the woman behind the brand.
Rebecca Smith, Creative Director and Founder of Rebecca Ray Designs, grew up in the worlds of horse shows and show dogs. An avid equestrian since birth, following in the footsteps of both her mother and her uncle, she has been showing hunters since an early age. She and her husband, Derek, met while competing on their college equestrian team. Their daughter is now on the equestrian circuit, as well. The family raises Percheron driving horses at their farm in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
The daughter and granddaughter of international dog show judges, Rebecca is also well-known in that circuit, raising prize-winning AKC Champion English Setters.
The family has restored a historic home, now known as Hemlock Lane Farm, which has been featured in numerous national publications including Traditional Home, Horse & Style, and Equine American Magazine. Published in 2020, the barn inspiration book, Stable Style, written by Raquel Lynn included photos and details of Rebecca's stable. Readers have been fascinated by her lifestyle, her insights into interior design, and the events and activities at the farm.
Rebecca’s company has attracted national attention: Oprah’s O Magazine has twice named Rebecca Ray Designs to their enviable Best Made in America list. A number of other national publications including Country Living, Southern Living, and The Chronicle of the Horse have featured Rebecca Ray products on their pages.
Rebecca’s graduate training launched a career in non-profit management and school-industry partnerships, where she specialized in training programs and job development. For more than a dozen years, she has brought that expertise to Rebecca Ray Designs while building a company that is more than a brand, it is a commitment to a business that supports families and builds communities.
Her business supports local craftspeople practicing traditional craft skills and designs, rather than the modern market of mass-production and off-shore manufacturing. Relying on the skills of the men and women of the neighboring Amish countryside in Ohio, her company relies on traditional techniques and equipment rather than modern machinery, strengthening families and preserving time-honored skills that might otherwise be lost.
Today, businesses that promote local, artisanal crafts are celebrated for their community-building and light environmental footprint. Rebecca Ray Designs has been doing this all along.
A long-time collector of Sporting Art, Rebecca draws inspiration from her archives of images related to this world. This vintage inspiration, coupled with fresh colors and unexpected edits, define her distinctive style. As they say at the company, “It’s very Rebecca Ray.”