Brit Carlson | Owner
Growing up a fan of Martha Stewart and Trading Spaces' Genevieve Gordon (oh, hello 90's) combined with a DIY mom, Brit cultivated a love of art and design which led her to Maryland Institute College of Art. As a General Fine Arts major, she mastered a wide range of skills from charcoal drawing and woodworking to oil painting and book making. After graduation, Brit moved to Los Angeles to attend the Cinema Makeup School where she trained and worked in beauty and special effects makeup. At the same time, Brit began working for Anthropologie at the Grove and eventually transferred to the DC area as a Display Coordinator for the Silver Spring Anthropologie. After a stint as a merchandiser and display artist for J. Crew, Brit became an after-school STEAM (science technology engineering art math) coach for FurtureMakers while launching Ruie + Grace.
Emily Wright | Owner
Emily is a consummate maker. Beginning as a toilet paper roll sculptor as a child, Emily pursued her desire to create at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts' Craft & Materials program with an emphasis in Metals/Jewelry + Textiles. Under the tutelage of some of Virginia's most inspiring artists, Emily studied a myriad of art forms including metalsmithing, textile design, screen printing and sculpture. While at VCUARTS, Emily interned at Anthropologie and fell in love with the aesthetic. After graduation, she became the display coordinator for the Tyson's Corner Anthropologie in Northern Virginia. Eventually, Emily moved back down to Richmond to be near family and launch Ruie + Grace.
Ashley Hubbard | Owner
Ashley's background is in the liberal arts rather than the fine arts. After graduating from Washington and Lee University with a degree in Politics and Women's Studies, Ashley and her husband started Fleurir Chocolates, a high end artisan chocolate shop in the DC area. Among her responsibilities, Ashley oversaw product and package design as well as the interior design of both retail locations. After seven years with the chocolate shop, Ashley left to launch Ruie + Grace with two girls she met while working at Anthropologie many years previous (that's right, they all worked at Anthro together).