Cranston-Based Streetwear Brand BLQRUBY Plucks Inspo from Urban Art and Poetry
Partners and co-designers Cara Ferri and Jeremy King are hosting their first BLQRUBY fashion show on March 11 to display their clothing line’s latest collection.
When Jeremy King got down on one knee to propose to Cara Ferri, in his hand was a shimmering black diamond ring. She happily said “yes” to his question, not knowing the inspiration this ring would provide for the duo.
Established in January 2021 from the duo’s Cranston home, BLQRUBY is a local streetwear brand containing apparel influenced by art and hip-hop culture. As an aspiring artist, Ferri was heavily influenced by poetry, music and urban art. She managed to fuse these inspirations together and form this unique streetwear brand.
“In fashion, I am able to combine all of those ingredients and cultivate a ‘brand,'” Ferri says.
Ferri’s first stint in fashion design was in 2011, when she visualized attending her senior prom with a signature dress made by her own hands. With the help of her nana, Ferri attempted to piece together the design she had for her dress, but failed. This unsuccessful attempt led her to discover the wonders of heat transfers and screen-printing before eventually learning how to use a sewing machine.
“Now that I’ve learned to sew, we can finally release and showcase the collection in the way it was always meant to be,” Ferri says.
From vintage bomber jackets to bucket hats and classic hoodies and joggers, these stylish garments combine casual comfort and art with an edge. Customers can also get their hands on a tote or snapback repping the Creative Capital.
Ferri and King are currently preparing for their first annual fashion show taking place on Saturday, March 11 from 6–9 p.m. at Revival Brewing and Lost Valley Pizza and Brewery in Providence. With Gibran PVD as the host and deejay, the clothing line’s fashion event will feature the collection they’ve been working on these couple of months as well as the introduction of BLQRUBY’s brand-new children’s line. Tickets grant guests access to live performances, goodie bags, a chance to enter a raffle, food and a signature cocktail for those twenty-one and over.
Tickets are $35. Revival Brewing and Lost Valley Pizza and Brewery in Providence, 50 Sims Ave., Providence, blqruby.com, eventbrite.com