Thirty years ago, Archive Collection opened its doors in the heart of New York City's garment district.
Founded by Ruth Guimaraes Heget and her ex-husband, Andre Heget, the two traveled many years together, collecting antique documents from all over Europe, North and South America, and Asia. In France and Italy, they collected many 18th and 19th Century documents from mills that were closed during World War II.
Following their passion, the pair acquired so many antique textiles, documents and antique swatch books, that they decided to open their first studio in Como, Italy in 1983.
The collection grew every year and so did the client base. Ralph Lauren, Liz Claiborne, Calvin Klein, Donna Karen, Jones NY, Geoffrey Beene, Dan River, Echo, Schumacher remain some of Archive Collection's steady customers.
In 2007, Ruth became the sole owner of the company, responsible for new acquisitions and purchasing of new collections. She decided to move Archive Collection to a larger location in order to better accommodate her ever expanding client base and textile team.
To this day, Ruth closely follows global fashion trends and is continuously traveling the world, seeking unique and rare textiles. Her favorite phrase: "For designers and in our industry, the process of creation gives us an inexhaustible source of possibilities."