We donate 1% of Our Sales to Mental Health Charities.

My name is Stella Castellano and I am the founder of Italia Rae. I am from Chicago, Illinois, an artist at heart and a lover of marketing. I am a mother to a beautiful girl, a wife, a woman of faith, and also a business woman who wants make a difference in the world.

Ever since I was little I wanted to help people. I always thought that becoming a doctor or a teacher would give me that opportunity to help change the world; however, life took a different turn when I lost my mother to an illness that affects millions of people in the United States--clinical depression.

The loss of my mom was probably the hardest trial my family could have gone through. I had to reinvent myself and for years I pondered on what it was the Lord wanted me to do.

Life went on. I went to college, I married my wonderful husband and 6 years later, the Lord blessed us with our beautiful daughter.

Stella and her mom.
Stella and her mom.

When I was getting ready to marry my husband, finding a wedding dress that was modest, stylish, and affordable was a nightmare. This made me realize that there was a serious problem in the fashion industry that if women wanted modest clothes, we have to pay a premium for it and I am not okay with that.

Italia Rae was born with the idea that something needed to change in the fashion retail industry. The high prices for high quality, modest, and stylish clothing are not reasonable and I am completely opposed to having to pay a premium for it. It’s still painful to go out shopping for a modest and stylish dress today for church or any other events. Well, fortunately, that is a problem I can solve for you today.

I hope you will join me in this journey to change an industry. If you do, I will make sure every outfit you purchase from me is a personal gift from my family to you.

Lastly, in honor of my mother's memory, and every person suffering with clinical depression, my family is fully committed to donating 1% of our sales to mental health charities. This gives us an opportunity to help others as I have always wanted.

If you know anyone that may be having issues with this illness, let them know that there is help.

Stella and her daughter Italia.
Stella and her daughter Italia.

Thank you for shopping with us and taking this journey with my family as we grow Italia Rae to change the world a closet at a time.