Ashley Stewart is a retail chain of plus size women's clothing in the United States. Founded in the year 1991, the Ashley Stewart name was inspired by both Martha Steward and Laura Ashley, who the founders believed to be the main icons of American fashion. Based in Secaucus, New Jersey, this company has nearly 89 stores that are located in 22 states. They sell a number of different kinds of dresses, jeans, shoes and tops. The Ashley Stewart locations were founded in the year 1991 in New York City, New York and have since expanded.