Karen Hansen and Laura Rachlin, founders of Wren & Roch, are on a mission to empower survivors of rape, domestic violence and sexual abuse. Both survivors themselves, the women are channeling their combined 40 years of experience in interior design to enter the handbag industry with Wren & Roch.
Longtime friends Hansen and Rachlin launched the company in 2016 and chose Wren & Roch (pronounced “rock”) because it combines their names. A portion of proceeds from each bag is donated to partner organizations in the field including Lauren’s Kids, Safespace Foundation and KidSafe Foundation. In addition to financial support, the founders say they hope the brand will help raise awareness and eliminate stigma.
“Fashion is inspiring and empowering,” says Hansen. “It creates the perfect stage to educate and positively impact our global community.”
Wren & Roch’s handbag designs are a rich combination of sultry and chic with a rebellious edge that’s ignited by courageous and resilient women. Each bag is manufactured in New York City, and the designs have names like Best Friend, Street Smart and Amazing Grace.
“We stand strong as survivors, grateful for every experience that has brought us to where we are today,” Rachlin said.