Stacy Shay developed her love of art and design during a six year stint in Tokyo where she hosted two TV shows on arts and culture for JCTV and NHK, Japan's largest Television network. On her return to the USA she studied fashion, sustainable design and development aid at Parsons School Of Design in New York, and her career really began to take shape in 1993, when as part of her final year thesis she spent a year in the Dominican Republic launching and building an Artist Foundation that assisted Haitian Refugees in reconnecting with their rich traditions of handicrafts and producing merchandise designed to appeal to export markets.
Her interest and passion for sustainable design grew, and back in New York, Stacy opened Rhubarb Home in 1995, a home furnishings and accessories design business and retail store in the funky NoHo district of Manhattan. Rhubarb featured in many style publications including Elle Décor, Metropolitan Home, and The New York Times Home and Style sections and catered to accounts such as Neiman Marcus (Horchow), Sundance Catalog and Anthropologie. Although the store closed it’s doors in late 2001, to this day many of Stacy’s unique design items can still be found in fashionable downtown restaurants.
Stacy was the Home and Lifestyle expert for Cosmopolitan magazine from 2000 – 2002, with a monthly page featuring her unique design ideas and did more on-camera work as the design expert on 'Design Defined' and the host of 'Country Style' on HGTV . In addition to her role as host she was responsible for content development of craft and design ideas, budget management, and on-camera demonstration.
Stacy then moved to Rodale Publishing as the founding Style Director of Organic Style magazine, for which she conceptualized, produced and styled major visual stories, including fashion, home, lifestyle, beauty and holiday gift guides.
The expansion of her role to Executive Creative Director for Merchandising and Development led to her launching the Organic Style Boutique, a web-based retailer that offered products designed with both style and sustainability in mind. The Organic Style Boutique was constructed to appeal to the readership of Organic Style magazine, and to serve as a template for other Rodale brands in the eventual sale of hard-goods. Stacy co-designed products with established top design talent in the categories of home, beauty, fashion and lifestyle. She also conceived of and designed new products, recruiting and working directly with artisans and manufacturers in their production.
In 2006, Stacy became Vice President at Aid To Artisans, the world’s largest artisan/craft development non –profit.
During this time she also acted in the capacity of sustainable lifestyle consultant to various companies including MTV and Westin Hotels.
Stacy continues to work at the point where conservation, sustainability, design, and economic empowerment meet and to date she has worked with artisans in over 50 countries providing support through natural resource management, training, equipment, and market development advice.