What’s in a name?

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What's in a name? We asked ourselves this question and realized that it isn’t the name itself but the meaning behind the name that matters. We wanted to choose a name for Bly & Bell that evoked inspiration and action, a sense of wonder and adventure. We married our love for travel, the outdoors and urban escapes and drew inspiration from two gumptious women who challenged the standards of their time: Nellie Bly and Gertrude Bell.

So who are these incredible, almost mythical, women?

Nellie Bly: Elizabeth Cochran Seaman, known by her pen name Nellie Bly, was a pioneering journalist, writer, industrialist, inventor, and charity worker who was widely known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days, in emulation of Jules Verne's fictional character Phileas Fogg, and an exposé in which she faked insanity to study a mental institution from within. She was a pioneer in her field who launched a new kind of investigative journalism.

Gertrude Bell: Explorer and one of Oxford University's most brilliant students, was also the greatest woman mountaineer of her age - a diplomat, archaeologist, and activist. She is honored and well renowned for helping to delineate the borders of Iraq after World War I. Focus-minded and driven by a precise cause, she applied her energy, intellect, and funds to tackle problems of global magnitude. Gertrude's legacy and never-bending will evokes strong parallels to the present, from world powers vying to determine the fate of the Middle East to women's struggles to be taken seriously by male colleagues. Nicole Kidman played her in the biopic "Queen of the Desert."

With our name, BLY & BELL, serving as a constant reminder of these adventurous high-achieving women, we will bring you the best possible experience and hope to provide inspiration through our journal, our curated products, our mission-driven projects and our community.

Before you go, think about who inspires you? What names resonate with you? What do you want to accomplish today?

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