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.
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:
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:
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:
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.