In the coming weeks, we will be showcasing a handful of the small independent businesses who have helped us build our brand. Some of these storefronts have been carrying RC for many years, and some have only recently joined our distribution, but their partnership and support has proved invaluable. Our brick-and-mortar partners have introduced the brand locally, disseminated product knowledge and styling expertise, and, with their curatorial vision, given Rachel Comey a welcome home in their community. With this feature, we hope to return the favor.
If you find yourself browsing their neighborhoods in the future or browsing the web today, we encourage you to pay a visit to our featured partners! We are perpetually inspired by their hard work and creativity, and we know you will be too.
KICKPLEAT — HOUSTON & AUSTIN, TX
Both on the floor and behind the scenes, Kick Pleat plays host to exceptional personalities. In day-to-day operations of her Austin and Houston based locations, founder Wendi Koletar Martin and her team have fun and laugh all the time. In store, Kick Pleat’s clientele includes musicians, architects, moms, photographers, professors, and friends – women, as Wendi suggests, dressing for themselves and making their own way. Akin to the customers by whom she feels inspired, Wendi grew her business over time to something bigger than she ever dreamed it would be.
WHISTLE CLUB — SANTA BARBARA, CA
Santa Barbara’s resident Whistle Club owes its inception to a “sweet spot” in founder Rebecca McKinney’s career. She jokes that she had enough previous experience to know she could make the store work and enough naivety to want to pursue it. Acumen aside, she chose the name as a reminder not to take things too seriously. Whistle Club is lighthearted – a name, in combination with a buying process that considers the incorporation of merchandise into shopper’s lives, to make people feel special.
VERT & VOGUE — DURHAM, NC
Co-founders Nadira and Ryan Hurley aspired to a business that combined their passions. Nadira, a fashion lover, and Ryan, an advocate of green business, fulfilled their goal in Vert & Vogue. Founded in 2008 in Durham, North Carolina, the store’s mission is reflected in its name. Paying tribute to Nadira’s French-Algerian roots, the French “vert” translates to green, and “vogue,” of course, in fashion. The duo is proud to support independent designers, citing slow, intentional production and disruption to the world of fast fashion. the customers by whom she feels inspired, Wendi grew her business over time to something bigger than she ever dreamed it would be.
AT LAND — DOBBS FERRY, NY
At Land founder Melissa Lauprete finds inspiration in evolution. In order to found her small business, Melissa left a career of over 15 years and a city that she once felt defined her. Now, her shop and drink bar is located in Dobbs Ferry – a mere 30 miles from New York City, and nestled idyllically in the hills alongside the Hudson River. Inspired by Maya Deren’s short film of the same name, Melissa wanted the name of her store to evoke a feeling of being grounded and connected with self, nature, and the anchoring energy of special possessions. In her seasonal curation, she cites changes and newness as sources of excitement.
LCD — LOS ANGELES, CA
For Geraldine Chung, owner and founder of LA-based LCD, business and kinship go hand in hand. During the season, seeing her fashion friends excites her; in-store, some of her favorite customers are now her closest friends. Her sister Janet partners with her behind the scenes to run the store’s accounting department. This winning combination of geniality and love for clothing permeates her two brick-and-mortar locations on Abbot Kinney Boulevard and the ROW DTLA. Initially branded as LustCovetDesire.com, the store carries a selection of RTW and streetwear that inspires just that.
PIED NU — NEW ORLEANS, LA
After years of patronage as a Pied Nu customer herself, Azita Clark took over the New Orleans based boutique in 2010. As owner, she spearheaded a store redesign and expansion of product assortment. Azita loves the confidence of her customers who are willing to get out of their comfort zone and play around. At her store, the selection is geared to offer the “whole look,” with top to bottom styling in mind. Her commitment to this customer experience holds true to the original name – Pied Nu, which means barefoot in French, embodies an effortless spirit.
LE SOUK LE SOUK — ONLINE
At the outset of her career, founder Anna Margaret set out to create a mother and child friendly retail space. As her own family grew, she closed her brick-and-mortar boutique and transitioned online – but her relationship to motherhood remains integral. Now, her oldest daughter Ava often models for her website, and her 12-year-old Lilith helps her pack orders. Anna stocks sustainable, women designed brands with a focus on heirloom quality design. She has collected textiles since high school herself, and has an instant crush on anything embroidered or beaded.
