Rachel Zoe Rosenzweig (born September 1, 1971) better known as Rachel Zoe, is an American fashion designer, businesswoman, and writer. She is best known for working with celebrities, fashion houses, beauty firms, advertising agencies, and magazine editors. Zoe has been involved in the fashion industry for nearly two decades and has become a renowned stylist and designer. She is known for her extensive influence in the fashion world and for her A-list clients. In 2008, the first season of her Bravo reality television series The Rachel Zoe Project debuted.
Early life and education
Zoe was born Rachel Zoe Rosenzweig in New York City, New York, the daughter of Leslie and Ron Rosenzweig. She has a sister, Pamela Rosenzweig. Zoe dropped her last name in favor of her middle when she began her career as a fashion stylist, as Rosenzweig sounded "too Jewish".
Zoe grew up in Millburn, New Jersey and graduated from Millburn High School. She studied psychology and sociology at George Washington University, where she met her future husband, Rodger Berman. After graduating, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in fashion.
Zoe began her career as an editor. Although she works with high-profile clients and has developed her own recognizable style, she does not have any formal fashion training. When Zoe went freelance, it gave her the opportunity to meet and work with some high-profile clients. As a stylist, she has worked with Brenda Song, Backstreet Boys, Lindsay Lohan, Mischa Barton, Mario Orejel, Nicole Richie, and Keira Knightley. Zoe's current client list includes Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Garner, Kate Hudson, Kate Beckinsale, Debra Messing, Demi Moore, Liv Tyler, Joy Bryant, Molly Sims, Beau Garett, Eva Mendes, Paula Patton, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, Miley Cyrus, and Pauly Shore.
Zoe, with the help of reality TV star Nicole Richie, became the pioneer of the 'boho-chic' look. This look consists of oversized jewelry, loose-fitting dresses and shirts, paired with a slim frame.
Other notable collaborations:
- Collaborated with accessories maker Judith Leiber on a line of luxury bags.
- Served as the face of Samsung's BlackJack cell phone national ad campaign.
- Consultant for Piperlime.com, Gap, Inc's shoe and handbag website.
- Style A to Zoe: The Art of Fashion, Beauty and Everything Glamour is the book that was co-written by Rose Apodaca in 2007.
- Launched "Luxe Rachel Zoe collection. The collection was exclusive to QVC and consisted of handbags, jewelry, scarves, sunglasses, and outerwear.
- Launched DreamDry, a salon in New York City with locations soon to open across the country, alongside co-founder Robin Moraetes.
With the expansion of her clientele and numerous deals coming in, Zoe switched from her former agency, Magnet, and signed with the Todd Shemarya Agency.
In February 2011, Swedish fashion retailer Lindex announced a collaboration with Rachel Zoe, with Zoe choosing her favorites from the Lindex spring collection. This will be Zoe’s first bigger collaboration with a European brand.
The series' second season premiered on August 24, 2009. Bravo announced they would be picking up a third season of the show which premiered August 3, 2010 and covered the departure of Zoe's longtime assistant, Taylor Jacobson, while introducing her new assistant, Ashley.
The fourth season premiered on September 6, 2011 and involved Rachel dealing with Brad's departure as well as her pregnancy with her first child.
The fifth season aired during Spring of 2013, focusing on the development of her collection and other special projects like blowout salon DreamDry and the preparation for the release of her second book entitled "Living in Style: Inspiration and Advice for Everyday Glamour"
The Rachel Zoe Project was canceled after five seasons.
The Zoe Report
Zoe founded a free daily newspaper called "The Zoe Report" in August 2009. The newsletter featured items that she was coveting in the worlds of fashion, beauty and lifestyle. The newsletter garnered popularity quickly, surpassing over 750,000 subscribers. In 2011, she launched Zoe Beautiful focused on all things beauty. The Zoe Report currently had 78,000+ Facebook fans as of July 2014. In addition, The Zoe Report created a Snapchat account and Instagram account, which as of October 2016, has 544,000 followers.
In 2015 The Zoe Report launched "Box of Style" — a new service that delivers a selection of Rachel Zoe-approved goods to subscribers' doorsteps four times a year  Consumers may purchase a single box for $100 or pay $350 for an annual subscription. Subscribers receive items valued at over $300 quarterly each year, including one "hero" item that retails for over $100. This special piece is revealed in advance, but all other items (which may included clothing, beauty, accessories, home or lifestyle items) are a surprise.
In 2011, Zoe released her first contemporary collection of separates, footwear, and handbags influenced by her vintage-inspired, 60s and 70s style. The collection is available in over 275 department stores including Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus. In 2012 Rachel announced that her line will expand to include jewelry and cold weather accessories. Zoe's brand is not participating in the 2014 New York Fashion Week.
Living in Style
On March 25, 2014, Zoe published her second book, "Living in Style: Inspiration and Advice for Everyday Glamour."
Collaboration with Maxi/Cosi
She teamed up with Quinny and Maxi-Cosi for a 2016 collection of baby strollers and car seats.
Zoe met investment banker Rodger Berman in 1991, when both were attending college in Washington, D.C. They married in 1996, and have two sons, Skyler Morrison Berman (born March 22, 2011) and Kaius "Kai" Jagger Berman (born December 2013).