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Meet Ernest Ruffin Jr

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ernest Ruffin Jr.

With a drive for fashion and creating unique designs, Ernest started out painting on t-shirts in New Orleans, LA. He would spend hours making sure the hand-painted designed represented the brand in the correct way. With a passion to be successful in fashion, he would make t-shirts and sell them from the trunk of his car. After finishing college, he decided it was time to share his sense of fashion with the world and created High Status by Ernest Ruffin. His personal work career began to take off and he was promoted and moved to California. During this time, the clothing line was placed on hold and just a year ago Ernest decided it was time to start rebranding the brand for something bigger.

The high fashion line now showcases handmade sneakers made in Milan, Italy the fashion sneaker capitol. Ernest also created a new logo for t-shirts, jeans, hoodies and shorts. Since the rebranding, the first signature shoe has been a hit internationally and sales are growing in the US as well. Ernest has also created a website for customer to be able to purchase all of the items sold by the brand ( You can also follow the brand on Instagram as Ernest continues to grow the business @ernestruffin_.

Has it been a smooth road?
Of course, like every start-up, we have had our challenges. When I first started out painting on t-shirts, I was lucky if I made at least one dollar off the sale of the t-shirts. With my time spent creating the shirts, the paint cost, and t-shirt cost I was happy to just break even. Capitol was always an issue for me, not having anyone backing the brand and covering all the cost myself made for a much slower growth rate. I also reach a point like others where I hit the crossroad and my personal work career begins to blossom, so I put my dream on hold to build a career outside of fashion.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with High Status by Ernest Ruffin Clothing – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
High Status by Ernest Ruffin is a high fashion clothing brand. We specialize in shoes, shirts, jeans, jackets and accessories. I’m most proud of our current and first high fashion sneaker which has done while in sales in the US and International.

The Gold and Silver bottoms represent the royal lifestyle we aim to create. The jaguar print represents the power we possess.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
The brand loves the city of Los Angeles. From the mountains to the palm trees, and of course the beaches. The weather in Los Angeles is made for fashion.

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Phone: 504-615-3592
  • Email:
  • Instagram: ernestruffin_
  • Facebook: ernest ruffin

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