Dress it

Over the years, many dresses have been made at House of Rubi. Some, (such as the “Tulle Romance” dress) were very unique and intricate.

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The “Tulle Romance” dress. A unique and intricate dress from House of Rubi! Modeled by my stunning soul sister Mercedes. Click this image to check out the blog and find out more about the “Tulle Romance” dress.

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 “Tulle Romance” is dedicated to my mother and grandmother. The whole dress is made out of tulle, stitched onto a cotton fabric base. Click this image to find out more about “Tulle Romance!”

Here are the “Favorite Five”! The top five favorite dresses from House of Rubi! Many of House of Rubi’s fashions are named after and/or dedicated to friends, family and other amazing individuals. Let the count down begin!!

#5 The Ika Black and White Lace Dress

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This dress is named after my soul sister Ika. Her favorite clothing colors are black, white, and red. While conversing about dresses, she stated that it would be great to see a white dress with a full asymmetrical skirt and contrasting black and white pattern. Therefore, I designed and created this dress. It features black lace laid over a white corset strapless top. The top is is attached to a full asymmetrical skirt, which is lined with a contrasting black and white leopard print fabric. Yes, we make dress dreams come true at House of Rubi! 😀 Wait a minute! That could be a great slogan! “House of Rubi, where dress dreams come true.”

#4 The Anique Dress!  

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This dress is cute, sassy, and smart, like the person it’s named after! The “Anique Dress” is named after my little cousin Anique. She helps me lay out fabrics, and organize. Yet best of all, she DJs our favorite African jams from her laptop in order for me to stay awake, and motivated while working!! Cocktail dresses are a House of Rubi specialty. This sleeveless, scoop neck dress features a deep V lapel at center back ,and a full above knee flared skirt. Click this image to check out “The Anique Dress” blog!”

#3 The Mercedes Drape Back Dress 

This classy, sleek and sexy dress is named after my soul sister Mercedes! She loves wearing classic pieces that makes a statement. She inspired me to design a modern piece which reflected her graceful personality. Many of the House of Rubi clientele have requested that I make them this exact dress or a customized version of it! The original dress is knee length. I also created a floor length version which exudes sexy elegance.

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Floor length “Mercedes Dress” modeled at the Made in Africa Week Fashion Show. Photography by Ahmad Richardson for  “A Rich Experience Photography”

#2 The Mai Dress 

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Although the “Mai Dress” is number 2 on this list, it will always be number one in my heart. It is named after my aunt Mai Logan. She was an amazing seamstress, mentor, and creative soul. Aunty Mai introduced me to the world of fabrics. This dress is made out of “George” embroidered brown and gold fabric. Aunty Mai and I bought this fabric on one of our many fabric shopping adventures! May she rest in peace.

#1 The Amirah Dress

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We all agreed that this cute little diva stole the show!!  Here is little Amirah modeling her dress at the Annual International African Arts Festival in Brooklyn NYC. She is a confident child with a beautiful sprit! Prior to the show she requested that I make her a red dress with a big bow similar to the dress featured in the movie Annie! Click this dress to find out more about the “Amirah Dress!”

Thank you for counting down with me!!

To get a customized dress made and/or find out more about House of Rubi, email me (Rubi Girl Tenneh) at info@houseofrubi.com or just click CONTACT US. Also, visit the House of Rubi website at  www.houseofrubi.com 

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Bag It

Bags, bags bags, we all love it! Bags have been used by men and women as an utility and fashion item for centuries. According to the article “The History of Bags and Purses”, earlier civilizations clothing didn’t have pockets, therefore bags were made to be attached to belts and girdles.( http://tassenmuseum.nl/en/knowledge-centre/history-of-bags-and-purses/)

Today, bags comes in a wide variety of styles, fabrication, and textures! Every woman should have a unique bag that expresses her fashion style and spices up her attire.

Also, the holidays are almost here! House of Rubi has a variety of boho-chic slouch bags that make wonderful gifts.

Here are the available House of Rubi bags!

Click on the images to visit the House of Rubi Online Shop and/or place an order.

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House of Rubi Online Shop!

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The Angela Slouch Bag! Click this image to order. 

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The Rudene Slouch Bag! Click this image to order. 

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The Rudene Slouch Bag! Click this image to order

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The Jerricka Slouch Bag!  Click this image to order.

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The Jerricka Slouch Bag! Click this image to order.

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Ika Slouch bag! Click this image to order.

