At Smash + Tess we empower women to live big lives with ease and confidence!
Smash + Tess was founded by a mother-daughter-bestie trio, who, like you, are pursuing big dreams while managing full-on family lives and everything in between. Every body, in every chapter of life, should feel comfy and cute and this is a place where everyone is welcome and celebrated.
WHAT WE CARE ABOUT:
♥ Slowing down the fashion cycle
♥ Making everything from authentically happy, healthy origins
♥ Being based in the same area codes as the expert seamsters who craft our collections
♥ Shaping a new future for fashion and taking our #SmashTessFam along for the whole ride!
FOUNDER / PRINCIPAL / CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
ASHLEY FREEBORN (SMASH)
Ashley is a loving wife and a mama to her daughters Francesca aka “Frankie” and Stella. After a decade in education and a leap to corporate training and culture in the finance sector, Ashley felt a pull towards a fun and fresh creative outlet. Following a summer fashion program at Conde Nast in London, UK, Smash + Tess entered the world! Ever since, Ashely has enjoyed every moment: designing, finance, coming up with fun and creative marketing campaigns, and all the bits in between. Smash + Tess has allowed Ashley to channel her innovative side and celebrate women – and better yet, spend extra time with her best friend and mom.
Ash's S+T Fave:
“Our Romperalls! They are my go-to when I want to feel comfy but still want that cool street style vibe. I love the layering capabilities and usually depend on our crop base layers to give it that extra cute factor!”
- Ashley Freeborn
MERCEDES LAPORTE (+)
As a dedicated wife and mother to three amazing boys, not to mention an accomplished retail professional, Mercedes is a full time ‘Jill of all trades.’ She joined the Smash + Tess team as a way to step back into the industry after starting a family and hasn’t looked back! From creative directing photo shoots to sourcing fabric and managing production, Mercedes is a bona fide retail and merchandising powerhouse and can’t wait to see where this adventure takes her next.
Mer's S+T Fave:
The Tuesday Wide Leg Romper II
“I love a good wide leg, so the Tuesday Wide Leg Romper ll is my fave! I love how comfortable it is and that I can throw on a wedge and feel dressed up and elevated.”
- Mercedes Laporte
FOUNDER / PRINCIPAL
TERESA FREEBORN (TESS)
Working in the financial services industry for all of her career, Teresa has always believed in people helping people. Raised in Tsawwassen, British Columbia with three sisters, Teresa’s love of sleepwear started early in life. Pajama parties were commonplace at home, but Teresa was always frustrated that she couldn’t find any pajamas that were elegant yet playful. After her daughter Ashley attended fashion school in 2014, the duo decided to take the plunge with Smash + Tess. Teresa has lived in sunny Los Angeles for 20 years and enjoys downtime with her husband, puppy, family and friends.
TESS' S+T FAVE:
THE SUNDAY ROMPER
“I have always been obsessed with the simplicity and ease of the Sunday Romper. I honestly believe that everyone should have this staple in their wardrobe – and in Midnight Black, because *trust me* it will be your go-to.”
- Teresa Freeborn