Born in Topeka Kansas and raised in Denver Colorado, the designer completed her BA at the University of Colorado in Boulder with an emphasis in Theatre Costume Design. She then sought training for three years at the Academy of Art MFA Fashion Design Program. In 2012 Rachel presented her collection at Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, courtesy of Diets Pepsi, to a select group of celebrities and members of the press. The show was presented by Simon Doonan, Creative ambassador at Large for Barney’s and celebrities including Mary Kate Olsen, Debra Messing, Angela Simmons and Kelly Rutherford, among others attended. The collection showcased her love of color, print and textures as well as her youthful, fun and charismatic charms. Following her NYFW debut, Rachel Has received the FGI Rising Star Category Winner for Women’s Apparel in 2013 and is a 2015 and 2016 303 Award Local Fashion Designer Nominee. Her brand currently houses Rae Marie, her contemporary label, and Rachel Hurst, her Designer label. Both created and made in Denver Colorado by hand with love, care and amazing quality. In July of 2017 Rachel will officially launch her label RTW Label Rachel Marie Hurst which will be a large stepping stone out of Custom Made.
Her wish for her company and brand is to provide exclusive luxury to woman that dare to be fierce unique individuals, women that are ambitious dream chasers. Never sacrificing brains for beauty when they can have both. Showing that style, fashion and bold statements are not obsolete in the work place but can be embraced to show off individuality and creativity. She hopes to provide a community for fashionable creative entrepreneurs that love to work hard and have pretty things. For she believes that in a day and age with fast fashion, there is still a collective of people who want slow fashion in the form of thoughtful wearable art pieces to counter balance the effects from over processed fashion, and she believes that RMH caters to those individuals.