Inspirited by a passionate relationship with the great outdoors, many cultures explored & a unique sense of color, owner / creative director Melanie RR Edwards seeks inspiration in the world she embraces every day.Melanie prides herself on being a sixth generation Texan, native Austinite & seasoned New Yorker.
During the Summer of 2011 in her tiny Manhattan apartment, Melanie excitedly decided the time had come to step out on her own & solely design for herself. Following in her parents' entrepreneurial footsteps & with their encouraging words, she jumped all in. On the heels of graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a BFA in Fashion Design : Knitwear Specialization, Melanie trusted her knowledge obtained during her vivacious college experience, all of which would prove to be imperative tools on the road to accomplishing her ultimate dream.While studying for her degree, Melanie realized nothing inspires her more than her love of fine textiles, ornate surfaces, and the organic process behind a beautiful creation.
Furthering this notion, her extraordinary design apprenticeships with Donna Karan at Urban Zen, Amy Smilovic at Tibi and, most notably, the legendary Oscar de la Renta solidified her passion & effectively sharpened her skills. Mr. de la Renta’s “shimmering elegance and timeless beauty” coupled with Karan’s message of preservation & empowerment message truly continues to influence and shape the designer Melanie stands to be today.
Additionally, she gathered valuable experiences and ideas during her intensive summer programs at Parsons School of Design, the Institute of Classical Archeology in Metaponto, Italy and her first two years after graduating from Austin High School at the University of Texas.
On one fortuitously fated July day, Melanie created six simple pieces to debut on social media later that week.Within an hour of posting, all styles were sold out! That was the moment she ecstatically thought, "Ah! This could be something!"
From her first six piece collection, Melanie has grown her business to what it is today. She's had the pleasure of selling her extensive collection internationally & nationally through her Brooklyn & South Austin Studios as well as pop-up shops and online through rifleandradford.com.
The R + R pop up shop has been spotted for limited engagementsthroughout New York City’s Meatpacking, Chelsea Market and most distinguished, as well as often, in Grand Central Terminal.In Austin, she’s had the honor of popping up at Renegade Craft Fair, JLA ‘ A Christmas Affair’ and Hotel Saint Cecilia.
Melanie is thrilled to have lived in New York city for almost 10 years and is proud of the accomplishments she garnered. Now, a happy mother to the most adorable Australian Shepherd, rooted horse enthusiast and everyday family gal, she's so exhilarated by the frabjous prospects her hometown promises for the future.She currently works from her studio in South Austin & can usually be seen on Saturdays with her loved ones hiking or enjoying wine tastings in the Hill Country. On Sundays, she hits the links!
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