Identical twin sisters Agnes and Velma were born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. They attended Fort Worth Country Day School from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Agnes went on to study at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Phoenix, work on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and marry an officer in the United States Navy, therefore beginning a life of constant relocation (so far they have lived in Washington DC, Virginia Beach, St. Louis, Jacksonville, Norfolk, and now – Naples, Italy. Her husband now serves as an attorney in the JAG Corps. Agnes has two children, Jack and Jane Anne. Velma also studied at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as the Paris Fashion Institute in Paris, France. She worked across the hall from Agnes on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Velma married a former United States Marine who now serves as the president for a company based in Southern California. She has one son, Clay.
In 2005, Velma began a home based embroidery business offering beautiful, hard to find monograms to others who appreciated the art of embroidery. In 2012, Social Monograms expanded upon that and now offers even more personalized items as well as more ways to shop. In this day and age of social media, Social Monograms is proud to be found in a number of popular platforms. Shop Social Monograms on the web, Pinterest, and Facebook.
Oh, and no! Agnes and Velma aren’t their real names, they are their aunt names! While they were both pregnant – at the same time – with their firstborns, one twin said she wanted a really cute aunt name. The other twin’s husband suggested Velma…she said if she was Velma, then her sister would be Agnes. And more than 10 years later, they are still Agnes and Velma! Most of the world knows them as Ashley Newell Bartlett and Valerie Newell Riener.