Andrea Racey was "obsessed" with Gone With the Wind from a very young age. Recognizing, years later, that war epics are not traditionally the go-to movie for seven-year-olds, Racey realized that what captivated her most were the costumes, and, more specifically, their capacity to define character. Impassioned by the ultimate female heroine's ability to retain femininity and sensuality in dress without sacrificing her strength of character, Racey pursued her BFA in Fashion Design, before plunging into a career in the world of Costume Design, under the tutelage of renowned designer Debra McGuire, of "Friends" fame.
It wasn't until she began working closely with designer Alice Heller, however, that Andrea found her way back to fashion. Recalling the flame ignited by Gone With the Wind, Racey became acutely aware of how women present themselves to the world, and she aspired to create a product that would allow women to celebrate their inherent power... an aspiration that was realized in early 2011 with the launch of her line, Helena Quinn.
"Although I owe a ton of my inspiration to Scarlett, Helena Quinn is truly an ode to my Grandmothers, who each embodied the elusive balance of strength and gentility this line strives to represent."