Breanna Shird on Dec 3, 2016
Thank you! Loved it!
elaine biancaniello on Dec 3, 2016
I think somewhere from your shop to my home it froze and it is completely black in color. Whom ever your carrier is, they need to be notify. I am disappointed I was hoping to have this by Tuesday in a fresh shape.
Rice Rafferty - Story of Us
the short story
Rice Rafferty is a vintage inspired fashion accessory brand for women founded in 2009 in Buffalo, NY (now located in Jacksonville, FL). Mother-daughter designers specializing in couture accessories. They often incorporate luxurious fabrics: silk charmeuse, tulle, organza, taffeta, chantilly lace, pearls, rhinestones, and vintage components that result in truly beautiful and unique one-of-a-kind accessories.
the long story
Carol, a homemaker grew into a studio artist and instructor and Kara, a graphic designer with a love of fashion, decided to officially start a small cottage industry in 2009.
how did they get started?
Rice Rafferty was conceived when Carol was studying in the masters fiber design program in Savannah, Ga and Kara was working as a designer in Buffalo. Carol Ann and Kara have always been design enthusiasts - appreciating fine art and design; adding their personalized touches whenever and wherever. They were both frustrated working apart; when Carol moved back to Buffalo they quickly decided it was time to start their business.
Carol (the mother) is a fine artist and has been designing clothing from the age of 17. Her work has been juried into the Fiberart International 2007, Craftforms International 2006, as well as numerous national shows, and published in 500 Paper Objects Lark Craft Book. Former instructor of fiber design at Buffalo State College, Carol won a Fellowship Research Grant in 2005. Her research and notes expanded teaching curriculum in the Fiber Program.
Kara (the daughter) has worked as a designer for Deni, Carolee, and Fortune 500 Company - Medtronic. Kara has work experience in product development, marketing, trend forecasting, and art direction. She has worked in the field of costume jewelry and home goods. Kara's five-year career in marketing has played a key role in inspiring new creative direction for Rice Rafferty.
how did they get their name?
Rice is Carol's maiden name and Rafferty is her married name. Rice is Kara's middle name, so "Rice Rafferty" became a logical touchpoint.
Rice Rafferty is a company for women by women. They work with all local vendors. Each item is designed by Carol Ann or Kara. They incorporate up cycled vintage materials in many of their items and many of their fabrics are hand dyed. They value the process of their work as well as the finished product. Their accessories can be worn or hung on the wall as artwork. They can incorporate your grandmother's cherished jewelry pieces (like pins, earrings, bracelets) into a completely unique and sentimental design. Their mission is to create timeless, eco friendly, and vintage inspired accessories creating special family heirlooms for you to treasure for many years to come.
They have branched out to focus on the bridal market and now sell their designs on Etsy, local shops, and museum shops. Customers/brides have the option of choosing a ready-to-wear piece or scheduling a consultation with Carol or Kara for a custom creation. Rice Rafferty's goal is to help their clients find accessories to compliment their personality and make their customer's dream come true.
For more information visit www.ricerafferty.com to see their design portfolios. If you would like to make an appointment or inquire about a custom design please email - info [!at] ricerafferty.com
Around the web
I'm co-owner of Rice Rafferty and a full time studio artist.
I'm the co-owner of a cottage industry, Rice Rafferty Couture Accessories, and work full time as a marketing associate for a costume jewelry company in the greater NYC area.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Money Order
For paypal users - If item is not paid for within 3 days, your order will be canceled and I will assume you do not want the items.
For cash and money orders - Please have payment to me within 10 days, if payment is not received by then, order will be canceled.
Please just make sure if you order that you truly want the items, contact me with any questions or concerns.
We ship all my orders within 24-48 hours of payment, (excluding holidays where the post office is closed and unless noted on listing for made to order items), but otherwise all items are packed and ready to go in 24-48 hours time. We're located in the United States, so all domestic orders generally are received within 2-5 business days.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you have a problem with your order, PLEASE bring it to our attention before leaving negative feedback and walking away. Our goal is to make our customers happy.
Additional policies and FAQs
Interested in having multiple items made for your bridal party? Just ask us!