To be an entrepreneur you need to be mentally strong, face fear, overcome failure, and succeed. Put differently, an entrepreneur should be a person who is a doer and not a dreamer. It’s what Steve Jobs would call ‘pure perseverance’. Rachel Manney, while the world knows of her as Pearle Manney’s sister, has created her own identity by taking the entrepreneurship route. If there’s anyone who has been pinning up the women of Kerala, it’s Rachel Manney.
Rachel Manney is the kind of woman who’d come across enthusiastic and hard-working at the same time. Having studied Fashion Business at the Vogue Institute of Art and Design, Rachel decided to channel her education into a productive venture. That’s when the decision to start her own clothing line by the name Raedesign, an online ethnic wear store, came into being. Her clothing line is symbolic of tradition married with culture, expression, and art. Her ability to understand the sophistication of traditional prints by creating a dramatic yet elegant display of apparels filters down to her sense of modern style. Ever since she took over as the creative regnant of Raedesign, she has forayed into the world of contemporary fashion that is defining the new cool.
We got up and close with Rachel Manney, and you’d love to know that she’s quite like the woman next door, but working her way up the entrepreneurship ladder.
How would your parents describe you?
The quiet one in the house.
What do you typically tell people when they ask you what you do?
People see me as a fashion influencer, but I started in digital marketing and now I want to see myself as an entrepreneur. Things are working out well.
What’s the story behind Raedesign?
I initially started Raedesign back in 2012 to earn some pocket money during my college days. But, over time, I realised that I had a flair for designing clothes and wanted to style brides. I knew that I had to make use of my skills as it showed me a lot of opportunities. Plus, it was an easy platform to showcase my design.
What style would you say you’re most comfortable in?
I normally walk around in casuals and believe in looking as natural as possible. You wouldn’t find me dressing up and wearing makeup everyday. I am more comfortable in casuals.
Name 3 go-to restaurants in Kerala
Breakfast at French Toast, Chilli-Out in Cherai for lunch, and dinner at Thai soul. I eat a lot of food so I love trying out new places.
What’s the secret behind your flawless skin?
I find this question funny because, to be honest, I don’t have flawless skin. In fact, I could list down a bunch of filters that can make your skin look great (just kidding!). But, I do drink a lot of water because when the skin is well-hydrated, it shows. Also, I make sure that I moisturise my skin. But, I make sure that I use the right moisturiser.
What are your three favourite pieces in your closet right now?
Anything in grey or pastels. I can go crazy for a chic outfit that’s available in boho or tribal print.
Name one fashion icons whom you look up to for inspiration?
The only fashion icon I look up to is Kendall Jenner’. She never ceases to amaze me with her treads and that makes me admire her more. What else can I say, she’s a true Scorpio and so am I.
How would you define success?
For me, success is when you’re in a place where you are happy and you make the people around you happy.
Name one Kerala dish you always look forward to having
Appam and Motta Curry
How would Pearle Maaney describe you?
It’s weird, actually. There was this one time she looked at me and said, “You are a creative cat”. Till this date, I’m still confused by what she said, but maybe that’s how she sees me.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
I eat a lot of fried chips and that’s exactly the reason why I don’t have flawless skin.