ABOUT

Our Story

Active Accessories is an online retail company specializing in products that aid an active lifestyle. The company was founded in fall of 2012 by Karen Welby who was looking for a solution to a problem that had been frustrating her for years. Most days after work she would head to the gym where she would change from her work clothes to her gym clothes. She would put her necklaces and earrings in the side pocket of her gym bag or in her purse and they would inevitably get lost or tangled. After much frustration, she searched online for a small bag to solve this problem, but was unable to find a product that fit her needs. Finally, she decided to design something for herself, only to find that friends, family and strangers all shared similar experiences and were also interested in such a product. It seemed everyone had a use for this type of product! She started producing more to sell, and eventually started creating different colors and patterns. Karen has always had a love for fitness, especially running, and a professional background in business and marketing so it seemed natural to combine the two, and thus Active Accessories was born.

Our Mission

Active Accessories strives to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. Through our blog and social media outlets, we hope to provide our customers, followers, fans and friends with tips and ideas for health and well being. We aim to deliver innovative, high quality products that enable and inspire people to get fit and stay active!

Meet the Team

Karen, (CHHC | AADP), is the owner of Active Accessories. Karen graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Marketing.  Outside of the classroom, she captained their Division 1 Track & Field team and set the school record in the 800-meter race her senior year. Karen is an entrepreneur with a passion for health/fitness and also is a Certified Holistic Health Coach (from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition), Running Coach, Personal Trainer and FitFluential Ambassador. She has been running competitively for over 15 years and loves competing in local races – anything from 1 miles through half marathons. You can find her on Twitter, @Coach_KarenW sharing her latest healthy meals, runs or exercise tips.
Favorite exercise: Running, of course.
Favorite race distance: 400 Meters… I still love sprinting!

 

Jenna, M.S., graduated from Union College with a B.S. in Chemistry and went on to the University of Michigan to receive her Masters in Analytical Chemistry. She is a Chemist turned entrepreneur and helps out with all aspects of the business.
Favorite exercise: Playing basketball and bike riding.
Favorite food: Chips and salsa

 

 

EddiePicEddie the Intern is a jack of all trades! He is a Bucknell University graduate who has just returned from teaching English in Milan, Italy for a post-grad year. While looking for a job “stateside”, he continues to aid us in account management, particularly via social media and blogging. Ciao!
Favorite exercise: Push ups
Favorite athlete of all time: Michael Jordon