The heartbeat of our brand traces back 3 generations with a shared love of the sewing machine. Follow our brand evolution across 2 continents.
Ruby Sampson is born
Ruby Sampson is born in Guyana, South America. A mother of 8, she’s passionate about education and teaches her daughters to sew and tailor clothes.
Ruby’s Clothes are a Hit
Ruby becomes a renowned seamstress in Georgetown, Guyana
Eslyn Takes to the Machine
Eslyn, Ruby’s eldest daughter, learns the family trade and she teaches the next generation. She serves as the principal advisor to her niece and Founder, Ashley Powdar.
Eslyn helps Ashley solve a Problem
Ruby’s granddaughter, Ashley has a grueling transition into natural hair and begins lining her head wraps with silk. After receiving countless requests for purchase she realizes a gap in the retail space.
Our Silk Lined Head Wraps Launches
Ashley launches Ruby Sampson with the mission to bridge the gap between hair care and fashion for the textured hair consumer.
Ruby Makes the List
Word of mouth helps the brand emerge as a fan favorite with press features in ESSENCE magazine, Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It, and StyleCaster to name a few.
Silk Safe Stain Remover Launches
Ashley and her sister Stephanie formulate a silk-friendly stain remover designed to tackle hair product stains, which passes a 3rd party lab test and 90% efficacy rating.
Ruby’s Original Home Becomes Headquarters
Ashley extends garment manufacturing to Georgetown, Guyana.
Apparel Line Launches
Custom print apparel appears on rubysampson.com and select retail stores.
Custom-Mold Hair Accessories Launch
Print-inspired artwork becomes available in hair combs and hair pins
Satin-Lined Waterfall Collar Coat Launches
Our premium coats are custom printed with 100% wooly satin and designed to protect nape breakage
Partnership with Carnegie School of Home Economics Announced
Garment Making Program students receive sewing equipment and tuition scholarships