Designer – Ashli Reese

Six very diverse designers have been chosen for this year’s Designers-in-Residence (DIR) at the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy’s Center City. Visit their individual profile pages to learn more about them and their work.

Amanda StearnsPapa Owusu & Victor RichardsonConrad BookerIvy Aristy

Ashli Reese

Ashli Reese


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Designer Bio
Ashli Reese began her career studying fashion design at Rosemont College where she received her BFA in Fashion Design but she didn’t stop there; she continued her studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia. The summer before graduating from Drexel University with a Master’s of Science in fashion design, Ashli had the opportunity to work for LoBo Mau with Designer Nicole Haddad. The invaluable experience gained from working within the design house inspired Ashli Reese to fulfill her lifelong dream and launch her eponymous line, Mars & Venus clothing.

Ashli Reese believes in the importance of community involvement, inspiring others and giving back. When she is not designing, she participates every year in the Lupus Walk with the Philadelphia chapter. She builds her relationships through networking events while she continues to provide guidance in helping other young, aspiring fashion designers realize their dreams.

About the Brand
The MARSANDVENUS line is inspired by shape, vision, fabric, texture and colors. Every design focuses on combining the chemistry attraction between men and women. The technical knowledge of a garment’s proper fit and design, combined with Reese’s innate creative abilities, results in an effortless and wearable line that reflects the kind of woman she considers herself to be: strong, sexy, fun, and fearless with the transferable chemistry to a man’s dominating, handsome, powerful and lead role.