CEDAR & HYDE — BOULDER, CO
With the goal of introducing Boulder, CO to a retail world they felt didn’t yet exist locally, sisters Christie Lambert and Poss Lambert Dalton founded a store catered to their small-town experience. They value their neighbors and know their customers on a personal level. At Cedar & Hyde, they’ve curated a thoughtful collection of apparel and homeware that both speaks to their customer and supports the artists and designers they believe in.
SCARPA — CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
As a 23-year-old recent graduate and shoe aficionado, Amy Gardner opened Scarpa in sleepy Charlottesville, VA. While studying architecture at the University of Virginia, Amy was introduced to the Italian architect Carlos Scarpa. “Scarpa,” as luck may have it, means “shoe” in Italian. The name felt like an omen from the universe. Founded originally as a shoe store, Scarpa now carries an array of clothing and accessories from established and independent designers. Amy remains connected to her small, college town community; in her words, the Scarpa team loves people and loves to connect.
STATURE — ONLINE
Stature founders Camille Moroz and Avani Agarwal wanted to curate collections for petite women like themselves. The name was organic. Stature, an online store for smaller frames, carries styles hand selected by Camille and ensured to flatter her clientele. She vets the fit of existing pieces and works with designers to create custom, often exclusive, sizes. The relationship between shop and community is unique – as Camille suggests, there’s an automatic camaraderie in a community that shares the same eyeline and can’t quite reach the top shelf.
BIRD — BROOKLYN, NY
In 1999, Bird founder Jen Mankins couldn’t find an assortment of independent fashion she loved in Brooklyn – so she brought it there. Our partnership with Bird spans both of our histories. Jen was one of the first buyers to pick up our line, and she has since remained a longtime supporter. A Williamsburg and Cobble Hill fixture with a new outpost in Fort Greene, Bird offers a colorful array of emerging and established designers with a focus on locally and sustainably produced collections.
The Bird team supports Emily's List to get more women elected up and down the ballot. Their homepage currently links to antiracism action and learning resources.
Haven, Hero, Parish – Nashville, TN
Situated in Nashville, TN, Haven, Hero, and Parish are a trio of stores with a following by local creatives and Nashville tourists alike. Founder Claudia Fowler caters to a creative community by design. True to her experience as a celebrity stylist in the country music industry, 90’s country finds itself a prominent feature in Claudia’s store soundtrack.
Hills Dry Goods – BC, Canada
The Hills Dry Goods team brings a modern perspective to a history of retail. Steeped in Vancouver heritage, the store is named for its founding family, the Hills (Dry Goods pays homage to the first store owned by the Hill family in 1914, Reid’s Dry Goods). Head buyer Katrina Fekete curates an assortment of emerging and establishing brands, frequently introducing upcoming designers to her customers in the process.
MCMULLEN — OAKLAND, CA
Founded in 2007 by Sherri McMullen, Oakland based McMullen houses an array of emerging and established designers from the global market. The Bay Area fixture is committed to the empowerment of female designers and designers of color -- Sherri is especially excited by African artistry and artisan production techniques, and she consistently features African and African-American designers in-store.
BEIGE — LITTLE ROCK, AR
In her Little Rock store, Beige founder and creative director Ashley Peeples channels the mood evoked by this neutral hue. Her minimalistic assortment is curated to feel calming, neutral, and versatile. In addition to her offering of established brands, Ashley hand selects sustainable pieces from emerging designers and local artists.
AD HOC — PENTICTON, BC, CANADA
Owner Virginia Bray’s sustainable selection finds a welcome home in nature-driven Penticton, BC. Ad Hoc was founded with the intent to showcase ethical, locally produced, and female owned / operated product lines. Gini takes a personal approach to buying, often stocking her small-town store with specific customers in mind.
JUDITH — PORTLAND, ME
Judith is named for Brooke’s mother. A mom of two herself, Brooke selected a namesake that felt evergreen. As owner, buyer, and former clothing designer by way of NYC, Brooke curates a tight and consistently artful edit of small designers in her Portland, Maine shop. The shop has recently found its new permanent home on historic Middle Street.
LAKE — LOS ANGELES, CA
Aptly named Lake lives by the reservoir in LA’s notoriously cool Silverlake. A neighborhood fixture since 2005, Lake welcomed our collection to their mix in 2019 with the help of owner Melissa’s positive outlook and sartorial eye. The store is currently offering curbside pick-up for local residents.
NICOLE KWON — DALLAS, TX
Nicole Kwon fulfilled her longtime ambition of launching a multi-brand store in 2012. A native of Korea and former design student of London and NYC, she currently resides in Dallas with her husband and toddler. Nicole curates the selection of her Uptown Dallas store with the goal of making clients feel unique and beautiful.