Hi! I’m Rachel and thanks for visiting! I've always been a creative and have had a serious passion for design, shopping, and creating since, well... forever. As a little girl I would sew items for friends, draw everything I saw, and play dress up like it was going out of style. Naturally, my interests led me to design school where I majored in Apparel Design and Technology, studied abroad in Paris, Milan, and London, and interned in New York City with Vintage Loft NYC.
After a few years of work in the field of wedding planning and design, I decided to go back to my fashion roots in April of 2014 and create The Ivy Retreat. The Concept for the business was formed from a lifetime love of all things vintage and my own style of clothing design and restoration. The Ivy retreat is my place of peace and comfort; a haven for elegant pieces of clothing from a time when mass production wasn't all the rage. my specialized attention is dedicated to finding beautiful and timelines styles by scouring every inch of antique stores and estate sales I come across. I will forever be on a quest for the most beautiful and ethereal gowns to add to the shop; it's what i enjoy most!