Ruthie has a lot in store this year. Here’s the second part of our fantastic interview.
What would you tell your younger self knowing what you know now?
I was very organized and competitive when I was younger. I would tell myself, “you need time away to recoup, to do your job well. Take off weekends and nights. You’ll do better, since it gives you distance and perspective.” The second is, “Don’t take things personally.” The fashion industry is really tough and can be cut throat. When you take it personally and things go wrong—there’s nothing wrong with you. It’s just a tough industry.
In the not too distant future we’ll be able to travel in space, will you be one of the first onboard?
I’d love to say, “Of course! In my spacesuit and futuristic shoes!” but in all honesty… I’m not a huge fan of flying. I don’t have a FEAR of flying, but it’s not my favorite thing. I’m a Capricorn, it’s an earth sign. I like my feet on the ground—but I’d go to the launch event!
Who’s the celebrity you most admire?
That’s an easy one: Beyonce. I’ve met her a number of times; she’s a gracious, down to earth, nice woman. I love that she has a great career and is a mother and wife. She has no problem being herself. I’ve always said you can be the most gorgeous, sexiest, stunning woman in the room, and you can also be the most successful CEO. They can be the same person—you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other, and Beyonce is exactly that. She proves my point.
If you were stranded on a desert island who would you want to be stranded with?
My husband Innes Weir and my two dogs, River and Desert. Desert will do well on the desert island… They’re Italian greyhounds. I’ve always had dogs, I’m the youngest of six kids and when I was 10 my parents got me a dog. I was always an animal person. When I was six I told my friends, “I think I’m going to be the first woman to give birth to a dog.” It’s funny how my life evolved, I have dogs instead of children—and it works for me.
What’s hot in your world this year?
My new Spring 2015 collection was inspired by a trip to Turks and Caicos. It’s very colorful, fun and happy. We have a lot happening this year. We’ll be opening our first Ruthie Davis store in NYC, and we’re expanding into some new categories. We actually have kids shoes that match the mommy shoes coming out, plus another new line that I can’t talk to you about, it’s top secret.