Handmade Vintage Inspired Designs and Illustrations

Fruit Cove, Florida · 156 Sales


Handmade Vintage Inspired Designs and Illustrations

Fruit Cove, Florida 156 Sales On Etsy since 2009

4.5 out of 5 stars

ricerafferty is taking a short break


Note from shop owner We're on a cross country creative trip now thru March. We will be back soon with brand new products with influences! Thank you for your patience! For now, you can browse our website www.ricerafferty.com

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Note from shop owner

Last updated on Feb 1, 2017

We're on a cross country creative trip now thru March. We will be back soon with brand new products with influences! Thank you for your patience! For now, you can browse our website www.ricerafferty.com

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Carol and Kara

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Carol and Kara


Average item review
4.5 out of 5 stars
elaine biancaniello

elaine biancaniello on Dec 3, 2016

1 out of 5 stars

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.

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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


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Shop members

  • Carol Ann


    I'm co-owner of Rice Rafferty and a full time studio artist.

  • Kara


    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.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 20, 2015
Welcome to rice rafferty! We make unique, one a kind items. We specialize in aprons, hair adornments, earrings, necklaces, scarves, and wearable art. Stand out from the crowd in our ***couture*** items!

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
We accept credit cards, paypal, well concealed cash and money orders. NO personal checks, please. If paying with well concealed cash contact me for mailing instructions.

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.
If you're interested in an item and you live outside the US please contact us.

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
I'm sorry but we do NOT accept returns. Please ask all questions prior to ordering. We will however work with you until you are satisfied, we will do 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
Contact us for special custom designs. We can make anything you see in different colors or styles. Some custom orders will cost extra. Rush orders will also be an additional fee.

Interested in having multiple items made for your bridal party? Just ask us!