District Boss Interview: Lindsey Perry + Melody Parry Jones
Meet Lindsey Parry + Melody Parry Jones, Sisters and Co-Founders of Luna Blu Mar
Meet Lindsey and Melody, co-founders of Luna Blu Mar. With an eye for beauty and a heart for helping women, these two sisters founded Luna Blue Mar as a social enterprise dedicated to helping young women achieve an education. With Lindsey’s extensive background in manufacturing and wholesale, sourcing, and textiles plus Melody’s passion for USA made products, small businesses, and babies these women had everything they needed to succeed. Starting with the cutest and most unique baby bibs and expanding to so much more, these sisters are thriving and we want to know how they do it!
We love the message behind Lindsey and Melody’s brand and we're so happy to share a little bit about them with you!
1// Tell us about your company!
Luna Blu Mar is a sister-owned business operating out of Arlington, VA. We started the company in August 2016 when we had a vision of merging style and substance to create American-Made goods. Luna Blu Mar creates premium, high-quality goods for women, kids, and babies with a great aesthetic and price point. Our core values are woven throughout the brand, and you’ll find our products are a reflection of the things that mean the most to us: faith, family, kindness, and love of country.
2// What lead you to where you are today?
We dreamed up the initial idea when Melody’s daughter was born. We searched for a bib that was functional without sacrificing fashion. When we couldn’t find what we were looking for, we decided to make our own. The Luna Blu Mar bib is an extension of your babies clothing, not a boring add-on.
Since then, we have expanded the line to include Tees, Tote Bags, and Bows. Our items have positive messaging that we hope evokes a feeling inside of everyone – to be KIND and share that kindness with the world.
A portion of all profits goes to providing educational opportunities for girls in the United States and around the world, distributed by our educational non-profit, Sowing Seeds of Love.
3// What brings you the most joy when developing your company?
We feel the most joy when we use our God-Given passion for the greater good: that can look like empowering women and girls or creating a product that evokes kindness in people.
4// What’s the most difficult part of being an entrepreneur? The best part?
As an entrepreneur, you feel all of the feels – every good thing that happens, and the really hard things. It’s easy to feel depleted when you’re working around the clock to grow your business or launch a new product, but it’s so rewarding to see our products in the market and hear positive feedback about our items. The great thing about having a business-partner and sister is that we can remind each other of our “why” and encourage each other along the way.
5// How do you stay motivated and continue to grow, personally and professionally?
We love being part of the community, whether we’re hosting a pop-up shop, attending a trade show, collaborating with other business owners, or meeting a friend for lunch. It’s important to have accountability partners and talk-through the highs and lows of owning a business. We love celebrating the “wins” by friends/small-business owners, and find that their success motivates us to keep going.
6// What’s your nighttime routine?
Lindsey: If I’m not working, I love to make a cup of chamomile tea and read a good book (If I’m not in the reading mood, I indulge in an episode of Million Dollar Listing LA)
Melody: I have three young kids and a husband that travels. Let’s just say my nighttime routine is anything but relaxing (and usually includes wine, ha!).
7// What’s one piece of advice you would give to other entrepreneurs?
Lindsey: 1. Your dreams are valid! If you are passionate about something take baby steps in making it a reality
2. It will be difficult, you will feel discouraged, overwhelmed but going back to your purpose and remember your WHY. Why are you doing what you are doing. When you are motivated by a dream with deep meaning you will persevere and feel recharged
3. Make time for yourself. Disconnect on a weekly basis, make sure you have a day of rest.
Melody: If you have a dream, chase after it with all of your being. Most people aren’t living their dreams – and those who have given up on their dreams will try to get you to abandon yours. Yes, there will be road blocks, and bumps, and dead-ends, and detours. Those will happen just because. But your dream is valid, and real, and it’s worth going after.
8// What inspired you specifically to focus on empowering women?
We believe Women Hold Up Half the Sky. We continue to be inspired by this famous Chinese proverb. It’s a core part of who we are and what we believe for Luna Blu Mar. When women are supported, encouraged, and educated, they can (and will!) do incredible things. We are thankful to walk alongside so many amazing women + girls.
We are proud to be a company that gives-back. A portion of all profits goes toward providing educational opportunities to girls in the United States and developing countries. By partnering with our educational non-profit, Sowing Seeds of Love, Luna Blu Mar has provided educational scholarships to over 100 indigenous girls in the Republic of Panama.
We truly believe that the future is female. When you educate and empower a girl, a nation is changed.