FASHANTHROPISTS: RUBY FARIAS
Ruby Farias is the epitome of a creative spirit. Throughout her life she has found herself drawn to many different mediums of art and has been keenly aware of her obligation to leverage her talents for the betterment of society. Ruby is best known for her kitschy, unique embellished clothing and accessories. And her newest endeavor has her combining many areas of art expertise to create a tasteful, imaginative compilation, taking her recent art work and producing her own textiles. She has translated this into her first ready to wear collection. And with a network of fervent philanthropists and valley personalities supporting her, Ruby Farias Design is quickly coming to life. Learn more about Ruby Farias.....
Image courtesy of Ruby Farias
How do you describe what you do:
I am an artist and designer. I create custom one-of-a-kind painted and embellished clothing and accessories. I also take my paintings and have them replicated onto fabric. With that fabric I create new designer clothing for women, men and children. I also create home furnishings using the same fabric.
What is the mission for your businesses’ giving:
I have always believed in giving and I think more so now than before. When we are young most don’t get the exposure to what is truly happening in our community/world or at least I didn’t. As I have matured it became more evident of what I can do to engage and give back.
How do you give back to society through your business:
As a sole owner, I give what I can in my designs, time and monetarily.
Charity or Charities of choice:
There are so many because I firmly believe that so many not for profit organizations do such good work. Some of my top choices are Arizona Foundation for Women, Make A Wish Arizona, Gabriel’s Angels and Hospice of the Valley.
Why have you supported these causes:
I have seen up front what these organizations do and although there are many more that I support, these are top of mind. I have served on the committee to help raise funds for the Arizona Foundation for Women. They give to other organizations that truly do great work in helping women and children…
Years ago I would sell stars in my studio to raise money for Make-A- Wish Arizona because for kids with illnesses where their wish might be their last or their launch to wellness. It is an avenue that brings them joy and hope. Gabriel’s Angels is an organization that brings service animals to children. Dogs primarily and I have met so many of these beautiful animals who bring life back into an abused or neglected child. It is truly amazing.
Hospice of the Valley is an organization that brings dignity to our dying. I have witnessed their work and I have donated my designs to their fundraising. I am always honored to give and participate in some small way and I plan to continue not only in these but the arts and other targeted organizations that help women and children.
Favorite business based on their giving efforts and why:
Locally, I would say the Parsons because they have the capacity and they always give. It is an organization that has provided to our community and I applaud them. From a global perspective I would say that would be Bill and Melinda Gates. Their ability to approach our global needs is astounding. Their mantra is to seek to unlock the possibility inside every individual and to improve the quality of life for individuals around the world.
Who influenced your spirit of giving and how:
I come from very humble beginnings and my mother always gave from her heart. No matter how small the offer was, she gave. I smile when I think of her story of always giving a pair of stockings to all of us girls in the family and friends. It was something that she did and although my mother has passed now for 17 years, I still have a pair in my drawer in her memory. She saw beauty in everything; she loved flowers and her garden. Loved sharing what she created and so do I.
How do you believe fashion can aid philanthropy:
A number of ways and we see it all around today. Whether a fundraiser includes a fashion show, or a donation of creations, it’s already here and here to stay. We already see shoes and boots (Toms or Roma) that for every pair sold a pair is given to the poor primarily focusing on children. There are also companies that work toward giving jobs (FashionABLE) to help women leave the sex industry while giving them employment. And there are more and we should see more. We need to somehow include fashion waste to aid in philanthropy. Mountains of clothing are discarded everyday and we need to find a way to build that connection.
What is your biggest philanthropic accomplishment:
I can’t really say there is a biggest… I work in small portions, I give what I can in small ways and there is more to come so the biggest I see in front of me.
Favorite philanthropic quote:
Very simply said by Maya Angelou “We Rise by Lifting Others”
To learn more about Ruby Farias design visit | https://www.rubyfariasdesigns.com/
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Article from SoScottsdale Magazine, April 2018