There are so many talented designers out in the world, from established artists, to student fashionistas. In the ever-changing and competitive fashion industry, it’s often difficult for talented, aspiring designers to be seen or have their mark made. We at Rail 814 hope to bridge that gap and bring light to passionate and undiscovered artists in the community.
A love of discovering new talent, well-crafted designs, and entrepreneurship inspired our founder and CEO, Amy Shea, to create Rail 814. While on her daily one hour commute on the 8:14 am train, she developed the idea of a fashion incubator – a program that mentors raw talents with hands-on experience while creating a track for them to achieve their career goals.
A true, personal connection between designers and the customer is often difficult to create. We want to change that! Rail 814 aims to create a deeper connection between between the two by sharing the story behind our undiscovered talent and their work — giving life to the pieces our designers create. You’ll get to know our designers personally; learn about their career goals, inspiration behind their work, and see their collection come to life. Rail 814 is a place to discover new designers, one-of-a-kind products, and a way to shop while supporting local artists!
So how does Rail 814 work? Every season, Rail 814 will feature exclusive collection of one talented designer on our website. Each original design is produced in a very limited quantity and will only be sold for a limited time. Shoppers will have the opportunity to get to know the designer, learn about the inspirational story behind every piece, and be able to directly support the designer with their purchase. With Rail 814’s help, designers will not only launch their own collection, but also receive an one-on-one mentorship and a wide array of work experience that allow them to jump start their career. Rail 814 offers an unique marketplace that provides personal connections between shoppers and designers while bringing social awareness to the design industry.
The mentoring and collaboration process is underway with our very first designer. We can’t wait to introduce our new talent and debut their collection to you! Rail 814 has also designated two PR/marketing industry experts, Andrea and Mukkitu, to contribute to the success of our first designer. So, stay tuned for future updates through our site and social media channels!