It is indeed a beautiful world -- which for those of you without high school French that is what bellemonde means. It is also the name of one of our best friends' house built in the 20s here in Atlanta. Bellemonde started as a home show business and then we hit the road as a traveling retailer going from charity show to charity show all over the country! I called ourselves the high-end carny people!
The business morphed to a wholesale biz after several trips back to Asia and when Stella's other company, Fine Whines, was born. Having been retailers we have walked in your shoes and are sympathetic to the retail woes. We dont want you ever whining about us!
Under the Bellemonde brand we have 'A Beaucoup of Beautiful Things' including our luggage as well as Noble Initials. Bellemonde allows Stella to design and create any product that she thinks is worthy and that you may like!
Whispers our new line of exquisite ribbon necklaces and scarves has taken the world by storm. We have been shouting about them since September 2013 and have sold over 30,000 and growing. Made in Greensboro Alabama, we have teamed up with a local non-profit to help women in the Black Belt region of Alabama. We are changing lives one ribbon necklace at a time!
Now Truly About Us...
Tom and I now live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Tom grew up in Atlanta and Stella grew up in Tuscaloosa. The Westminster Schools, University of Virginia, Navy/Vietnam, Emory MBA, CPA, are key milestones in Tom's life before Stella (BS). Sweet Briar College, University of Alabama, Kappa Kappa Gamma and Real Estate describe Stella before Tom.
We met, married and moved to Hong Kong in the early 80s. That move changed our lives forever -- we definitely have a far eastern slant on life! While in Hong Kong, Tom was a tax accountant for Arthur Young & Co., our first son was born, and soon thereafter Stella started Temptations Asia Limited, a shopping service. Stella honed her shopping skills while taking other people shopping by chauffeur-driven limousine. Life is grand when you can ride around in the back of a limo, drink wine, spend other peoples money and call it work!
We moved back to the States and Tom became a CFO for a variety of companies. Stella had found her true passion while in Hong Kong - buying and selling! Bellemonde was born in 2001 when Tom had had enough of managing other peoples businesses and decided he needed to manage Stella! Our Hong Kong born child, Everett and his wife Laura live in Atlanta and he works for SunTrust Bank. We are the proud grandparents to 4 of the cutest children on the planet.
Our other son, George lives in Jackson Hole WY and loves life either on his mountain bike or snowboard. Both help us from time to time when we can capture them!