The Ritzy Rose is a handcrafted wedding brand. They specialize in wedding signs, brooch bouquets, boutonnieres and bridal jewelry & accessories. Everything is created by The Ritzy Rose team in their studio just outside of Columbus, Ohio. The Ritzy Rose has been a part of thousands of weddings around the world since 2010, providing their brides unique accessories for their big day. As of 2016 they sell across multiple channels including Etsy, Amazon and Shopify allowing different ways to find the perfect addition for your wedding day.
In the months following Jen and Jason's 2010 wedding they began to conceptualize their dream of breaking away from the corporate world. Jen's professional design experience guided the couple to their ultimate concept of bringing handcrafted from their hometown of Columbus, Ohio to the world. Their wedding still in the forefront of their minds, they were filled with inspiration and thus The Ritzy Rose was born.
Brooch Bouquets quickly became The Ritzy Rose's signature item. When Jen was introduced to The Junk Gypsies through a few tweets, the real journey began. Miranda Lambert hired Jen to create her brooch bouquet with pieces from friends and family. Once the bouquet was seen all over the press, the brooch bouquet trend and Ritzy Rose made their mark. Click here to see The Ritzy Rose in the news.
Contrary to the practically overnight success of their bouquets is the steady growth of their signature wedding sign collection. The team put their mark on this trend by providing a well crafted flag style sign in modern fonts and colors. Ring bearers and flower girls have carried "Here Comes the Bride" down the aisle in everything from rustic barn weddings to chic California vineyard weddings. The flags have now been a part of thousands of weddings across the world.
In 2013 the team launched a full line of handcrafted one of a kind accessories in association with the opening of their brick and mortar store in Pickerington, Ohio. By 2015 society's shift to e-commerce was undeniable. To keep up with worldwide demand the team refocused and now work from a building that is better suited for efficiency to accommodate production and logistics.
At the heart of The Ritzy Rose is design. Knowing not only what the trends are, but where they came from is key to their signature style. The designers blend vintage components with meticulously sourced new additions that are handcrafted into an array of accessories. The Ritzy Rose is constantly looking for what is next (always keeping in mind what came before) to create the signature style. The Ritzy Rose continues to evolve and strives to create fashion that is right for almost every girl and every budget. They seamlessly blend modern and vintage to create pieces that are timeless. When The Ritzy Rose says “one of a kind” they literally mean that, and when you wear a design from The Ritzy Rose you will be the only one to have anything like it.
All items other than the Vintage Collection are created in The Ritzy Rose studio by the small design team. This helps to create a unique brand and keep costs low. Instead of manufacturing and retail being separate, with this vertical operation they are literally feet away. Knowing where something is made always makes it more special. Knowing the small team that handcrafted your piece is what makes The Ritzy Rose special.
They have an extensive collection of raw materials in their design library and they continually push their capabilities in the studios. Vintage components have always been favored by The Ritzy Rose design team because of their craftsmanship. Glue is seldom used; instead solder is the key component of their construction method. Be sure to follow the team on Instagram to get a behind the scenes look.
Sourcing is one of the most important aspects of the brand. The designers' constant vintage shopping for years has created an all-important network of sources for components. This has allowed the team to amass a great collection of unique elements to create one of a kind pieces. The team also travels and searches for new components to complete their line. They strive to know exactly where and how items are produced whenever possible. The commitment to quality sourcing is what sets The Ritzy Rose apart.
The Ritzy Rose creates all of their items in their Pickerington, Ohio design studio. Vintage items are mainly sourced locally and then used by The Ritzy Rose’s team to compose their designs. The passion to create items stems from their love of locally manufactured goods. They strive in their sourcing to find more and more components that are made in the United States. Vintage is mainly purchased in small towns from individuals and small businesses.
Do you manufacture components that could be used in our accessory design or know someone who does here in the US? Please let The Ritzy Rose know!
In June of 2010 while on their honeymoon the conversation of a business began. By July the conversation evolved to naming the business. Jen and Jason wanted to create a brand, not just a product. The name had to be able to be far reaching and not pin them in a corner. One word was easy: "Rose". It was Jen's maiden name. Then the journey began to find a partner for the word Rose. Their love for the 1920s led them to look up vernacular from The Great Gatsby, and the word "Ritzy" jumped out out at them. There it was: The Ritzy Rose.
In 2013 The Ritzy Rose became a Registered Trademark by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Jen is a New Yorker who now calls Ohio home. She graduated from Cornell University in 2002 with a bachelor of science degree in Textile and Apparel Design. Jennifer also studied at London College of Fashion, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). After college, she lived and worked in Manhattan for several years. She designed for Tracy Reese and freelanced for a handful of other designers. Jennifer spent much of this time backstage at NY Fashion Week, creating clothing for the runways twice a year, and traveling to Europe for trend research. She loved every minute of it.
In 2005, an excellent opportunity with Abercrombie & Fitch meant she would relocate to the vibrant, up-and-coming city of Columbus. This job afforded Jen even more travel opportunities, bringing her to factories to approve production in Asia and South America.
In 2008, Jen joined Limited Brands as a Senior Designer, where she spent over three years designing for the Bath & Body Works Brand. She grew her list of skills by working on a variety of creative projects, from prints to gift sets and accessories. Experience gained from this position has given her a strong knowledge base when it comes to production.
In August of 2011, just a year after launching, The Ritzy Rose began to take off more than Jen had anticipated. She decided to leave the corporate world so that she could spend more of her time designing for her own company.
Jen’s design work has been featured in books, tv, movies and international magazines such as Vogue, In Style, Country Living, Us Weekly, People Country, Cosmo, Marie Claire, Lucky, and several others.
Jason was born and raised in the buckeye state. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2002 with a bachelors of science in Hospitality Management.
Before taking the leap to work on The Ritzy Rose full time in the beginning of 2011, Jason spent many years in the hotel industry in the culinary and sales departments. Jason's role is far reaching in The Ritzy Rose. He balances his time between web design, product photography and managing operations while helping Jen create and source. His role in sales has helped develop the marketing and business strategies, while his creativity stems from years a a chef.
Jason's once music and sport-filled life has now blended with fashion and vintage. One thing remains the same if you catch him during a Buckeye game he will be sporting scarlet and grey. Go Bucks!