Ashley Merrill began thinking about her innovative sleepwear company, Lunya, when she and her husband moved in together more than 13 years ago.
“I used to wear his old fraternity shirts around the apartment a lot. They were baggy and comfortable, but they never made me feel very sexy or empowered,” she said.
It wasn’t until years later when she enrolled in business school at UCLA — and she and her husband discovered that she was pregnant with their first child — that Lunya became a reality.
“In hindsight, I can confirm that starting a business at the same time you are in business school and having a kid is a bad time to do it,” Merrill said with a laugh. “But it was what changed my entire perspective.”