Ruby's Story

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Clothing Designer, Singer, Magazine Editor, Jewelry Designer, Manufacturer, Weaver, and Teacher. A fusion of seemingly disconnected careers led to Ruby boutiques.


How did this happen? As a young girl she amazed her friends with the clothing, shoes, and accessories she handpicked at her Father's blue collar department store near the ''big shouldered" Chicago Stock Yards. Her ability to design, select, and market was to become her passion, but she did not identify it at that early age. It took a series of successful pursuits to rekindle her childhood passion. Ruby Boutiques became her goal and most challenging adventure.

It is not for amateurs. It is having a vision-choosing what you like and having the confidence that others will too. It is demanding. It is annoying. It is frustrating. It is risky. It is creating an atmosphere like no other and it's all worth it when customers respond and sense the achievement. 

But then isn't that what life is all about?



Ruby Newman has designed and manufactured her exclusive fashions for 20 years for her boutiques in Westlake Village, California. Her work attracts celebrities and an international clientele. While on staff at Otis Parsons School of Design, she taught clothing, costume design, and draping. She was one of five selected by former Curator Edward Maeder, LACMA, to restore antique costumes for their historical collections exhibited nationwide, as well as individual costuming for museum events.

Ruby taught gifted high school students fashion design and draping at LAHS for the Arts, where famed french designer Givenchy was the guest critic for her class. She served as judge for the Woodbury University Senior Design Project, Los Angeles.

Ruby designed and manufactured her original jewelry sold to 500 stores in the U.S., Canada and Japan, with guest TV and store appearances in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Publications that have featured articles about her work include Seventeen Magazine and Chicago Sun Times.

Ruby also designed costumes for movies.