Behind the scenes of her eponymous fashion label, Rachel Roy has always made philanthropy a priority. And she’s currently poised to help more female artisans earn a living than ever.
Since launching her eponymous clothing label in 2004, fashion designer Rachel Roy hasn’t stopped to slow down very often. In addition to being the brains behind the label that features multiple lines meeting a wide range of price points and sizes—her popular Curvy line was designed with intention of rejecting traditional concepts about what curvy women “should” and “shouldn’t” wear, for instance—Roy is equally known for her philanthropy; the Kindness is Always Fashionable program is an entrepreneurial, philanthropic initiative geared at helping female artisans around the world create sustainable income for their families and communities through design projects.
For Roy, it’s about “creating things that add value and meaning to women’s lives” and building “sustainable employment opportunities” on top of that.
Oh, and she’s also at work on adding one morebullet point to her resume: She’s currently co-writing a young-adult book with her 17-year-old daughter Ava, called 96 Words for Love,which is forthcoming from Little Brown.
So where does this inclusive fashion maven and mother of two find the energy to be such a pillar of inspiration? She shares some of her tricks of the trade below.
“Kindness is always fashionable.”
Whether it’s a moment (or 20) in the morning for yoga or meditation, or knowing when there’s too much work or when I need more work in my life, it’s listening to my body and my mind, and then being an advocate for myself to bring more of what I need into my life.
I use Tata Harper’s organic face oil often. It’s become a new favorite. I’ve become a great deal more conscious of what I put in my body and on my skin, so I’m constantly reading labels and researching ingredients. I also love Kai Rose Perfume Oil and the Bliss Triple Oxygen Eye Mask.
I’m a big fan of TED Talks and Wayne Dyer videos on YouTube.
I love a great blazer. I wear them with everything from a cocktail dress to 501s to joggers. I also love turtlenecks; they are timeless, chic, and elevated. A blazer and turtleneck together is a go-to uniform for me.
Keep one day a week free and open. This eliminates the possibility of bad or time-wasting meetings on at least one day of the week, and it ensures that I have time to brainstorm new and creative ideas, make up for time wasted in unproductive meetings, and clear out my office, which in turn clears out my head for new thoughts.
Instagram, Uber and American Airlines (I travel a lot).
Currently, Roger Vivier mini block heels.