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Shawna Nadelman is a Gemini vegetarian who enjoys long walks on the beach and curling up on the couch to take in the latest episode of, well anything on Bravo. The staff at Trader Joe’s (the Encinitas location) know her by name. She can spout off almost any celebrity’s dating history, refer to Friends episodes in daily conversation and would give anything to marry a man like Coach Eric Taylor (of Friday Night Lights). She’s never met a ruffle, oversized flower or horizontal stripe that she didn't love and though her entire wardrobe hails from J.Crew and Anthropologie, she'll never buy an item at full price (momma loves a good sale!). Sure, some may argue she's the whitest gal they know, but (surprise!) she's fluent in Spanish and left a part of her heart in Madrid, Spain after a summer abroad in college. Her family is her everything and she certainly does not deserve her friends. Left to her own devices, she could probably finish off a jar of peanut/almond butter in one sitting.

Rebecca Ray Designs

When designer Rebecca Smith began Rebecca Ray Designs in 1998, she began with a simple philosophy:  “A company can do well by doing good.” Now 15 years later, what began as a simple hobby has become a full-fledged handbag, accessory, and home decor corporation -one that continues to employ her original motto through contributions to such causes as The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding and The Geauga County Dog Shelter among others.

Designer Rebecca Smith with her dog, Brighton | Photo credit: GHT Communications

Designer Rebecca Smith with her dog, Brighton | Photo credit: GHT Communications

Involved in both the show dog and equestrian realms in her youth, Rebecca incorporates these images of her past into her hand-crafted designs. Speaking of hand-crafted, all of the pieces in the Rebecca Ray Designs collections are produced in Ohio’s Amish Country utilizing traditional means of production such as treadle powered sewing machines and steam fuel. By partnering with Amish country, Rebecca Ray Designs provides jobs for the resident community. And with no telephone to communicate with her design team, Rebecca makes frequent trips to Amish country where she is able to cultivate not only her professional relationships, but personal ones as well.

Currently Rebecca’s products are featured in more than 300 fine retailers. Her collections include luxe handbags, leather accessories for both men and women, and home décor pieces featuring antique and vintage sporting art images. And most recently, Rebecca and her brother Christopher launched the Seven Barks Fine Goods stationery line, which displays charming vintage images of animals and women depicting America in the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

I’ve collected a few images of her unique designs. Carry around your necessities in one of these totes featuring animal silhouettes:

The Julie Bird Bag | $275 | (Photo credit: Rebecca Ray Designs)

The Julie Bird Bag | $275 | (Photo credit: Rebecca Ray Designs)

The Julie Clutch Dog | $65 | (Photo credit: Rebecca Ray Designs)

The Julie Clutch Dog | $65 | (Photo credit: Rebecca Ray Designs)

The Maryann Dog | $225 | (Photo credit: Rebecca Ray Designs)

The Maryann Dog | $225 | (Photo credit: Rebecca Ray Designs)

The Leona | $135 | (Photo credit: Rebecca Ray Designs)

The Leona | $135 | (Photo credit: Rebecca Ray Designs)

Dress up your key chain or keep your iPhone safe in style with a hand-crafted leather accessory in a variety of colors and animal adornments:

The Croc Tassel Key Fob | $70 | (Photo credit: Rebecca Ray Designs)

The Croc Tassel Key Fob | $70 | (Photo credit: Rebecca Ray Designs)

The Croc Phone Case | $65 | (Photo credit: Rebecca Ray Designs)

The Croc Phone Case | $65 | (Photo credit: Rebecca Ray Designs)

The Croc Phone Case | $65 | (Photo credit: Rebecca Ray Designs)

The Croc Phone Case | $65 | (Photo credit: Rebecca Ray Designs)

Finally, punch up your domestic decor with one of Rebecca Ray’s home accessories -from a fox-faced pillow to a collection of place mats featuring various dog breeds:

Rebecca Ray Designs Pillows | $185-205 | (Photo credit: Rebecca Ray Designs)

Rebecca Ray Designs Pillows | $185-205 | (Photo credit: Rebecca Ray Designs)

The Placemat Collection Dog | $32 | (Photo credit: Rebecca Ray Designs)

The Placemat Collection Dog | $32 | (Photo credit: Rebecca Ray Designs)

The Placemat Collection Black & White Horse Copy | $32 | (Photo credit: Rebecca Ray Designs)

The Placemat Collection Black & White Horse Copy | $32 | (Photo credit: Rebecca Ray Designs)

The best companies are often birthed from a hobby and a dream. For Rebecca Smith, her company Rebecca Ray Designs was founded by both of these things as well as a desire to give back to the organizations whose efforts have had a lasting impact on her life. And as success has proven, a company really can do well by doing good.

For more information about Rebecca and her dedication to running a company that serves to “do good,” as well as the opportunity to purchase products online, visit the Rebecca Ray Designs website.

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