Our Story



About Us:

Violet Summer® is an urban literary publication and lifestyle brand. It was established in 2015 by Melissa Henderson. The company's mission is to promote and collaborate with creators around the globe and to support socially-aware readers. Join the community to unlock off-the-beat-and-path travel guides, essays, career insights, and technology updates. 

Our Goals:

Create a destination for people to help build & maintain their self-care rituals. A site that sources and creates meaningful products, life's essentials made with you in mind. 


About The Founder: 

Hi! 👋 I'm Melissa! I'm a writer from Philadelphia, with deep roots in Cape May, New Jersey. Every summer, I'd spend a few weeks down the shore with my family. It was my paradise from the gritty city streets. As I got older and deep into my career goals,  I started to think about my Why in life and what birthed this passion for storytelling. After working in media and marketing for several years, I found a void of authentic storytelling featuring up & coming artists, writers and creators from around the globe. Through my travels, I'd connect with other writers who had such powerful stories about their lives. In my own work, I'd often feel boxed out of what mainstream wanted to read and buy. So in 2015, I created Violet Summer Zine, an urban literary magazine and the rest is history. Violet Summer shop is an extension of the publication. It's about creating a home. A sanctuary. These products are inspired by storytelling and are meaningful in every sense. 💜 

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Violet Summer Magazine & Lifestyle Brand

42 Broadway, Suite 12-258

New York, NY 10004