Olivia & Ruby


Who are O&R?





Welcome to our Modern Vintage Studio!  at O+R we're all about ladylike elegance from a bygone era.  Our collection of handmade & vintage goods draws inspiration from the style of the 1920's to 1950's.  Our line includes natural bath & beauty goods, hats & fascinators, jewelry, and a carefully curated collection of vintage lace dresses.


We invite you to visit out studio located on Kings Crown Dr, just off riverdale near Stateline rd.  We're availble for appointments Thursday - Saturday. We don't have set hours so please call us a day ahead to schedule your visit.  Be Blessed!

About O&R

You are not alone.  You are not the only one whose mind wanders back a few decades and imagines life during more fashionable times when most clothing was designed and made at home and uniquely fitted to the wearer.  Where almost every outfit was worn with a hat. When stores were filled to the brim with dresses of all shapes – straight, a-line, mermaid.  When wearing more was….more.   More fashionable, more mysterious, more ladylike. When clothing was made from fabrics that we could pronounce – cotton, linen, silk, wool instead of Polyethylene.


Olivia & Ruby is a modern brand with vintage sensibilities.  My motto is “Bringing the Best of the Past into the Future”.  Part old, part new, but always grand. I seek to design products that mix the past with the present and connect where you are with where you want to be.


I’m Tonya – the brains behind Olivia & Ruby.  O&R is the next stop along my lifelong creative journey.  From my earliest memories as a child sketching fashion on every blank piece of paper to today as a multi-faceted sewist, milliner, artist, and all-around-maker; I love the art of making. From the divine spark of inspiration to the nuts & bolts of making it a reality.  It’s the thing that I would do even if I don’t get paid for it.


I invite you to explore the World of Olivia & Ruby by first learning who they are.  Keep up with us by following us Instagram. Next visit our shop and see the wonderfully luxurious products we offer.  If you’re looking for something special feel free to contact us about a custom design using the form below.


Thanks for taking time out of your busy life to stop by and learn about me and my work.  Hope to hear from you soon!

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Who Are Olivia & Ruby?

Born June 1917, Olivia Lee Morris was my maternal grandmother who was both creative and entrepreneurial. She was born with one leg shorter than the other one so she tipped when she walked but she did not allow this to hinder her.  She was the only one of her nine surviving siblings to graduate from Carver High School in Brownsville, TN. She was an accomplished seamstress, prepared taxes, and most famously was the neighborhood Candy Lady.


After the death of husband Arthur on New Years’ Day 1963 Olivia was the sole support for her three teenage daughters.  She moved to LeMoyne Gardens later in 1963 to ensure that the meager insurance settlement she received upon her husband’s death would last as long as possible.  She wisely invested part of the money in helping her oldest daughter Thelma to complete her degree in education from LeMoyne-Owen College enabling her to become a teacher.  Thelma, my mother, retired after 41 years of teaching mostly second grade in 2006.


In 1974 after living in public housing for over 10 years and seeing the neighborhood change Olivia, now a grandmother, began selling candy.  Kids from all over LeMoyne Gardens would come to her house to buy Pickles, Lemon Heads, Freeze Cups, one-cent cookies, and all types of treats.  With tenacity and a deep faith in God Olivia was able to save $10,000 as a down payment and bought her first home at age 63.  She passed away four years later.

my grandmother olivia lee morris, circa 1961

The name Ruby is from the woman described in Proverbs 31 of the bible. She took great care of her family and could cook and sew but many people overlook the fact that she was also a businesswoman - an investor and entrepreneur. The author of Proverbs says that this type of woman is a rare find like rubies are. I looked it up and discovered that rubies are actually rarer and more valuable than diamonds. I think that both my grandmother Olivia and the woman in Proverbs 31 are rare jewels that are great role models for anyone to follow.

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