Earlier this spring, I had the pleasure of interviewing Zach Ryan, a sophomore at the University of Richmond. With nearly 19k followers on his aspirational, quintessential, New England inspired Instagram, it's no wonder Ryan's clothing line, the Zach Ryan Brand, has had such a mass success after launching this past May. As we headed to the Fermin Lighthouse to shoot some pictures, I asked the mastermind behind this new company a few questions!
Who or what has inlaced your style?
"As far as successful people in the fashion industry, I want to say Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hillfiger, ya know, those guys. Another guy Kiel James Patrick has inspired me a lot. My grandfather has also inspired my style. He has great style. I just remember when I was at boarding school going to visit him and seeing his wardrobe and being like, “This is actually really cool!”. He dresses really well. It’s probably where I get it from"
Where did the idea of starting the Zach Ryan Brand come from?
"I'm just trying to take everything I’ve created and gather all my experiences into one giant passion project. I’ve always wanted to create a brand thats revolves around my personal experiences in life. Ya know, my geographical roots (Connecticut). I’ve always had a very sincere passion for this classic American style, this Americana. As an entrepreneur, my main goal is to always do something different to set myself apart. And i think that Americana could really use that. I think Americana could be revamped, and redone. I want to do it in a way that has never been done before and come out with unprecedented styles. That’s why I call it Zach Ryan Uniquely Classic Americana."
What has been the biggest challenge in regards to starting your own clothing line?
"Balancing school and doing this at the same time has been the biggest challenge. Making clothing is a very demanding process, so you need to be on point with what you're saying and how to problem solve. Basically, making clothing is all problem solving. It's just really time consuming. But if you have time set and prioritized it can be done! Also, the prototype stagers was pretty difficult, and of course coming up wit the designs in general was a challenge."
Photography via Tera Gaines