Postcard from…Rachel Roy

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Rachel Roy heads to the beach for her ideal getaway. Find out what time at Round Hill or Parrot Cay consists of for this model turned designer.

Fashion designer and philanthropist Rachel Roy is a self-described beach bum, with a penchant for the serene and sandy beaches of the Caribbean. But not all of her traveling is just for fun in the sun. Roy is a pioneer of “volun-tourism,” having traveled throughout Africa, for OrphanAID; an organization raising awareness for the children of Ghana through programs in care reform, education and development 

Island girl

The sun and the ocean are so cleansing for me; a complete escape from my hectic life. My favorite places are anywhere with bright blue clear water—Jamaica and Turks and Caicos. Round Hill Hotel & Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica is perfection and the rooms were designed by one of my favorites, Ralph Lauren. Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos is total seclusion—you feel like you are on the most chic deserted island!

Easy as 1,2,3

It’s my time to be inspired—away from all the stimulus of the city and work. I spend most of my time on the beach reading, catching a nap, and walking with my girls looking for seashells; my girls and I collect them from whatever beach we visit. I keep a few special shells in my handbag for good luck. I think a vacation is about rest and relaxation and three simple things: the beach, the spa and renting a bicycle to ride around the island as much as you can.

Inspiration is all around . . .  

My last trip to Paris inspired a Parisian twist in the collection and my last escape to the islands inspired me to add some caftans to the Spring ’13 collection we are working on right now.

A volun-tour

Margherita Missoni introduced me to OrphanAid Africa (, which I have been working with for the past few years. I had the opportunity to travel to Ghana and see how OprhanAid was impacting the children and their families and it’s life changing. The children in the program have such incredible spirit. My staff and I wrap books to send to them at the holidays and I designed a limited edition clutch that helped to raise funding for the program. There’s nothing more important to me than using what I have at my disposal to help children.

Green tic tacs: Never leave home without them

I can’t travel without the latest magazine, a Theodora & Callum scarf for the plane—and the beach—and green tic tacs.



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