Ivy Coco Maurice had no intention of becoming a stylist a decade ago. However, at the age of 28, she has emerged as the creative force behind her mother, Sheryl Lee Ralph’s, lauded red carpet performances. Ralph’s work won her a spot on the New York Times’ list of the Most Stylish People. Maurice used to doodle designs at home or go shopping at the Jet Rag store on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles.
Maurice encountered financial troubles as a youngster during the 2008 crisis. Her mother would often leave her with only $20 to $40 for the weekend. During this time, she became interested in thrifting, especially at Jet Rag, which had a $1 sale on Sundays. This became a method for her to find fashionable clothing.
While she never imagined herself as a stylist, her family has a strong connection to fashion. Ivy Victoria Julia Maurice, also known as Maurice, was named after her maternal grandmother, Ivy Ralph.
Ivy During the 1970s, Ralph ran The House of Ivy, a fashion atelier in Kingston, Jamaica. Maurice learned from her grandmother, who clothed famous leaders such as former Prime Ministers Michael Manley and P.J. Patterson, during her vacations in Jamaica, according to HuffPost.
Maurice was proud of her Jamaican ethnicity and saw it as an important element of her identity. She felt a strong connection to it, especially when her grandma advised her to look after her mother. In her current work as a stylist, she sees it as a chance to honor her cultural heritage and make her mother shine, passing on her grandmother’s gift of fashion.
Maurice is a creative entrepreneur and vice president of a nonprofit called WalkGood, in addition to being Ralph’s stylist. She identifies herself as “a West Indian, West African from West L.A.” She lives on both coasts, in Los Angeles and Miami. Her path into styling her mother began when Ralph required clothing for a press tour relating to “Abbott Elementary,” and she considers it a wonderful timing.
Maurice recognizes the significance of timing in her mother’s career progress. She believes that if her mother had achieved this level of success a decade or so before, she and her brother would not have been able to give the same amount of energy and creativity to her mother’s achievement.
She noted that their involvement has transformed it into a family business, with both she and her brother contributing their distinct talents to their mother’s success.
Maurice’s journey from being an apprentice to becoming a famous stylist is both encouraging and a testament to her tenacity. It makes her happy to dress her mother and create a buzz about what Ralph wears.
“And she’s been winning – I’ve been on every best-dressed list, including the New York Times, and I thank my child,” Ralph told E!