Born in Lima, Perú, Ali Rapp grew up surrounded by artisanal, handmade crafts. Her mother, the fashion designer Meche Correa, and father, an antique dealer, always encouraged her creative instincts. When her family relocated to Texas, she began to explore drawing and started developing the child-like characters that she would become known for today. Her teenage years were spent absorbing art, music and culture, and they became the foundations for the works she creates today. After attending The Glassell School of Art in Houston she moved to New York to study photography at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
After all this, Ali gained encouragement from her mother and decided to progress back to New York to pursue her vision as a collection rather than just a hobby. Knocking door to door, Ali was persistent to get her vision across. While in New York, designer Anna Sui and Patricia Fields saw potential in Ali and her works and decided to pick her up.
Ali Rapp for Anna Sui was exclusively sold at the Anna Sui SoHo store where her totes and dolls sold out back to back. In addition to the Anna Sui store, Ali also sold her designs at the Patricia Fields Hotel Venus and VICE store where they were equally as successful.
After taking over New York, Ali decided to take some time off and migrate back to Houston, Texas to raise her son and commit more heavily to her family life. While in Houston, Ali was commissioned by The Museum of Fine Arts and IKEA to take their fabrics and create her own exclusive designs of totes, clutches, scarves and bowties for both humans and furry friends which were then sold at the MFAH store.
Ali Rapp Spring/Summer 2019 collection is Ali's jump back into her Ali Rapp line as her first collection done on her own. With the help of friends and family, Ali has built up a team to assist her in her efforts to bring her designs back into the world.
She currently splits time between Houston, New York and Perú while managing her collection, Ali Rapp.
“I’ve always been attracted to Ali’s adorable young-at-heart sensibility. Over the years, she has created for me the most charming totes, turbans, caplets, hoodies and dolls... all featuring her iconic naïve cartoon characters that everyone loves. It’s been a privilege and joy collaborating with her.” — ANNA SUI