Designer Rachel Comey started her career in fashion in New York City as a costume designer for bands in the burgeoning downtown music scene. After the successful launch of her first eponymous collection of menswear, Comey began to develop a loyal following and by 2004 Comey had added womenswear and footwear to her expanding business. The women's collection quickly took off and developed its own grassroots following among New York's creative elite. Her collections became known for artful custom textiles, graceful modern silhouettes, and covetable footwear. Her work is said to be designed for real women, like herself, with strong opinions, big aspirations, and a view to the world that is at once radical and romantic.