Thanks for reading  😀

To find out more about House of Rubi, email me (Rubi Girl Tenneh) at info@houseofrubi.com or just click CONTACT US. Also, visit the House of Rubi website at  www.houseofrubi.com 

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Clutch It

It is great for ladies to have a unique clutch that adds a special touch to their outfit! The clutch is one of the most chic of all bag styles! According to the article, “A little clutch bag history” Clutches came about in England during the industrial revolution (http://dialectmagazine.com/2012/12/a-little-clutch-bag-history/).

The Holidays are almost here! House of Rubi has a variety of unique envelope styled fabric clutches that spices up the wardrobe and are great for holiday gifts. All the fabric clutches have three separating compartments and are lined with canvas on the inside.

Here are the available clutches!

Click on the images to visit the House of Rubi Online Shop and/or place an order.

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House of Rubi Online Shop

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The Tara Clutch! Click this image to find out more about the Tara Clutch.

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The Vesta Clutch! Click this image to find out more about the Vesta Clutch.

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The Marushka Clutch! Click this image to find out more about the Marushka Clutch.

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The Angela Clutch! Click this image to find out more about the Angela Clutch.

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The Ana Clutch!  Click this image to find out more about the Ana Clutch.

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The Anique Clutch! Click this image to find out more about the Anique Clutch.

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The Rudene Clutch! Click this image to find out more about the Rudene clutch.

Thanks for reading  😀

To find out more about House of Rubi, email me (Rubi Girl Tenneh) at info@houseofrubi.com or just click CONTACT US. Also, visit the House of Rubi website at  www.houseofrubi.com 

Follow House of Rubi to find Afro-chic and other cultural inspired fashions, learn about world design trends cultural traditions, and keep updated on the brand!!

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Creation Process

Everything has a beginning. Generally when designing for House of Rubi, I start off with a sketch.  Sometimes, I drape the idea on a dress form. Many of House of Rubi’s fashions starts of with a thought. The thought becomes an idea, which then turns into a sketched concept. I then create a pattern and/or drape a muslin. The final product is created after the muslin is fitted and all patterns are corrected.  Here are images of sketches, draped muslin and finished fashions from House of Rubi.  Enjoy the creation process!

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Draped muslin for a halter dress.

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Muslin is then used to create a pattern.

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It’s hard to do it all on my own. So my cute little cousin comes in and helps out. After her homework is done of course!

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Testing a pattern for a clients dress. Large puffed sleeves

Testing a pattern for a clients dress. Large puffed sleeves

Working on the hem  and neckline for the House of Rubi Nicole Dress! Click the Image to check out “The Nicole Dress” blog.

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Fitting the Nicole Dress for a Fashion Show! Click this image to learn more about the Nicole Dress!! Contact me (Rubi Girl Tenneh) at info@houseofrubi.com for a customized dress!

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It’s great having a table sized dress form to test ideas on 😀

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The Pamela Skirt! Click this image to check out the Pamela Skirt Blog!

Testing Draping Ideas

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Creating an embroidered mesh back for a client’s wedding dress .

The creation process never ends!

Thanks for reading  😀

To find out more about House of Rubi, email me (Rubi Girl Tenneh) at info@houseofrubi.com or just click CONTACT US. Also, visit the House of Rubi website at  www.houseofrubi.com 

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Fabrics Fabrics, Which Do You Like

House of Rubi features Afro-chic and other cosmopolitan fashions. I’m always searching the market for unique fabrics and popular prints.  There are many types of African laces, prints, cloths and textures. I love them all!! That makes the editing process damn near impossible!! Therefore, I refer to House of Rubi’s amazing clientele and fan base for their favorite prints and fabric choices.  During the Spring of 2015 to now, people are still crazy about the Dashiki Print (also known as the Angelina Print). One of House of Rubi top items is the Logan Dashiki! Some fashion trend setters and designers have forecasted that the “Dashiki Craze” is going to extend into Summer 2016! We will find out the truth of that prediction when 2016 comes. 😀

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The Logan Dashiki from House of Rubi. Modeled by Nukes Logan. Photography by Ahmad Richardson for ” A Rich Experience Photography ” Click this image to find out more about this product!

Here are some cool traditional and modern fabric prints I came across while searching the markets. Share your thoughts on which ones you like or don’t like. Let me know what type of prints, colors, fabric textures, laces, and solid colored fabrics you would like to see more of at House of Rubi! Also, what print and/or fabric do you think is going to be the next fashion craze!!

