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RIB & RHEIN
Discover the ultimate destination shopping experience with premier designers for men and women plus, shop exclusive notable gifts and luxurious home décor accents. Emphasizing on the ethos that “shopping should always be fun” this is what defines the boutique’s hands-on entrepreneurs, a husband and wife team, Thomas and Erin Ribeiro.
The stylish theatrical image that has endured since it’s opening along with a tradition for unique displays and unusual exhibitions is a major reason to visit the boutique. Ever-changing window displays always attract immense interest at RIB & RHEIN.
RIB & RHEIN is a luxury American specialty store in Newport Rhode Island and renowned as an arbiter of modern style. From the day its doors opened in 2008, the purpose of this retail concept has always been the same: to be the first and only choice for the most discerning consumers, the consumers with the highest expectations.
RIB & RHEIN offers the finest designer collections for men and women, as well as accessories and gifts. This is all supported by highly personalized customer relationships. With modern energy and great fashion authority, RIB & RHEIN pays tribute to and continues to enhance a rich legacy of exceptional style and service.
No other shop in Newport, if any in the State of Rhode Island, has such a strong iconic association with design. Housed in a striking 1800’s historic landmark building on William Street, the powerful RIB & RHEIN brand extends to distinctive style of its surroundings. With its wooden beams and highly polished original wide plank floorboards this has to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing and unique boutique stores in the city. Just perusing the boutique, particularly during the summer season is a real joy and delight.
Since 2008 RIB & RHEIN has captured the hearts of shoppers around the world, finding fame and popularity with designers like Etro and Marc Jacobs. Dedication to innovative design and exotic influences reflects its founder's fascination with Asia, Africa, India and Europe. Not content with merely following trends, RIB & RHEIN regularly showcases and sponsors new designers, offering cutting-edge style; from jewelry through to home and fashion - there are names like Margiela and Psycho Bunny nestling alongside Turnbull & Asser, simply fabulous.
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Erin Ribeiro: Founder & Head Buyer
Erin Ribeiro is a descendant of the Rheinberger family from Lichtenstein, Germany. With a love for dance she focused on Classical Ballet from the age of three, dancing for the Rhode Island Ballet Arts Academy, The Newport Academy of Ballet, and the professional Newport based Island Moving Company.
She graduated from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. Once finished with college she moved to New York City and pursued a career in finance.
Erin also co- produced and coordinated several Off Broadway productions; Enigma, Deviants & LOUD which was nominated for several awards at the NYC International Fringe Festival.
It was at a hedge fund company called Vega Plus that she started designing and producing a jewelry line called EP Rheinberger. She manufactured and sold the jewelry to a few small boutiques in NY and Rhode Island.
A colleague introduced her to Exhale Spa, a mind body global health spa started in NYC. Erin discovered a passion for the classes, utilizing her dance background. She trained with Fred DeVito and Elizabeth Halfpapp, the creators of Core Fusion and Core Energy Flow.
After driving through Newport RI in the summer of 2008 Erin realized that the opportunity, location and timing was right in Newport to open RIB & RHEIN.
Thomas Ribeiro: President & Creative Director
Thomas Ribeiro studied interior design at The Chelsea School of Arts, London England. He has also worked as a studio session musician touring extensively with Kim Wilde, Tina Turner and Peter Gabriel. In 1994, he signed a recording contract with the legendary Island Records label.
Producer Gary Katz of Steely Dan fame was enlisted to work on the album in New York and Thomas collaborated with elite musicians including: Jim Kletner (Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder), Chuck Rainey & Bernard Purdie (Aretha Franklin & Atlantic Records Rhythm Section), Elliot Randal (Steely Dan, The Eagles).
Ribeiro then moved to New York City in 1997 to pursue further musical adventures. He formed a band called Young Turks and toured with Madonna producer Stuart Price on a dance music project called Le Rhythm Digitales. This collaboration introduced him to sound design and the world of DJs.
He started a sound design company with clients including Bloomingdales, Hugo Boss, Fur Council of Canada, Sony Music, Us Weekly magazine, GQ magazine, Jane magazine, Black Book magazine, Spa, Sway, Morgan bar, Hudson Hotel, Bungalow 8, Tribeca Grand Hotel, Taj Restaurant & Lounge and Lotus. Ribeiro went on to sell the company to a national competitor.
In 2004, he became the managing partner of an exclusive private membership club and restaurant located in New York with Clients including Vanity Fair, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Trump, Ivana Trump, Vanessa Hayden and Donald Trump Jr., Carl Icahn, Alicia Keys, The Racket and Tennis Club, Cartier, Columbia University, Universal Music Group, Polo.com and Lehman Brothers.
Ribeiro has also worked with Charles Mason at the world-renowned five star restaurant La Grenouille. In 2007 Ari Hoffman the CEO of Gant USA offer him an executive position with the company.
It was at GANT that Thomas noticed a gap in the market place that could be filled by a new unique upscale luxury lifestyle store, RIB & RHEIN.
