Monday, April 21, 2014

Vintage dress for sale!

Spring has sprung in Brooklyn (despite a bit of snow last week) and I'm selling a pretty vintage dress I collected over the winter. It's yours, buy it here

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Kickstarter Backer Spotlight: Duplex Collective

Lindsay and Jessica, the founders of Duplex Collective, are two of the most supportive and open-minded women I've met yet. They are a dynamic duo who run an art, design, and technology minded collective and gallery space in Portland, Oregon. The art gallery hosts monthly exhibitions of quality work in an intimate setting from local and national emerging artists. The blog is a collection of interviews, essays, personal reflections and photos. They took an early interest in my lingerie collection and visited my studio in Portland twice. Check out their interview and studio visit with me last year. Thanks, gals! 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Kickstarter Backer Spotlight: Taylor Hanigosky

Taylor Hanigosky is an analogue photographer living in Ohio. She's in the beginning stages of promoting herself as an artist on the web. Here's what she has to say about her craft: "For me, my photography has always been about capturing an honest essence of the human condition. I want to show what the world looks like when we aren't necessarily paying attention. I shoot on film because of its permanence. It's about the feel of the camera in my hands, winding to the next frame, hearing the click. There is something about film that makes me slow down and think about what I am photographing. I try to reflect this simplicity in my art. The scope of my work is mainly directed at street or candid photography, but I also strive to portray emotions that viewers can relate to and interpret based off their own personal experiences." 

Taylor sells prints of her photos in various sizes, as well as stationary notecards. Shop here and make sure to visit her on Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr. Thanks for supporting the RR Lingerie Kickstarter, Taylor!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Kickstarter Backer Spotlight: Portland Fashion Week

I owe many thanks to Portland Fashion Week. Not only did they kindly sponsor the Kickstarter campaign, these folks believed in me before anyone else had heard of my designs. Let me tell you the heartwarming little story...

Last May, a friend casually suggested I apply to Portland Fashion Week's "Emerging Designer Contest." Winners would be given the opportunity to show a capsule collection during the opening night of Portland Fashion Week in September 2013. Though I didn't think I was an established enough designer to win the contest, I felt it was important to try. The process of creating a compelling portfolio to present to a panel of judges would be a prize in its own. So, I did it. I applied, and then I forgot about it. I'd done what I'd set out to do--just trying felt like an accomplishment. Then, five weeks later, I received an email rejecting my application---but not to Portland Fashion Week. Actually, I was declined an interview for the position of project coordinator at Stumptown. I was bummed for a few moments (although I also felt simply applying for that job was an accomplishment), but what happened next was a huge surprise. I logged into Facebook, and saw a notification from Portland Fashion Week announcing Rachel Rector as a winner in the Emerging Designer Contest.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I couldn't believe my good fortune. I felt motivated, validated, and happy. My friends will tell you I spent every possible moment during the following two months at my studio. I was on a mission to design, pattern, and sew ten fashion week worthy pieces to introduce the Rachel Rector lingerie line. I worked around the clock to bring the RR lingerie vision to Portland Fashion Week, and I couldn't be more proud of the collaboration. Thank you, Portland Fashion Week, for your continued support (I'm lookin' at you Jessica, Megan, Daniel, and Ms. Sue Bonde.)

The next Portland Fashion Week takes place April 25-27 and will highlight some amazing talent from across the Northwest. Be sure to follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and watch videos of past PFW runway shows.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Life in Lingerie

Lille Boutique invited me to share my experiences launching a lingerie brand on their blog, Life in Lingerie. Check out my first post for photos of my most recent visit to the factory!

Me, now a blonde, en route to the factory. Photo by Nico Mazza.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

As Art

David painting a 6-foot ode to best friendship at his Buchwick studio 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Kickstarter Backer Spotlight: HANSDOTTER

Today I'm featuring Siri Hanson, a sweet friend of mine who lives in a lovely little cabin in California and is engaged to one of my brother's best friends. Not only is Siri basically family, she is a very talented jewelry designer and artist, too. Her jewelry line HANSDOTTER features handcrafted one-of-a-kind and limited edition designs inspired by earth, adventure, the 1920's and "YES!" (I love that! I think we probably all need more YES! in our lives). Siri puts her whole heart into her work and truly invigorates each piece with her personality and artistic eye. Be sure to check out her shop, Facebook, and Instagram. Thanks so much, Siri!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Return to Dead Horse Bay

Monday, March 31, 2014

Around Brooklyn

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Kickstarter Backer Spotlight: Laces of Lore

One of the coolest aspects of doing a Kickstarter campaign was connecting with supporters. Many generous friends, friends of friends, family and strangers contributed to our fundraising efforts. Today's "Kickstarter Backer Spotlight" features my Aunt Jackie's handmade line of wearable art, Laces of Lore, which is a collaboration between Jackie, a fused glass artist, and Holly, a glass bead sculptor. Laces of Lore is a line of luxurious Alpaca fiber dyed in a rainbow of colors, decorated with glass beads, and worn in a multitude of ways. Think belts, necklaces, bolo ties--anything goes.  Check out Laces of Lore's website to see what they're doing with these precious fibers. You may also check out her side project BoHo Girl Designs. Thanks, Jackie! 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Unmentionable on 35mm Film

