Our Story

Who

Frustrated with your curls’ chronic dryness, breakage and lack of progress in spite of your time commitment and product selections? Don’t stress, you’ve come to the right place! Chances are you need protective styles and curl-approved materials to preserve your excellent work.

What

Ruby Sampson is a fashion utility brand with storytelling prints and signature silk lining. We design textiles, apparel and hair accessories for the hair fragility market.

Why

We exist to bridge the grooming gap for textured-hair women and build time equity so that you can devote energy to your skills, aspirations and creative expressions.


How

Our custom prints allow us to minimize waste and carefully select high grade silk and satin, to the exact quantity. Our brand is equally made in the USA and Guyana, supporting our local economies with fair, ethical wages. 

We are 100% self-financed, black and female-owned. 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, she’s passionate about education and teaches her daughters to sew and tailor clothes.
 

1965

Everyone Wants Ruby's Clothes

Ruby Sampson | Our Story

Ruby becomes a renowned seamstress in Georgetown, Guyana

 

 

1965

Eslyn Takes to the Machine

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 StyleCaster 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.
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