Media - Press Release

November 13, 2015                                   
Contact: Media Relations - 773-840-4375
For Immediate Release
Press Release


A purse makes a woman. On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, and for several weeks thereafter, the ladies of the hit TV series Empire will strut their stuff while carrying purses from the newly-launched Chicago based RBS Purse Collection. The RBS Purse Collection, a subsidiary of Ruby Brownstone Enterprises, will launch its on-line store showcasing its Empire-featured handbags and much, much more. RBS has a purse for every woman’s style and taste. The unforgettable, bold, affordable, limited edition masterpieces come in a host of colors and skins, starting at $29.99, and each purse comes in its own special box.  

The on-line store will launch right after the Empire viewing party on Wednesday, November 18th.  The on-line store will feature a full line of handbags, wallets, clutches, totes and luggage bags, with new purses being added monthly. For a limited time, a 20% discount will be given to customers who use the code “Empirefans” when placing an on-line order.

The owners, Bernie Hicks and Ralphette Rhodes, both Beverly area residents and former twenty-year plus City of Chicago officials, pride themselves on providing high quality merchandise and high quality service.

Ruby Brownstone Enterprises is named in honor of the late Ruby Bailey, the mother of Bernie Hicks, who succumbed to breast cancer in 1994.  Bernie recalls, when she was a little girl, she often told her mom that, “one day, I’m going to open my own business and name it after you.” Her mom would always chuckle and say, “ok sweetie, you can do anything.” Unfortunately, Ms. Bailey did not live to see her daughter make good on that promise, but Bernie firmly believes that her mom would be proud to have her name attached to this endeavor. Making her mom proud is Bernie’s driving force.   

The RBS Purse Collection is just one of the four subsidiaries of Ruby Brownstone Enterprises, which also operates an event planning business, a promotional products business, and the Brownstone Event Venue, in Bridgeview, which is scheduled to open in January 2016. 

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