Fashion Collaboration of the Year
Disney Princess X Ruthie Davis
Ruthie Davis and Disney Company, accepting
Ruthie Davis offers more than just fashion and footwear, she offers a lifestyle that embodies the brand DNA that has been so carefully crafted over the years: to stand out and stand tall, to set trends yet stay timeless. As a CFDA member and one of AAFA’s Designers of the Year, Davis designs footwear that is far from conventional. Every shoe is a piece of architectural art, all while staying true to the chic, modern, and sporty designs that women worldwide have fallen for. Residing in New York City and President of her eponymous brand, Davis has the advantage of being a woman who designs for women. She “walks the walk” in her shoes.
After graduating from Loomis Chaffee, Davis earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and Visual Arts from Bowdoin College. She went on to earn an 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 including RUTHIEDAVIS.COM.
A trailblazer in the realm of collaborations, Davis has recently partnered with Disney on the notable Disney x Ruthie Davis shoe collections for Snow White, Mulan, and Aladdin’s Jasmine with more to come. She has also worked with Universal Illumination on a Ruthie Davis x Minions collection, Swarovski on a capsule collection, HSN on their Disney “Beauty and the Beast” Event, Ruthie Davis X John Bartlett on a vegan capsule, and Designow on her first apparel collection. The designer’s cutting-edge vision has awarded her a number of accolades, including the American Apparel & Footwear Association’s 2014 “Designer of the Year” award, FashInvest’s 2016 “Fashpreneur” award, WGSN’s Global Fashion Collaboration of 2015 Nominee, and Babson’s 2015 “Entrepreneur Hall of Fame” award. Year after year, she has been named one of Footwear News’ “20 Directional Design Stars,” in 2012 was noted as one of Vogue Italia’s top “Vogue Talents,” and one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs.
Davis, “a woman who designs for women,” ensures unparalleled quality and craftsmanship every step of the way. Her custom designs have grown to be the top choice of celebrities, ranging from A-listers like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Zendaya, Ariana Grande, and Demi Lovato, to top-tier supermodels and actresses like Naomi Campbell, Halle Berry, Kendall Jenner, Laverne Cox, and Sofia Vergara.
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 is involved with various organizations including being an elected member of the University of Delaware Arts and Science’s “Fashion Advisory Board,” the Loomis Chaffee “Head Council,” and the New Britain Museum of American Art’s “Education Committee.” She is a guest lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management and taught a course on footwear design at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT.) She consistently dedicates time to mentoring emerging designers and entrepreneurs by speaking at colleges, business schools and design schools, but her message is always the same, “Find your passion, work hard, live your dreams.”