Rachel Comey (b.1972) is an American fashion designer and creator of the eponymous New York based label.
The brand, which started as menswear, grew out of the downtown arts scene of New York in the early 2000’s. Her collections became known for artful custom textiles, graceful modern silhouettes, and covetable footwear. No other independent brand has come to define the aesthetic of the creative class like Rachel Comey.
Rachel Comey’s evolutionary definition of style transcends trend-driven design and rapid cyclical consumption, aiming to produce garments unique to the moment and wearable over a consumer’s lifetime. Were her customers – Cindy Sherman, Michelle Obama, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Tracee Ellis Ross, to name a few – questioned regarding Comey’s brand identity, you’d be certain to hear descriptions of “intelligence,” “integrity,” and “care.”
It’s this deep understanding and consideration for the customer – a tenacious focus on “the wearer” – that has allowed Rachel Comey both cult status and subtle permeation of popular fashion. Comey has pioneered the development of several now widely familiar styles including stacked heel clogs and booties, utilitarian jumpsuits, and cropped, high-waist denim.
Since the brand’s inception in 2001, Rachel Comey has become somewhat of an informal uniform for women fluent in their expression of intelligence, creativity, and style – a nod and a wink to a community of like-minded individuals seeking to add a bit of unexpected glamour to their routine.
Comey’s growing business includes an e-commerce store, NYC flagship store in the heart of SoHo (opened in June 2014), Cobble Hill store in Brooklyn (opened in March 2021), LA store on Melrose Place (opened June 2016), and over 100 wholesale retailers worldwide.
Comey is a member of the CFDA, and splits her time between NYC and her home in Upstate New York with her family.