GET TO KNOW : AMI MURPHY + LIZ MACPHERSON

LIZ MACPHERSON

I love pretty things just as much as the next person but there is something so special and meaningful about the written word (on pretty paper).  I’m pretty grateful that I have been able to make a business out of it...especially with a badass business partner.  

Dear Elizabeth, Lizzie, Aunt Lizzie, Sweetie, Sunshine...the start to all of my best memories and letters.  I can still hear my mom say the words that she wrote so eloquently when I was growing up. I still find myself going back to re-read all of my letters, notes and memories.  Now, I hope to pass that along and remind all of my favorite people in my life what they mean to me with the perfect note so that maybe one day they can go back to that memory and smile.

I love texting just like the rest of us, but the joy + love I can spread by putting my pen to paper to create an authentic and real emotion - that's the good stuff.   Put good energy out in this universe and it will come right back to ya ten times over.  Then when you get that perfect love note...Instagram it :)! Get that favorite pen of yours, mine happens to be a le pen, and send someone a little happy.  

10  things you might not know about me

1. I grew up in Germany - and loved every second of it. I saw the world before I was in high school.

2. I had a double major at the College of Charleston - Anthropology & Sociology - don’t ask.

3. My first job out of college was at the Food Network

4. My shoe collection is the most organized part of my closet - my boyfriend would completely disagree.  

5. I might wear 5 inch heels on a Tuesday but I’m a tomboy at heart.

6. Every piece of jewelry I own has been passed down from the amazing women in my life.  I take a lot of pride in my bangle stack that I pick out every morning.  

7. I have a candy problem. I’m working on going cold turkey.

8. I have broken almost every bone in my body

9. No matter how hard the day is - Ami always can make me laugh. We consider ourselves basically a married couple that has been together for 50 years.  It’s a cherished friendship + business partnership.  It just works.  

10. My dad is my favorite person in the world.

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GET TO KNOW : AMI MURPHY + LIZ MACPHERSON

AMI MURPHY

I’m a pretty lucky girl to get to do what I love everyday.

When did you love for writing begin?

As it does for many girls, my love for writing started early in life with the sacred lock and key diary. The girlier the better. I wanted diaries covered in glitter and fake flowers with spray painted unicorns on them. And I still do although now I will settle for a beautiful rose gold leather.

That love matured into “correspondence” when I moved from California to Virginia for college. My grandmother, “Big Mama”, was the dearest person in my life and we wrote back and forth every week for those years I was away. My Big Mama’s letters were basically tell all soap operas of what every member of my extended family was [ or wasn’t ] doing and I think she always expected those notes to be for my eyes only. When she passed I was able to look back at those letters and feel so close to her through those ridiculous stories and memories.

What led you to the decision to open mac & murphy?

Fast forward to 2007 when grandmother’s are now texting their children and grandchildren and it actually makes me angry to think that when we pass, we leave very little behind. Opening mac & murphy wasn’t a decision I made one day. It was a concept of preservation and spreading love that grew within me and all of a sudden found a way to become a brick & mortar reality.

How does family play a role in your business?

When we opened mac & murphy in 2008 I was seven months pregnant. A lot of people couldn't understand why I would plan to do two incredibly huge things like that at the same time but for me that’s just the way it had to be. Individually, the timing of both events was perfect in my life and I just knew I had to make a way for everything to fit together. I now have three daughters and while my plate is very [ very! ] full, I am so happy to have the family I always wanted right next to the business I always dreamed of. I am a firm believer that you can not have everything at once so I don’t want to act like that is the case. There are times when I have had to make my family the priority and times when I needed to make the business my priority. Lucky for me, Liz Mac and my husband are both amazing humans and if I didn’t have their loving support helping everything stay afloat, things may not look as pretty as they do.

What are you favorite things to do + eat in Charleston?

My favorite thing to do is go to the beach and my favorite thing to eat is tacos [ and margaritas ]!

 

xo