My RI Life: The Local Designer Whose Clothes You'll Covet

My train rides to NYC are much different now-a-days. I used to travel to the city every week to “schmooze” with retail execs and get them to buy the latest technology. Now it entails buying for the store or working with the production team who is producing my first capsule line of clothing.  The risk-taker taking it one step forward. 

Hi, my name is Robin Barrett Wilson and I am the founder of robin b., a women’s clothing boutique in East Greenwich, RI. I am a native Rhode Islander that moved away (for 25 years) and came back, which was a huge surprise to me. 

Since I have been away, a lot has changed and a lot has stayed the same. For the past 3+ years I have been rediscovering RI and all it has to offer. 


I have traveled all over the world (Singapore/Thailand) and RI still delivers the best food.  Some of my new and all time favs:

·       Siena: I love sharing a bottle of wine and the cheese and meat platter. 

·       Jiggers: Greek egg white omelet

·       Rocco’s (new to the scene): The cod dish is amazing.

·       Federal Hill: They’re all great, how can I pick just one!

Shopping {not really}

I bet you aren’t surprised to hear, I don’t shop too often.  I spend my days shopping for the boutique (totally fun, by the way), so instead of shopping you can find me:

·       Painting at Nancy Stephen Gallery and School of Art

·       Goddard Park: always perfect for a run or walk on the trails

·       Narragansett Beach: my fav (I know, predictable)

Styling Guide

I spent over 25 years climbing the corporate ladder. How I looked was just as important as my knowledge about the business. Dress codes of days’ past were very rigid and soooo boring. I had to find a way to show my personal style but still “fit the mold”. Over the years, I have learned how to push the envelope while still being appropriate. Here are my top tips for making a lasting impression every time.

·       Essentials: be sure your wardrobe has those “go-to” items (classic blazer, turtleneck, white blouse, pencil skirt, LBD, etc.) that are ready for work and can transition to play. Go for quality over quantity. Spend your pennies here, you will be rewarded for making the investment. By the way these items are hard to find, so I decided to make them myself. Coming to the store soon (online too).

·       Color: add your favorite color, just one, that can help you stand out in the sea of black, navy and khaki.

·       Personal touches: jewelry, handbag or shoes. I love them all. Don’t over-do it here, be sure to pick two (i.e. shoes and bag) and rock it! Too much and your colleagues will get distracted when chatting with you.


Instagram: @robinbclothier


Photo Credits: All photos courtesy of robin b.