The raquelle Collection was born on a breezy, sunny summer morning…one of those serendipitous encounters that epitomizes New York City at its magical best.
Manhattan was deep in the 2008 summer heat when Raquelle strolled past an outdoor cafe in the West Village wearing a silky, flowing dress she had designed for fun the week before. A woman sitting at an outdoor table called her over excitedly to inquire about the dress. When Raquelle told her it was an original creation, the woman ordered three of them in different colors on the spot!
Needing the materials to fulfill her first order, Raquelle headed to her most beloved fabric store in the Fashion District. As soon as she entered, she knew that she would be making more than just the three dresses. Reams of silk needed to become flowing blouses, towering piles of cotton just had to be skirts, and heaps of fine Italian jersey demanded new life in dress form. She left the store with enough fabric to create an entire collection-and that’s exactly what she did.
This first collection was the beginning of a thrilling journey. Today, raquelle enraptures passersby from windows and storefronts of fashion boutiques across the country. Truly a mix of her Colorado roots (Howdy, Dad!) and Parisian background, (Bonjour, Maman!), the raquelle Collection is easy-going, but flirtatious, lively, yet graceful. The colors and prints are modern and feminine, but reference other times. The clothing line takes inspiration from different eras like 1960s with its clean, dramatic silhouettes, and the softly geometric echoes of the Art Deco era can be found in the prints she hand draws.
Raquelle has managed to fuse comfort with couture to create a line of high fashion that isn't afraid to have fun and live in the moment! She believes that the most important part of the dress is the woman wearing it. Like that first magical dress she dreamed of years ago, each piece is the product of one woman’s love for the beauty of life and commitment to making wearable pieces that aim to express a part of that beauty.
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