Moncler Exclusive Event at Rib & Rhein
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RIB & RHEIN: A Unique Fashion Philosophy
Interview & Review
RIB & RHEIN Boutique, tucked discreetly away on Newport's William Street, just off Bellevue Avenue, is less a boutique than a philosophy of life. The two stylish owners, Erin and Thomas Ribeiro, are bringing a new éclat to the traditional Newport fashion scene, gently and fashionably coaxing it into the new century.
"We work with the traditional sense of fashion and style, that already exists in Newport, adding a little contemporary twist to transform an outfit. The most important aspect is the silhouette and the detail because most people don't understand that regardless of body type, good clothes should always fit your shape. " says Thomas Ribeiro.
D.S.Dundee Debuts in Newport
October 10, 2011
before it gets really huge,” Thomas tells me. If you’re going by the William Street shop, check out the ticket pocket jacket in the window—its fine!
Rib & Rhein is located at 86 William Street in Newport, (401) 619-5767
Rib and Rhein Touting Tons of Tunics
August 8, 2011
Jetting off to St. Barth’s may not be in your future plans anytime soon, but stopping into Rib and Rhein on William Street might just feel like a jaunt to a faraway, glamorous place. Rich silks from India, beaded tunics from Africa, books and décor from global locales plus clothing and jewelry with everything from a nautical to hippie chic flair add up to an international bazaar of fab finds. There was this amazingly colorful, floor-length silk dress, dubbed the “Jerry Hall halter” ($295) as well as a trés Newport stripe jersey dress with a racer back and shelf bra by Seaton pictured at left—both make for times styles that can be worn for years (and a great fit for expecting mommies, as owner Thomas Ribeiro noted). Tunics will be big this fall, he and wife Erin predict, so the shop is constantly restocking new ones as they already have been flying off the racks, including this eyelet “Babe Paley” fringed tunic ($298) by Seaton. (Visualize with dark denim skinny jeans or a free flowing trouser style that’s been all over the fall fashion issues…) Happy shopping, no
Our Picks for Jazz and Folk Fest Fashions on The Rhode Show!
July 30, 2010
It was a blast being on The Rhode Show this morning to chat about celeb-inspired looks for this Newport Jazz Festival and Folk Festival. First up: folk, and this weekend’s forecast couldn’t be more idyllic to set up base camp at Fort Adams and listen to the beats of great performers like Brandi Carlisle, The Low Anthem and Punch Brothers, just to name a few, and funny man Steve Martin kicks off festivities tonight at the Tennis Hall of Fame with banjo in hand and folk tunes to entertain. Our picks were inspired by Anne Hathaway, Pink, Nicole Ritchie, Kate Hudson and Rachel Bilson. Here’s the 411
Look 2, inspired by the summer looks of Rachel Zoe and Nicole Ritchie: Royal blue Indian Summer kaftan with gold sequined beading and embroidery worn with navy tank top and white leggings, both by Nikki Beach, and lime green Bianca necklace plus multicolored Labadi beach strands from Rib & Rhein, Newport
*Palermo straw hat and London Summer silk scarf from Rib & Rhein, Newport*Classic Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses*Vintage leather belt*Hand-woven West African tote with leather handles paired with burnt orange Kensington Indian wrap from Rib & Rhein, Newport
And within the boutique, there are traditional looking men's tweed jackets with the obligatory leather elbow patches – but the mannequin's head is covered in plaid fabric, and the cut just a bit, well…different, sleeker and sharper.
The boutique itself is an environment, with objects d'art and whimsical, sometimes historic table displays. Where else would you find a crocodile embossed, limited edition signed copy by famed photographer Jerry Schatzberg featuring classic images of Yves Saint Laurent's 1962 first collection for Christian Dior? The book sits below a photo portrait of the young, recently married Jack and Jacqueline Kennedy.
The couple's passion for fashion is evident when they talk about the clothing lines they find, select, and offer. Says Erin Ribeiro, "Our wonderful women's blazers are by Franklin & Gower. We discovered them in Los Angeles, and brought them here. Our classic/tailored men's blazers are from D.S. Dundee, of London.
Just as Ralph Lauren created an amalgam of style that pervades all aspects of his clothing, home décor and lifestyle, RIB & RHEIN is creating a signature style – anglo-indo-waspy luxury– that the firm will soon market throughout the world. Their upcoming website will export their unique items and brand globally.
Meanwhile, busy in Newport, Thomas and Erin say, "Our clientele often tell us they always look and feel so good in what they find here." And isn't that the essence of fashion, as well as its function?
Newport Seen interviewed the Ribeiros in their boutique:
NS: How and where did you two meet?
R&R: We were introduced by a mutual friend who strangely enough is no longer a friend. We met in the Big Apple.
NS: What are your backgrounds in fashion? in retailing?
R&R: We have both worn multiple hats in London & New York. Erin has a Hedge Fund/Finance background. My background is in retail & hospitality. Prior to opening RIB & RHEIN I was the director of wholesale for GANT North America. At the same time we were also partners in a private membership club on NYC's Upper East Side.
