By taking risks and covering new ground, Ruthie Davis has rewritten the rules governing footwear. Always cognizant of the design and marketing nexus, Davis crafts her signature cutting edge vision for minimalistic, chic and functional design to meet the desires of her customer. Known as the people’s shoe designer, Davis fuses luxury with youthful sensuality to create shoes that are avant-garde yet wearable, feminine but unfussy, modern but never cold. Residing in New York City and President of her eponymous brand, Davis has the advantage of being a woman who designs for women.
After graduating from Loomis Chaffee, Davis earned her Bachelor’s degree in English and Visual Arts from Bowdoin College. She went on to earn her MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson’s Olin Graduate School of Business, with the intention of someday forging an independent fashion label of her own. Davis honed her design and marketing skills by holding executive positions at Reebok, UGG Australia and Tommy Hilfiger before launching RUTHIE DAVIS in 2006. The RUTHIE DAVIS brand is sold in top tier retail establishments worldwide.
Since its inception, RUTHIE DAVIS has been the ever growing top choice of a panoply of celebrities, ranging from A-listers like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Zendaya and Ariana Grande; supermodels Joan Smalls, Naomi Campbell and Kendall Jenner; and young Hollywood stars like Selena Gomez, Skai Jackson, Emma Roberts and Demi Lovato. Her designs have been featured in New York & London Fashion Week runway presentations by Alice + Olivia, Dennis Basso, Duckie Brown, Doo Ri and David Meister among many others.
Davis is involved with a number of brand collaborations including the recently announced collaboration with Disney Princess. The first Disney Princess X Ruthie Davis Collection will launch in 2018. In addition, other collaborations include: Ruthie Davis X Minions with Universal Illumination, Ruthie Davis X Beauty & The Beast for HSN/Disney and Ruthie Davis X Designow (her first apparel collection.) She launched a vegan shoe collaboration with menswear designer and animal activist John Bartlett, which was nominated for the WGSN Global Fashion Collaboration Award of 2015. Davis also designs custom shoes for Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Zendaya.
In 2016, Davis received the FashInvest “Fashpreneur” Award and was also named “Fashion Footwear Designer of the Year” by Acquisitions International. She received Babson’s “Entrepreneur Hall of Fame” award in 2015 and in 2014, Ruthie was the only footwear designer to be accepted into the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America). Additionally, Davis was named the 2014 “Footwear Designer of the Year” by AAFA (American Apparel & Footwear Association) at their annual American Image Awards. In 2013, Ruthie was distinguished as one of Goldman Sachs’ “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs,” one of Footwear News’ “20 Directional Design Stars” in 2013 and 2014, and in 2012 one of Vogue Italia’s “Vogue Talents.”
In addition to overseeing the operation of her company, Ruthie serves as a television fashion expert with regular spots on Bravo, E!, Bloomberg, CNBC, Fox News, CBS News, Yahoo Finance and NBC among others. She consistently dedicates time to mentoring emerging designers and entrepreneurs. Whether it be teaching a course at FIT, or lecturing at MIT’s Sloan School of Business, her message is always clear, “Find your passion, work hard, live your dreams.”