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 and renowned seamstress in Georgetown, she’s passionate about education and teaches her daughters to sew and tailor clothes.
Ruby teaches Eslyn to sew
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.
The Silk Lined Head Wrap 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 StyleCastr to name a few.
Silk Safe Stain Remover is formulated
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.
Unique, vibrant prints for a unique, vibrant brand
Custom print apparel appears on rubysampson.com and select retail stores.