Are you a traditionalist? Do you prefer the traditional African cloths, such as the mud and kuba cloths with cultural imageries?

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Traditional Fabric- Kuba Cloth 

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Are you a Pop Modernist? Do you prefer the popular prints such as the Dashiki and other modern African fabric print?

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Dashiki Print. Image taken from http://bodikian-textiles.com/

Dashiki Print. Image taken from http://bodikian-textiles.com/

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Fabric Collage featuring various types of African prints

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Are you a Supahh Star :D? Do you prefer elaborate laces, and gold embroidered cloths such as the George African fabrics?

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Silk George Wine Colored Image from http://www.middlesextextiles.com

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Silk George, Sky Blue and Fuchsia Image taken from http://www.middlesextextiles.com

What fabrics do you like?

Are you a Traditionalist, Pop Modernist, or Supahh Star!?

What fabrics do you think will be the next fashion craze?

What clothing styles and fashion silhouettes would you like in your wardrobe?

Share your thoughts and suggestions!!

Thanks for reading  😀

To find out more about House of Rubi, email me (Rubi Girl Tenneh) at info@houseofrubi.com or just click CONTACT US. Also, visit the House of Rubi website at  www.houseofrubi.com 

Follow House of Rubi to find afro-chic and other cultural inspired fashions, learn about world design trends cultural traditions, and keep updated on the brand!!

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Best of House of Rubi (Week 1)

It’s been a great journey showcasing House of Rubi fashions!!  Here is a recap on the first week. Enjoy!

 We first showcased the “Anique Dress” and its matching clutch!  The “Anique Dress” is a stunning sleeveless, scoop neck dress that  features a deep V lapel at center back, and a full above knee flared skirt.

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The “Anique Dress” featured at the University of Rhode Island Uhuru Sasa Fashion show.  Photography by Sam Albert. Click this image to check out the “Anique Dress (Part 1)!”

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The “Anique Clutch.” A beautiful envelope styled clutch. A lovely accessory for the “Anique Dress” or a perfect black dress!! Click this image to order. Also check out the House of Rubi Online Store for other bag options!!

Click this link (House of Rubi Online Store) to see other bag offerings!   

  Then we showcased original sketches and finished product for a customized version of the” Anique Dress!” This dress was made for Adrienne the CEO of Janomi Hair products. She ordered the dress for a wedding.

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The House of Rubi “Anique Dress” Customized Version. Sketched by Tenneh Wilkins designer and CEO of House of Rubi. Email me, (Rubi Girl Tenneh) at info@houseofrubi.com to order the Anique dress or just click CONTACT US.

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Adrienne wearing a customized version of the “Anique dress” from House of Rubi. Click this image to check out the blog “The Anique Dress (Part 2)!”

We then proudly presented our newest item, the House of Rubi “Logan Dashiki !”

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The “Logan Dashiki” modeled by Nukes Logan. Photography by Ahmad Richardson for “A Rich Experience Photography” Click this image to find out more about the Logan Dashiki!

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The Logan Dashiki!! Click this image to learn more about this product!

                            Click here to Order the Logan Dashiki  If you are interested in getting one!!

We then journeyed into the world of kaleidoscopic world of Kente Fabrics!!

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  Kente covered shoes from House of Rubi!! Click on this image to learn more about Kente and the House of Rubi Kente fashions!

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House of Rubi Kente Romper! Contact Rubi Girl Tenneh at info@houseofrubi.com for a customized order! Click on this image to check out other Kente Fashions!

 Following “Kente Kente Kente”  we shared our original sketches and finished products in the blog “Sketched to finish!!  

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From Sketch to Finish! The feeling of seeing a creative idea become a reality is immensely gratifying. This striped, draped back loveliness is the House of Rubi “Nicole Dress!” It is named after the wonderful Nicole. She is a member of NSP http://www.nspyouth.com, which is a Brooklyn based talent development organization for inner city youth. Nicole modeled this dress for House of Rubi at the Annual International African Arts Festival in Brooklyn NYC, http://www.iaafestival.org/ Click this image to check out the blog and learn more about the dress.

We then brought you the luck of Cowry Shells!!

Click this link to check out the blog https://houseofrubi.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/cowry-shells/

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The “Jerry Bow Tie” set from House of Rubi. Click this image to find out more about the “Jerry Bow Tie” set!!

WOW!!! What a week!