My good friend (and PDX roommate) Cintamani Calise got her start as a music photographer in London and has been shooting for more than 15 years. I was fasinated by her photos of Karen O, so I asked Cintamani to take artistic, rock-n-roll inspired photos at my show this past February at the Doug fir. Thanks, Cin! 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Kickstarter Backer Spotlight: Jim Wurster

I think it's pretty damn cool that one of my backers is musician Jim Wurster; not only is he a South Florida music staple -- he was married to my mom for many of the most formative years of my adolescence. I distinctly remember Jim practicing his craft every day, tuning his voice to its unique blend of moodiness, americana twang, and stone smooth gruff. Jim has released 13 independent albums, including a collaboration with Hired Hand, a western americana project with my brother, SkyRider. Thank you Jim for supporting the RR collection! Make sure to listen to Jim's newest album, RAW. Or follow him on FB.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Kickstarter Backer Spotlight: Votre Grande Soeur

Votre Grande Soeur is a fashion and lifestyle blog written by Portland gal, Allison Burt-Tilden. She spotlights and supports independent designers and makers with a focus on Portland fashion. I love checking out her blog for interviews with young designers (she did features on yours truly and my BK based lingerie friend Quinne of She and Reverie). Her curated fashion and inspiration posts even make me miss rainy ol' Portland...

Here's an excerpt from my interview with Votre Grande Soeur. 
VGS: At what point did you know that you wanted to design lingerie?
RR: As a teenager I liked mainstream lingerie, but I didn’t know there were independent lingerie designers until I moved to Portland. My boyfriend at the time bought me a set from Lille Boutique, and it made me feel so special that he took the time to select something we would both love. He had such a great experience at Lille, and Courtney, the manager, invited the two of us to a fashion show they were hosting for a small NY based label, Unforeseen Circumstances. The fashion show was so exciting to me because while Lille is a very polished and sophisticated shop, it still felt very DIY. The designer of UC, Teo Griscom, was a young woman like me. She was so down to earth and open to discussing her process. I knew then that I wanted to design lingerie that could hang on the walls at Lille, so I persuaded Sarah (Lille’s owner) to hire me. I just wanted to be around beautiful things! I got an incredible education working there. It helped me develop my taste in lingerie and I met so many inspiring designers and independent business women along the way.

VGS: You only began sewing a few years ago, is it something you felt was easy to pick up? Are there still areas you struggle with? Sewing lingerie in particular sounds so intimidating to me! 
RR: Sewing lingerie is really tough! The fabric is so delicate and stretchy, and it all comes down to using proper tension and really controlling the fabric as it moves through the machine. I like sewing lingerie because from start to finish a project only takes a few hours. It’s really satisfying to complete a project so quickly, whereas dresses can take so much longer…honestly, I usually don’t get around to finishing them. I was really lucky to intern with Tani Thompson, a swimwear designer I met in Portland. She taught me her entire process and encouraged me to start my own line, but I still have a lot to learn! 

VGS: You recently moved from Portland to Brooklyn, what precipitated the move?
RR: After four really wonderful years in Portland, I had an opportunity to move in with some of my best friends in Brooklyn. I felt like I had it too easy in Portland, like the only thing left to do there was to settle down in a cute little house with my cat, but I wanted to uproot instead. I decided to move here just a few months before I left, so I saved a little money and booked a one way ticket outta town. I like to shake things up!

Thanks for being a supporter of the RR Lingerie collection, Allison! Make sure to like her Facebook page, too. Photos via Votre Grande Soeur.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Girl Crushes

A big shout out to the gals behind Got a Girl Crush Magazine for their support during my fundraising period. These two friends (one lives in Brooklyn, the other in San Francisco) are also in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to release a third issue of their dope magazine that profiles creative ladies and their projects. Got a Girl Crush celebrates the accomplishments of young independent women that you just know you wanna be friends with! Good luck, girls!

Monday, March 3, 2014

More Kickstarter rewards: Nico Mazza prints, buttons, mix cassettes, sewing patterns!

$75 Reward: Choose from three beautiful prints by embroidery artist Nico Mazza. Yes, the same Nico from our Kickstarter video! View all the print options here
$25 Reward: This gets you a sewing pattern and instructions to make your very own bikini! OR $90 Reward: You get the sewing pattern plus enough fabric & trim to make it!
$15 Reward: Rachel makes you a mix cassette tape! OR $10 Reward: Receive RR Lingerie buttons & a download of Julia McGuire Hold On, We're Going Home (Drake cover, recorded for the RR Lingerie fashion show)

And don't forget, backers of $150 can choose between two lingerie styles! Orrrr, for a pledge of $910, I'll just shut the fuck up already! Just kidding. 87% funded with 4 days to go! Help me get this line launched! Pledge, share and spread! xoxo