Name: Ashley Burghardt
Occupation: Handbag Designer
Why She’s a Semifinalist:
This curly-haired beauty is the owner, designer, sales rep, and marketing team behind her own handbag line, Ashard Richley. “I love it. It’s fun to be able to create something and take it to market. And people really like it and go crazy over it.” Her dream is to see one of her creations in Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar, but for now she’s got plenty to keep her busy. She’s freshly married to the guy she met during her first (and last) blind date at Victor Tango’s. (It’s been their favorite restaurant ever since.) The newlyweds enjoy cooking together, challenging themselves to use the strangest ingredients that they can find in the market.
Fun Fact: She loves fondue. She registered for (and got) three fondue sets as wedding gifts. She uses all three on a regular basis.