She has gone from street to sleek. High-profile New York designer Rachel Roy worked her way up from intern to creative director at Rocawear before launching her women’s clothing line in 2005.
In the years since, Roy has built an account list that includes Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s, been inducted into the CFDA and snagged celebrity clients such as Eva Mendes, Jennifer Garner and first lady Michelle Obama.
Now, the 35-year-old designer and mother of two is focused on taking her aesthetic to the masses. In July 2008, Roy sold a 50 percent stake of her business to Jones Apparel Group Inc., paving the way for the Rachel Rachel Roy collection of apparel, accessories and footwear. The line, sold exclusively at Macy’s, includes metallic cutout booties and embellished platform pumps priced between $85 and $250.
Roy, who spent her college years in Washington, D.C., opened up to Footwear News about family, fitness and her fashion faves.
Favorite monument on the National Mall:
The Lincoln Memorial, “especially when the cherry blooms are out. It’s such a quintessential D.C. view.”
My fashion hero is …
Anna Wintour. “She is so precise and smart, and I’ve learned so much from her.”
Best summertime workout:
Riding bikes. “It clears my head and gives me time with my girls.”
Funniest person I know:
“My brother, [Rajendra Roy, the Museum of Modern Art’s film curator], tells a great story, but I also have a soft spot for comedians like Conan O’Brien and Steve Martin.”
Favorite childhood book:
“A Friend for Growl Bear” by Margot Austin and David McPhail
“A huge bowl of raspberries and strawberries with real whipped cream.”
Right now I’m listening to …
John Mellencamp. “There’s something very cute about him.”