Pop artist Ashley Longshore is teaming up with department store Bergdorf Goodman in an exciting way. The Louisiana-based creator is designing pieces for the retailer’s 5th Avenue store windows in New York City this month, and is giving fans a whole new way to interact with her portraits.
“There is only one store in the United States that defines luxury and the pinnacle of a true shopping experience and that is Bergdorf Goodman. It is the top of Mount Everest,” Ashley shared in an interview with the retailer. “I think the level of customer service and the incredible collection of clothing; all the way down to the perfume and jewelry, is unparalleled. Isn’t it anyone’s dream to be associated with Bergdorf Goodman? That’s why I chose to reference Bergdorf’s in so many of my paintings. It makes a true statement. It is the top of the top.”
“The collectors that I have had for the last 20 years are fashionable, fun, and well traveled,” the artist continued. “They love great food, they love to get around and see what’s hot and new, and they also love a quality experience. For me, customer service is so important and that is why I don’t work with galleries. I love to take care of people who are buying my artwork. I knew that working with Bergdorf Goodman meant people who were interested in my artwork would absolutely have the best experience out there to receive!”
So where does the artist find her inspiration?
“My aesthetic is not pretentious. It is bold, unapologetic, colorful, celebratory, sparkly, humorous and it is not to be ignored. Some of it deals with status and being a woman in society. So, although it may be poking humor at something, it’s also very real to my experience,” Ashley shared. “I draw inspiration from my travels and my day to day existence as a woman. There’s so much beauty and information flying around us constantly. It’s hard for me not to be inspired all the time! Honestly, inspiration has never been my problem. There is an infinite amount of things that I can paint as my journey as a woman continues.”