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Welcome to RUBY SAMPSON!

Our Story



 
The heartbeat of our brand traces back 3 generations with a shared love of the sewing machine. Follow our brand evolution across 2 continents.

1913

Ruby Sampson is born

Our Story | Ruby Sampson
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.
 

1965

 Ruby teaches Eslyn to sew

Ruby Sampson | Our Story
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.
 

2012

Eslyn helps Ashley solve a problem

Ashley Powdar | Our Story
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. 
 

2016

The Silk Lined Head Wrap Launches

Ruby Sampson | Our Story
Ashley launches Ruby Sampson with the mission to bridge the gap between hair care and fashion for the textured hair consumer.
 

2017

Ruby Makes the List

Ruby Sampson | Our Story
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.
 

2017

Silk Safe Stain Remover is formulated

Ruby Sampson | Our Story
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.
 

2018

Ruby’s Original Home Becomes HeadquartersRuby Sampson | Our Story

Ashley extends garment manufacturing to Georgetown, Guyana.
 

2019

Unique, vibrant prints for a unique, vibrant brand 

Ruby Sampson Prints | Our Story
Custom print apparel appears on rubysampson.com and select retail stores.