FRENDY: Damn, that was dope of Bari to bring you along. It's a true testament of how much he trusts you and your work ethic.
RYAN: Exactly! Not even just about the trust part, but the loyalty—that's real to me. I was there before Paris and I'll be there after. For life, regardless! To find real people is so few and far between and that's why we must cherish those that cherish and love us as well. It's important to be your friends fan and not just the people who are popping. Support your homies the same way you would support Beyoncé and the support will come back tenfold from your family. People are quick to support major celebs but they might not be quick to support their best friend who may be lesser known. You see a lot of people just trying to come up in all the wrong ways, and that never interested me. I am always in everything I've invested in mentally and emotionally for the long haul.
FRENDY: Amen! Most people won't even support their "homies." It's truly a shame. Are you currently working n the fashion industry?
RYAN: It is a shame, but if your people don't support you, those aren't your people! I am lucky enough to be working on things I enjoy and really love. Recently, I was working on Prada campaigns with one of my best friends Ashley, [whom] I mentioned earlier. Working with your best friends is highly underrated. You grow up being told that you will have to work with people you don't like, which sometimes may be true, but if you do it right, that doesn't have to be the case always. Anyway, Ashley is a producer and has had me on as her assistant to some of the biggest artists like Karl Temper, Pat McGrath, Guido Palau. Iconic photographers like Patrick Demarchelier and Steven Meisel. This past week, I felt so fortunate to work on a shoot with Fabien Baron and the widow of Steve Jobs, Laurene Powell. That energy was incredible. Real world visionaries and changers. That's inspiring to me. I couldn't be more grateful for the people she's brought me around and the world she has showed me. I can't express my gratitude enough!
I have my passion project with my Goyard brother from Paris Pierre Tzenkoff, the mastermind himself. We are bringing something to the world of cannabis that only we could. Check it out at Devambez.com and soon in fine cannabis retailers throughout the U.S. I am also working on my own ongoing concept project titled, "11:11." I want to focus on wellness and expanding the knowledge of how important our well being is. Physically as well as mentally, and how we can harbor that well being through meditation and self care. Those are things that are really on my mind and what I'm trying to work on.
FRENDY: A man of many hats, that's what's up! What do you think abut the mélange of streetwear and luxury that's taking place in fashion right now?
RYAN: That's a great question. When I worked at Goyard, I had to wear a suit and I couldn't stand it. They gave me a uniform that was made of polyester but I used to wear my own Dior suit because I didn't like the fabric of our uniforms. To me, it was very poorly made and cheap fabrics couldn't empower me to promote expensive products. If you want to feel a certain way, you will usually dress to that occasion. I love the saying about how you have to dress the part to be it, or however that saying goes. I find it very true. If you want people to look at you a certain way it's easily attainable through the way you dress. The same is said for our personal feelings. We can dress they way we feel or the way we dress. I think a lot of people are interested in living a life that involves luxury culture and finer goods, higher standard of living than previous generations. A natural evolution if you will. In that evolution, we have decided to be comfortable and to dress in our comforts. We have taken casual garments and changed them into high end uniforms.
Customizing the idea of high end to match what makes us feel good empowers us personally. So I feel like it's a good thing. It's modern. It's real. There is something to be said for a beautiful bespoke suit from Savile Row, of course, but I don't really feel comfortable in a suit. I want to wear fabrics that move and make sense for running around the city or going to the gym. Just as much as those fabrics make sense in casual settings, I want them to transfer me into whatever I see fit, maybe that's the Mercer [hotel] for dinner, or the juice press in Equinox. But whatever's the location, I think the one constant factor remains that we desire to dress nicely in both scenarios to feel comfortable and confident. To me, the mix truly represents our way of living in the city, running around daily and maintaining our sense of style within that comfort.
FRENDY: Equally great answer. Thank goodness comfortability is in! You've always been surfing your own wave when it comes to fashion. Which brands are currently on your radar?
RYAN: Thank God is right! Vans checkerboard slip ons are my favorite shoes of all time. I wear those every year. My favorite is still Rick, honestly, and I pair his pants with tees I make generally or my V tees and anything from M65 gives me. He is probably my biggest inspiration forever! Since I've moved to the city he has been inspiring me, I knew he would be special. He was in Japanese Vogue at a young age and he has put me in Vogue for my very first time with M65!