Iconic GIRL To Know: Ruthie DavisIn Iconic GIRLS on December 21, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Ruthie Allyn Davis is the designer of RUTHIE DAVIS®. As her initials indicate she is one RAD lady! Known for being an amazing shoe designer and powerful businesswoman, she is a true inspiration.
Ruthie Davis’ obsession with shoes started at the young age of two when she tried on her first pair of red patent leather mary-janes. Ruthie loved them so much she wore them out of the store and, according to her mother, to bed that night! Ruthie’s love-affair with shoes has transformed into an uncompromising desire to produce some of the most coveted pairs in the world. Her footwear has been featured in every major publication from Harper’s Bazaar and ELLE to Zink and WWD. Her beautiful works of art can be seen on the feet of some famous ladies including Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Fergie, Rihanna, Maria Bello and MANY more!
Ruthie has become such an iconic footwear designer, being one of the only women designers in the luxury shoe market and she has been asked to appear on many TV spots as an expert. In addition to seeing Ruthie’s shoes in glossy magazines and on celebrities, you can catch her on TV shows such as E! Entertainment TV, Bravo TV and FOX News.
RUTHIE DAVIS® shoes and handbags have become globally known collections; selling in better boutiques such as Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Harvey Nichols and many more. The brand can be found in over 20 countries and growing!
Ruthie Davis has a unique vision that is modern, sexy and functional. Her fashion muse is the sassy central female heroine from comic books or James Bond- type movies. With her background in marketing, she knows the importance of being on-trend and at the forefront of design, but she has never steered from her “girl power” glam feel.
Ruthie studied Liberal and Visual Arts and her love for architecture translates into a real eye for the art in spaces, which shows through in her offices, home and of course her HEELS! Many of the details and structures of Ruthie’s shoes are reminiscent of sky-scraper buildings or pieces of art.
Ruthie is not only a “designer for the stars”, but also an inspiring mentor and promoter of “girl power”. The July 2010 issue of Harper’s Bazaar China emphasizes this point, as Ruthie was the only woman featured in the article titled “The Top 7 Leaders in the World of Shoes.” As a woman running her own business, Ruthie is an inspiration to young women all over the world as someone who is taking risks and going after her dreams. Ruthie has spoken about her “girl power” philosophy at high schools, colleges, grad schools and women in business or entrepreneurship forums, where she encourages her audiences to work hard, dream big, and to never compromise themselves as women. Ruthie lives the thought that “you can be totally smart and successful and also be a fashionista!” Recently, Ruthie spoke at the opening of her exclusive shoe exhibit retrospective at the New Britain Museum of American Art titled, COUTURE. FUTURISTIC DESIGN.
Ruthie earned her Bachelors of Liberal Arts from Bowdoin College, where she studied Visual Arts (watercolor) and English Literature and then earned an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson Graduate School of Business. Ruthie began her career in fashion as a “Cool Hunter” at Reebok and then redesigned the Reebok Classics as fashion sneakers. As Vice President of Design/Marketing at Ugg Australia, she repositioned the iconic sheepskin boot as a fashion brand. As Vice President of Design for Tommy Hilfiger Women’s Footwear, Ruthie took the brand in a more fashion-forward direction and launched a new division, “Tommy Girl Shoes”, targeted at a younger and hipper girl. In 2006 Ruthie launched RUTHIE DAVIS®.
-via Ruthie Davis