NS: How did you decide on a Newport location for RIB & RHEIN?
R&R: Newport is undergoing a tremendous resurgence. We spent years of market research and location hunting.We looked at Greenwich, Conn. and Larchmont, New York. They were still too close to New York City for the first boutique. Erin is a Salve Regina graduate and her family home is in Narragansett. So during one blissful summer, we got married, fell in love with Newport and opened RIB & RHEIN. The prestigious nature of this charming town appealed to our sensibilities. Business in Newport has exceeded our expectations from day one.
NS: Can you describe your fashion philosophy?
R&R: anglo-indo waspy luxury. One must learn the rules in order to bend them ever so slightly. Simple, classic elegance is easy and timeless. Fabulous, chic fashion should never be difficult to put together. Never, ever try too hard. We mix a structured preppy base with global and contemporary accents.
NS: In your fashion show, you presented a belly dancer, and some Middle Eastern styles? What was your message?
R&R: Again it's anglo-indo waspy luxury. For the 2009 show we created a French/Arabic bohemian, jet set chic look. Tunics, kaftans and sarongs have been around for a very long time. Way before they became basics in any socialite's wardrobe. Once again it's the effortless blend of basics with glamorous exotic accents.
NS:. How do you combine marriage and a business partnership?
R&R: Great question. We have both been on opposite work schedules in Manhattan for many, many years. We've always wanted to work together because it's an intuitive, organic trust and approach. It comes so naturally to us that I don't know how it's actually done. If we did, it would be for sale in a bottle!. So I guess it's actually quite simple. L.O.V.E!
NS: How do you view the retail clothing community in Newport?
R&R: There was an opportunity; a gap in the marketplace for something a "little different" catering to the well traveled, cosmopolitan consumer. From the get go we wanted to compliment the choices already available in town.
NS: Can you both tell me your definition of "style"?
R&R: Style should never be precious, or elevated to an art form. The temptation to do so must be resisted. Even at it's most glamorous, true style is understated because it actually has nothing to do with just the clothing. It is a commitment,an attitude and a way of life. The choice of attire is simply an embellishment to how one wishes to present themselves to the world.
NS: Are there other retail establishments of yours? Are any planned?
R&R: Quite a few planned, the next location is in St Barths. RIB & RHEIN's online boutique should be complete and ready to launch Spring/Summer 2012. It's taking a while but definitely worth the wait. The website is breathtakingly stunning. Once again we want to use our website medium a little differently than the norm.
NS: Do you find Ralph Lauren's business model, and "branding" a helpful template for RIB & RHEIN?
R&R: The undisputed unique world Ralph has created is a fascinating example of detail, precision and 40 years or so of consistently staying on point with his message, absolutely remarkable. However the business model that works for Ralph, works for Ralph. There can only be one Ralph Lauren story, therefore you must create your own path. We find Ralph's model as interesting as Louis Vuitton, Hermes, J. Crew, Nike or Coca-Cola. We have come up with the perfect model for us.
What a glorious Indian summer weekend Newport and much of the East Coast is enjoying! Even though fingers are crossed the perfect weather lasts, fall is around the corner, and some amazing pieces I’m finding around town makes the season transition exciting. Erin and Thomas Ribeiro at Rib & Rhein are ecstatic about welcoming exclusive London-based luxury design-driven menswear line D.S.Dundee. The designer is known for using the best fabrics—corduroy, Aran knits, tartan—on classic pieces. It’s not inexpensive, but D.S.Dundee produces the kind of investment pieces that will be timeless. “It’s just simply fabulous and we have it
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Thomas & Erin Ribeiro at Newport event
The discreet RIB & RHEIN Boutique
An arresting window display
Unusual, fashionable goods on display
Thomas describes the philosophy of the shop
Thomas shows a D.S. Dundee Blazer
Talking shop, Thomas and Erin Ribeiro
Erin and Thomas greet a customer
A Picasso poster augments the fashion
Thomas sees to the display areas
Vintage images of YSL's first 1962 collection for Dior, by Jerry Schatzberg
Erin in the Boutique
Tres chic at RIB & RHEIN
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The Look: Rib & Rhein
October 13, 2010
Since arriving on the Newport scene more than two years also, Rib & Rhein on Newport’s William Street has offered a refreshing collection of international fashion, accessories, home décor and one-of-a-kind treasures. With autumn’s arrival, I popped in to see the effervescent Erin and Thomas Ribeiro, who were kind enough to create a signature Rib & Rhein look for the season at hand. Drop by to see their fabulous finds and be inspired!
Fancy Classic English White Dress Shirt
Floral Linen Duchess Wrap
Turquoise and Stone Chelsea Girl Belt
The Isabella Necklace
Classic Fit English Dress Shirt
Light Wool Cold Method V-Neck Sweater
Cashmere and Wool Blend Ambross
Jacket (pants also available)
Silk English Pocket Square
Rib & Rhein is located at 86 William Street in Newport, (401) 619-5767
RIB & RHEIN Boutique
86 William Street
Newport, RI 02840
Tel: (401) 619-5767