company and Margaret was working as Creative Manager for a media consulting company. While they weren’t working specifically in design, both founders were in roles that inspired their creative license and artistic freedom.

Describe your brand. When did you launch? Where are you based? Why did you start it?

J. LOWERY launched in the fall of 2019 and is dually based in Memphis and Birmingham, but, we like to say we are a Southern-based brand. When we came together to talk about what kind of brand we’d want to create, we knew we wanted to do something in fashion and personal style as it is a passion of ours. When we took a closer look at the current handbag market, we saw that is was missing a luxury bag that was timeless but made for the modern woman. The refined styles of our collections make them perfect for everyday wear, whether you’re going from day to night, traveling, or running errands around town. J. LOWERY collections are made by women for women and our refined styles meet classic but modern tones, textures, and structures, making J. LOWERY bags a season to season staple for every closet. Our goal is to make handbags that are not only fashionable and functional but that can be worn from one season to the next and still maintain a certain trend-like focus while standing the test of time.

Congratulations on launching your latest collection! What was your inspiration?

Our Fall/Winter 2021 collection is all about bringing back essential handbags. This season’s collection brings warm, rich neutrals to the forefront and our timeless leathers are meant to stand out, while beautifully withstanding years of wear. We want all of our collections to compliment a wearer’s outfit by maintaining an understated but distinctive look. Every new collection we approach, the first question we ask ourselves is, “Would we wear this?” While we are the designers, we are also the customer, which allows us to make better decisions for our current and future clientele. If we don’t want to carry our own bags, then why would anyone else? We are so excited about this collection and hope everyone loves it as much as we do! So hard to pick favorites because we feel like all our new textures transition so well and are highly interchangeable during this season! Margaret has been living in the MAX in Merlot Croc. As a brand new mom she has been carrying more than her usual essentials, very happily :). Jamey has loved carrying the new EMILY ostrich feather bag in Black. The statement it creates undeniable and we love how this bag in particular tells the world so much about your style & personality without you having to say anything at all. It's the perfect way to add layering and texture in the cooler months plus it's a-lot of fun to carry and chat about when you are out on the town! 

You can shop all of J. Lowery on Modatrova here.

Below are Jamey & Margaret's Modatrova favorites.