About Stella & Team
Stella grew up in Ohio and studied Economics and Japanese at Princeton University. Stella made a career change at 30 from investment banking to fashion. She moved from San Francisco to New York where she worked her way up at iconic American brands Liz Claiborne, Limited Brands, Henri Bendel and Ralph Lauren.
Stella always fantasized about moving to California. She vividly remembers the debut of Beverly Hills 90210 and wanting to have a life of pool parties. After 7 years in both San Francisco and New York, she felt she won the career lottery by getting a job as the Director of Retail at a private equity company that invests in the leisure space in the Palm Springs area.
Stella spent 8 years as the Director of Retail at KSL Resorts, buying for 5 Star, 5 Diamond and resorts on the National Historical registry including The Hotel Del, La Quinta Resort, Arizona Biltmore, The Homestead, Grand Wailea, Miraval, The Grove Park Inn, La Costa, and Monarch Beach Resort.
Catering to a guest on vacation is a passion for Stella. Her mission is to give that guest a physical manifestation of their time of leisure so they can keep that memory alive.
Life presented a cross roads to Stella when her company relocated to Irvine. Stella had found her home in Rancho Mirage and needed to create her own way. This is when Rancho Relaxo was born.
Diane started as a customer. One day, she asked if I ever needed help with special projects, she said she really likes working on getting things organized. THAT was an understatement!
Diane was with me during 2020 on days when we were lucky to have one customer come through our doors. Her spirits never dipped, she was a perennial source of optimism.
Kristen entered our universe through the same door as Diane: as a loyal customer.
We got to talking on one of her visits and she shared that she was about ready to return to the workforce as an empty nester when 2020 hit. Kristen almost jumped across the counter with excitement when I suggested she join our team. Kristen remembers asking if I needed references and me demurring. Her first days were a parade of all the people who love Kristen: her old landlord, her neighbors, her dog park friends.
Kristen reminds me of a character from a John Irving novel. She emanates curiosity and wonder and the circumspection of a life lived to the fullest.