Stryker, designer and owner of The Elusive Orchid,
bought her first orchid fourteen years ago. Like many people,
she became fascinated with the beauty, intricacy, and
breadth of orchids.
Over the years, as she attended orchid shows, she noticed
that there were very few orchid-theme products. Seeing this gap got
her thinking. “It would be great to give the orchid enthusiast
a range of modern housewares, such as appetizer plates and bath
towels, with orchid designs.” So, combining her design skills
with her enthusiasm for orchids, Ruthie started creating her orchid
designs in the summer of 2003 from her apartment in San Francisco.
“I realized that, from visiting many orchid shows, there were
thousands of people like me who love orchids. I want to create contemporary
and stylish products for their homes using natural materials that
incorporate my orchid designs. My style is beauty through simplicity,
one color with clean lines.”
Over the past couple of years Ruthie has moved from concept to reality,
recently bringing a limited range of products to the marketplace. “I
have plans for lots of great items, but most of them will not be available
for awhile. I had no idea everything would take so long!” Taking
it slowly has allowed her the breathing room to get the products exactly
the way she wants them.
So far The Elusive Orchid is still a seedling company and offers
a small range of plates and linens. The majority of the products are
made in California, with others based on quality materials from around
The Elusive Orchid will take time to grow, adding products
along the way. After all, it often takes seven years for an orchid's first
magnificent bloom. Based on its first showing, The Elusive Orchid
is on its way to becoming a winning specimen.