Thanks for reading  😀

To find out more about House of Rubi, email me (Rubi Girl Tenneh) at info@houseofrubi.com or just click CONTACT US. Also, visit the House of Rubi website at  www.houseofrubi.com 

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The Orange Red Kente Corset

Learning the cultural, spiritual, and societal meanings of colors, symbols and silhouettes of various fashions is fascinating! In the previous blog, I wrote about the “Rainbow Kente Corset”. It’s predominant color is a blend between maroon and magenta. It’s colors and symbols exude a harmonious feminine energy. The “Orange Red Kente” corset is another House of Rubi fan favorite item! I wrote about the different meanings of Kente in the blog “Kente Kente Kente”. Journey onward with me as I delve deeper into discovering the meanings and symbols on the House of Rubi “Orange, Red Kente Corset!”

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Model KILLINIT in the House of “Rubi Orange Red Kente Corset!!” Click this image to order or find out more about the corset!

As stated in the previous blog “Kente Kente Kente”, Kente cloth originated in West Africa and is identified with the Akan people and the Asante Kingdom. Today, the most recognizable Kente cloth have predominantly yellow and orange colors. The predominate colors in this corset are yellow and a reddish orange. It has green, maroon, red and white stripes. Geometrical squarish symbols form a X pattern in a solid black square. The squares also form a jagged pattern that looks like the side view of a staircase. According to the article “The meaning of shapes in design” curves in shapes tend to be viewed as feminine in nature; straight lined shapes are more masculine. http://www.whiteriverdesign.com/blog/2014/10/meaning-shapes-design/

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Me, (Rubi Girl Tenneh)  modeling the House of Rubi Kente Corset! Click this image to order or to find out more about the corset!

According to the website “Empower Yourself With Color Psychology” at http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/color-orange.html  the color orange represents happiness and warmth. Orange strengthens emotional stability through difficult times and offers relief from despair and grief.

Kente Fabric Color Meanings 

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The House of Rubi Orange Red Kente Corset!! Click this image to order or to find out more about the corset!

Yellow – royalty, richness, prosperity, wealth beauty

Red– blood, sacrificial rites

Maroon -represents mother earth and healing.

Green – earth’s vegetation, harvest and spiritual growth

Black – Spiritual energy, maturity

White – Purity and cleansing

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These Kente cloth weave patterns bare similarities to the symbols on the House of Rubi “Orange Red Kente Corset!” Similar to the “Rainbow Kente Corset”, the “Orange Red Kente Corset” is made out of a commercialized Kente print. Generally these prints are stylized to look like original, traditional woven Kente fabrics. As stated in the previous blog, traditional Kente fabrics feature designs that are woven into the fabric. Today’s commercialized Kente design are stylized and printed onto the surface of a cotton and/or cotton blend fabric.

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According to the website KenteCloth.net, this symbol is called APREMO – CANON  and it represents superior military strategy and resistance against foreign domination. Image taken from KenteCloth.net Click this image to learn more about Apremo-Canon. http://www.kentecloth.net/kente-cloth-designs-and-meanings/

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According to the website KenteCloth.net, this striped symbol is called BABADUA and it represents resilience, strength, and toughness. Image taken from KenteCloth.net , Click this image to learn more about Babadua.  http://www.kentecloth.net/kente-cloth-designs-and-meanings/

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Rubi Girl Yvonne wears the “Red Orange Kente Corset!!” Click this image to order or to find out more about the corset!

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The House of Rubi “Orange Red Kente Corset!!” Click this image to order or to find out more about the corset!

Conclusively, the “Orange Red Kente Corset” exudes calculative intelligence and masculine energy. It’s colors symbolizes wealth, prosperity and maturity!

Check out these articles to find out more about color phsychology, Kente colors, and symbol meanings!

http://afrolegends.com/2013/08/15/kente-cloth-an-ashanti-tradition-dating-centuries-back/

http://www.kentecloth.net/kente-cloth-designs-and-meanings/

http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/color-magenta.html

http://kwekudee-tripdownmemorylane.blogspot.com/2012/12/kente-cloth-ghanas-ashanti-cultural.html

Thanks for reading  😀

To find out more about House of Rubi, and/or get a customized garment made, email me (Rubi Girl Tenneh) at info@houseofrubi.com or just click CONTACT US. Also, visit the House of Rubi website at  www.houseofrubi.com 

Follow House of Rubi to find afro-chic and other cultural inspired fashions, learn about world design trends cultural traditions, and keep updated on the brand!!

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