So much to say in this post.. although I think these photographs say it all!! I was so thrilled to shoot some of Ritchie Rags New clothing pieces for Spring/Summer.. I just adore her clothing line for little girls..!! So when they arrived my stylist went straight to work concepting for this shoot.. after a few weeks of collaboration this idea was born! We asked Jeramie a few questions about herself and the inspiration behind her adorable line !
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST…..
WE ARE HAVING A CONTEST!!!!!!!
SOOO read through this fabulous feature, browse through these fantastic images of some new pieces coming soon to Ritchie Rags and enter to win one of these FABULOUS OUFITS!! READ ON!!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself….
I grew up in the Midwest & I love big rolling spaces where you see nothing but wild land and skies. I graduated with a major in Germanic Languages and Literature and a minor in Russian. I married my college sweetheart and we have 5 kids, 2 dogs, and a gecko. I love books, photography, designing, hiking, the beach, movies, coffee, music…I try and enjoy every single day and am happy doing loads of things, and doing nothing at all!
2. How did you come up with the name Ritchie Rags?
Ritchie is my last name and pairing it with Rags was a fun twist. I am drawn to gorgeous fabrics ( luxurious…rich…sounds like Ritchie), and for children it is important that clothing be comfortable and wearable…rags seemed perfect. I did not want to seem “stuffy” or made only for special occasion…Ritchie Rags can be anything!
3. What was the inspiration and the story behind Ritchie Rags and when was the company founded?
My children were the main inspiration, though I began creating garments when I was a child for my dolls. I did not plan on having a clothing line, but after requests started to come in for clothes like I made my daughter, I decided perhaps a little business would be a good idea and fun! In 2005, Ritchie Rags was introduced.
4. What is your process in creating your beautiful garments?
The actual process always starts with the pattern drafting and first runs, and then a tweak and rework if needed. As the garment is constructed, I might change trims, hemlines, sleeves, etc until it is just right. The end result is almost always a bit different than the original sketch. I am a stickler for proper construction. I want pieces that wear well, and can pass down from child to child and even on to the next generation.
5. Where do you look for and where have you found your inspiration when designing your line?
Everywhere! Children are the main inspiration…the best ideas come from listening to their ideas. My daughters have co-designed much of my line. And, many of my designs are also inspired by history and nature. Sometimes it is a particular period of time, a vintage garment, an inspiring person in history, a character in a book, the ocean, the prairie (this is generally a big one for me), the skies, flowers, a color, I can go on and on. I hand select all of my fabrics and trims. The inspiration is brought to life with children as the focus. Childhood is a time of innocence, adventure and wonder, and clothing is an integral part of that.
6. What makes the Ritchie Rags experience different from other brands or boutiques?
Each customer is very important to me. I try my best to let each person know that and feel it. Many of our line is made at order, and others are very limited editions. That makes Ritchie Rags clothing personal and unique for every customer. I attend to questions and focus on what they are looking for and needing. It brings me such joy to hear later about the smile my clothing brought to each little customer, to see photos, and to hear a story about what they have done. I absolutely love that!
7. If you had to describe the Ritchie Rags brand in one word, what would it be?
Ohhh…that is a tough one! I believe it would be charming.
HERE COMES THE CONTEST ! WIN THIS RITCHIE RAGS DRESS AND LEGGINGS BELOW !!!
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Photography- Jen Carver
Photo stylist- Natalie Spacciapolli