My love for all things classic and beautiful
began with my mother when I was approximately four years old. My father, an Officer of The United States Armed Forces, branch of the Army, was required to attend many formal events. My mother would insist I go shopping with her to find the proper attire for these formals. By eight years old, it was apparent that I had a unique eye for style, and styling my mother became the norm.
When preparing for Officer wives brunches, coffees, or afternoon tea, I was also my mother's right-hand girl. Preparation required our best linens, crystal, china, and baroque flatware. My mother's hosting could be defined as a combination of etiquette and good manners blended with the rich heritage of military traditions.
As a child, of course, I viewed these traditional military social functions as very daunting. Yet, the knowledge and the experience's that I gained only proved to serve me through life continuously. Today, I can't look at crystal without being instantly returned to those childhood memories.
By the time I was in my teens, my Father was The Chief of Protocol for the Sixth United States Army headquartered on The Presidio Army base in San Francisco, California. In San Francisco, I was first introduced to luxury fashion, eclectic fashion, and my eternal love for all things vintage.
My father served directly under Lieutenant General William Harrison, the Commander of the Sixth United States Army and The Presidio Army base of San Francisco. In addition, my father oversaw our military escorts and military police for many Head of State, including Four Star General Colin Powell, the Presidential motorcade, George H.W. Bush (41st President).
The Officers Club on the Presidio was reserved for military brass and their children. I was required to attend formal events with my father and mother to most of the social functions at The Officers Club. The traditional social events included retirement parties, dining out's, promotions, and holiday parties, to name a few. Exposure to these and many more experiences gave me a great foundation to build upon through the years, and yet, still today, I find myself drawing on these innumerable lessons,
Being brought up as my father's daughter, a strong military leader gave me many unexpected gifts, and it is through those gifts, I evolved into the disciplined and fearless woman I am today.
At 26 years old and in 2000, I entered the world of entrepreneurship when I opened my first business. Through the years, my company (s) remained of the" brick-and-mortar" model until 2012.
At this time, I chose to make the fruitful decision of joining the e-commerce movement and bringing my business(s) online. I joined multiple e-commerce platforms, social media platforms and sold directly to consumers.
Like many, the pandemic offered me more time to reorganize and minimize my everyday involvement in my other existing e-commerce business platforms by utilizing other professional sellers to manage them. Minimizing my involvement has allowed me to place my time, energy, and passion into this niche business.
I am super passionate about all things vintage. I practically love that vintage clothing was constructed to last and appreciate the footprint this leaves on our planet. I love to mix vintage pieces with modern-day pieces making an outfit unique to the wearer.
Most of all, I love to imagine the life the vintage piece had in its first life. All of this combined truly brings me so much joy!
As Oprah says, "Follow your Bliss."
Today, I bring you three decades of expertise and experience in my specialized hand-selected curation of vintage collections.
My pieces can be found exclusively through my website, always with free shipping. Ruby Lane.com and 1st Dibs.com,
Each piece is chosen individually, so the vintage offering is continuously re-curated as pieces are sold.