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Spring 2021 Mood Board

A warm welcome. Our spring collection was created with a longing for travel, sunshine, and a reason for dressing up again. When dreaming up our ready-to-wear pieces, I wanted something fun, yet minimal that makes sense to wear at home, to the grocery store, or sipping wine outside when the weather finally breaks.  -MR     All images sourced from Pinterest.

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Fall 2020 is Here - Our Launch!

WE'VE ARRIVED. It’s been a long year. Marvin Ruby has been in the works since January, and after an abundance of emotions, blood, sweat, tears, and help from friends, I am so proud to introduce my baby - Marvin Ruby.  My dear friends at Big in Japan helped pull together this go with the flow shoot to get Marvin Ruby officially launched, and I couldn’t be happier with the result.  -Arlena    

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Sizing our Quilted Sets

BUCKET SIZES. Dealing with the limiting nature of vintage quilts is a challenge. You only have so much space to cut out a garment, let alone make the block pattern symmetrical on each side. Each set is a puzzle laid out on the studio floor and marked for cutting at our factory, Sew Valley. We decided bucket sizes made the most sense, XS/S and M/L. The jacket has a boxy cropped fit that looks great true to size, or a bit oversized. The pant has a roomy fit, with elastic at the back waistband and adjustable ties at the front. Both are meant to be relaxed and easy. Marvin Ruby is a very small fledgling brand (a one woman show...

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Fall 2020 Mood Board

THE BEGINNING. Marvin Ruby is inspired by my grandparents Marvin and Ruby. When putting together a mood board for this season I reminisced about playing on their living room floor as a child with The Roy Rodgers Show playing in the background - Ruby hand embroidering her quilt blocks in the armchair and Marvin reading the TV Guide. I wanted the historic, Amish-style quilt to fit in the modern wardrobe in a way that didn’t feel, well, Americana. I imagined someone wearing the pieces with a poplin blouse or leather jacket. Or even a feminine boot and a hoodie.      All images sourced from Pinterest. 

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