Our story is not just a story of our business but a story of Friendship! Tiffanie has been sewing for 8 years, making gifts for friends and family. In 2008 she created her first ODU Diaper Bag for herself and three kids! It was that bag that started our friendship and Rags to Riches Design as we know it today!
In the fall of 2008 at a Panera Bread in Jacksonville, Fl, Maggie was grabbing some breakfast and doing some studying when she spotted Tiffanie and her bag! As a Coast Guard Girlfriend and new to the area, she decided to compliment her on the bag and try to make new friends! And a lifelong friendship was born. With one mutual friend in common, Becca (biggest shout out ever to you), we became fast friends and Tiffanie created a few purses for Christmas gifts for some of Maggie’s friends and then her first Flight Suit bag!
The first few years the business grew by making bags for friends at HITRON and VP-45 and since then by word of mouth, then via the power of the internet! We love when we meet new people at a duty station and they already know us by our bags! We have made it through 3 more moves (between the two of us), Maggie’s Wedding, The Birth of Tiffanie’s 4th Child, and everything else life throws at us! Today we are based in Atlantic City, New Jersey and Washington DC and offer a full line of Hero Bags, Everyday Bags, Accessories, and Embroidered Apparel and always growing!
A little bit about Tiffanie ~ I am a Coast Guard Wife and mother of 4 children, 2 boys ages 6 and 8 and 2 girls ages 2 and 4. I hail from many places but most of it was spent in Paducah, Kentucky where I met and have been married to my wonderful husband for 11 years (soon to be 12 this June). Before kids I was a High School math teacher and taught Algebra (my favorite), Trigonometry, and Calculus. My husband is a HH-65 Dolphin Pilot and we have been stationed in St. Petersburg, FL, Pensacola, FL, North Bend/Coos Bay, OR, Jacksonville, FL, Colorado Springs, CO and our newest home base Atlantic City, NJ.
As a mom of 4 kids I use my experience from being a mom of 1 to becoming a mom of 4 to design each item as practical as possible. Life around here is what we call organized chaos and we are always being thrown curve balls. We take things one day at a time, work as a team and are always learning patience which is greatly appreciated from our customers.
And now for Maggie ~ As I like to say I am a Naval Aviator by Day and Coastie Wife by Night. I am a P-3 Orion Naval Flight Officer and have been married to my husband who is a Response Officer in The Coast Guard for 3 years. We have been stationed in Pensacola, Fl, San Antonio Texas, Boston MA, Jacksonville Fl and Washington DC. I bring a different perspective to R2R Designs and am Tiffanie’s apprentice in the sewing world. I normally take care of the business aspects including answering emails, ordering supplies and running the Face Book page, Blog and Website.