Randall Craig, the creative talent behind Randall Craig Couture and RTW clothing for fashion dolls, grew up in the high desert of New Mexico but his designs reflect the cosmopolitan styles of the New York runways. He demonstrated a flair for fashion at an early age, creating hand-sewn clothing for fashion dolls. Randall received his first sewing machine at age 5 and expanded his repertoire to include full-scale clothing during his teen years. He went on to attend International Fine Arts College in Miami (now known as Miami International University of Art and Design), earning an associates of arts degree in 2002.

His college years included internships with Petit Pois (http://www.veggiespetitpois.com) and Perry Ellis (http://www.supreme.com). Randall has worked at fashion shows for many top names, including Saks Fifth Ave, Nautica, Badgley Mishka, Vogue, St. John, Neimen Marcus, and Sonia Rykiel. While at IFAC, he also worked as a teacher's assistant in pattern making and construction courses and served as a student member of Fashion Group International. Randall received an award from Tail Sportswear's Team T-shirt Design Contest in 2001.

His design career has flourished since graduation with the launch of a variety of his own clothing lines. In September 2002, he debuted Choic, a collection of trendy men's tops. His custom-made fashion doll creations, under the name Randall Craig Couture, made a splash the following spring. Randall's most ambitious collection to date, Randall Craig RTW (Ready-to-Wear) for 11-to-12-inch fashion dolls, was met with enthusiastic response when it hit the market in early 2004 and sold out immediately.

As president of Randall Craig Inc., he handles all design and marketing duties for his signature RTW line for fashion dolls. The RTW collection is now carried by retailers across the United States and in Canada, Singapore, and Australia, and has graced the pages of Fashion Doll Quarterly, Haute Doll, Contemporary Doll Collector, Doll Reader, and Barbie Bazaar.

Randall has held the position of Fashion Editor for Fashion Doll Quarterly magazine and has contributed to both Haute Doll and Barbie Bazaar magazines.

 


To the casual observer, Oscar Rey seems to wear the business hat here at Randall Craig RTW. In reality, Oscar has spent the majority of his life in the fashion world. He was born and raised in Colombia, where his mother owns a successful couture house, Casa de Modas Alicia de Rey, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary. Oscar spent years studying fashion, designing clothes and learning the business from the ground up. After he moved to the United States, he graduated from Miami Dade College with an Associates Degree in fashion design. He continued his work in fashion as the main buyer of textiles and fabrics for his family’s business.

The business side of Oscar started to emerge after he graduated college with his Bachelors in Business Administration. He then went on to get his Masters in Accounting at Florida International University. He currently holds an active CPA license and has a successful CPA practice in beautiful SoBe (Miami Beach) Florida.

Oscar met Randall through a mutual friend and was quickly impressed by Randall’s handmade doll fashions. Seeing the same type of beautiful designs in miniature that his mother makes in full size awakened another fashion side of Oscar that had been dormant for many years. In time he and Randall teamed up to form Randall Craig RTW. Oscar handles the full production and financial side of their fashion business.

Although Oscar is not one to seek the spotlight and prefers to let Randall be the public face of Randall Craig RTW, his fashion knowledge is evident in every piece of clothing they make. His production management skills and business savvy contributes daily to the ongoing success of Randall Craig RTW.

 

Photos by Michael Murphy