2016 has been a wonderful year so far, and we're not even finished! We snagged a 10x10 tent at Afropunk Fest 2016 in Brooklyn, NY on August 27th-28th. The event garnered national and international media attention as well as over 30,000 attendees. We're so humbled that our new prints sold out and that our 72x20" Foliage Leaf Head Wrap was featured Afropunk's Instagram homepage! Shout out to Luxe Radar Beauty Editor Shari (@iishari) for wearing her crown!
Join us Saturday, August 20th at The Madison House from 3 pm-8 pm for Soul Jam! Enjoy music, art, and local artisans for the vibrant, soulful outdoor dance party. Ruby Sampson will be a vendor, providing you with new prints and tutorials! RSVP here.
We want to see you this Saturday August 13th at the Black Alumni Networking Expo in Arlington, VA. We'll have a booth at the Vendor Trade show from 11 am-4 pm. Can't make it? Then join the Black Alumni Ball later in the evening!
Join us on Saturday August 6th at the Blackstar Film Festival produced by the ARTisan Cafe in Philadelphia. Shop new prints and products exclusive to the Blackstar Film Festival and enter our raffle to win a Serene Creme wellness package!
We've been accepted as a semi-finalist for the Thursday Network Small Business Grant Competition! Please show your support by voting to advance us to the finals on July 9th. One Facebook like equals one vote. Please vote here!
We're a vendor at one of DC's biggest social events of 2016: Black Love Experience [Part Trois]!The event will be hosted by Nubian Hueman at the Anacostia Arts Center on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 7pm. The evening includes a curated pop up experience, live and interactive art installations, music artists, DJ Underdog, entertainment, and a host of other goodies. We are looking to create a real experience celebrating black art, commerce and our expressions of self love. RSVP here: blacklovedc.splashthat.com
In 2016, we'll have a national presence and that's where I need your help! I've been invited to be a vendor at the 2016 New Orleans Natural Hair Expo which garners more than 700 attendees. In preparation, I applied to the Black upStart to guide me in formulating a business plan, streamlined production method, and pricing strategy. My goal is to not only introduce a great product on the market, but to employ myself and marginalized members of the black community struggling to reintegrate into society.
Here is my goal: Get 60 people to donate $5 by January 15, 2016.
I've searched for programs like this that would address the unique challenges that black entrepreneurs face in starting a business and raising capital, I believe I've found it. The Black upStart will not only teach me how to form a solid business plan, but also how to capitalize on my idea to the benefit of my community. I need your help in raising $300 to cover the remaining cost of my tuition. Any dollar I raise over that amount will be used to build my product for my business.
The Impact: Between 1998 and 2015 black female-owned business skyrocketed by 322%.
Contribute to the Golden Age of female entrepreneurship. Did you know that female entrepreneurs are more likely to invest in education, family, and community? "In emerging markets, women reinvest 90% of their earnings in their families and communities—which means that investing in women is an investment in our collective future." --Candida Brush, Forbes
Do you believe in me? I promise I won't let you down.
Please consider contributing to cover my tuition. Thank you so very much for believing in me!
Sad that you missed us at the ARTisan Cafe? Not to worry, we're a featured vendor at the Potter's House Holiday Pop Up Shop! Join us on Saturday, December 12th and the 19th, 12-5pm at 1658 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009. Shop limited edition Ruby Sampson items in time for the holiday season. Limited edition products are only be available for the month of December, don't miss out!
Please join us for a unique social shopping experience hosted by the ARTisan Cafe on Sunday November 8th, 3-7pm. This is The ARTisan Cafe's 4th year of bringing one-of-a kind fashion, accessories, arts, crafts, and food vendors to the Virginia area. Mark your calendars for the DC launch at the Anacostia Arts Center.
Stop by the Ruby Sampson booth to shop new products and enter our raffle for a chance to win a free item and 20% off select items! Support amazing handmade makers and independent artisans while enjoying the sounds of DJ Eskimo. Sip on delicious cocktails while browsing the unique craftsmanship of local artists.
The Black Panther Head Wrap is a staple piece for the modern, bold-hearted woman on her way to her next destination. The velvet floral shell and satin lining introduce new textures and dimensions to the traditional head scarf. The hand crafted bias finish adds extra love and care. Keep the Black Panther in your arsenal for your next red eye to London, hop to San Francisco, or early morning journey to the heart of New York: Brooklyn. The Black Panther offers a sophisticated edge while providing the convenience of a protective style that allows you to get up and go-hassle free. She pairs beautifully with a bold print flirty top and tear drop earrings, or dress her down with a neutral maxi dress and subtle studs. Either way she styles, she was made to cater to your busy lifestyle.
"My heart is a traitor," the boy said to the alchemist, when they had paused to rest the horses. “It doesn’t want me to go on.”
“That makes sense,” the alchemist answered. “Naturally it’s afraid that, in pursuing your dream, you might lose everything you’ve won.”
“Well, then, why should I listen to my heart?”
“Because you will never again be able to keep it quiet. Even if you pretend not to have heard what it tells you, it will always be there inside you, repeating to you what you’re thinking about life and about the world.”
“You mean I should listen, even if it’s treasonous?”