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Check Out Ryan Smith’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan Smith.

Hi Ryan, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’ve always been a creative for as long I can remember. I was the kid who always drew on all my classwork assignments, during downtime you could find me isolated drawing my favorite superheroes. I started to grow an interest for fashion by observing my mom create and develop a successful clothing line called “Detroit Girls Rock”. I had a few clothing lines in high school before I found my empire at Stay Ribelle. Stay Ribelle is a lifestyle. The true meaning behind it is always staying true to yourself, not living up to other people’s expectations of you but your own expectations of yourself, and just simply being you. I launched Stay Ribelle on my 19th birthday, October 29, 2019. I envisioned Stay Ribelle to be original and fresh, something everyone could not only wear but relate to. The amount of support I’ve received is truly amazing. I extend gratitude to everyone who supports Stay Ribelle, whether it’s purchasing items, social media sharing, anything, because without that love and support I wouldn’t be where I am today. I’ve always been my biggest critique, there’s times when I’m really hard on myself but also times where I recognize why the brand stands out because it’s a reflection of the hardworking and creativity I poured into Stay Ribelle.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Nothing good comes easy. Even with proper preparation sometimes things just doesn’t go your way. I say one of the biggest problems I have faced is trying to do everything by myself. It’s important to have a good team around you so that the areas you lack in someone else fulfill that role.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m the CEO and Creative Director for Stay Ribelle. I like to incorporate luxury fashion with a streetwear style. I’m most known for my bringing my ideas to life through fashion. This allows me to come up with pieces that are not comparable to any other brands. I’ve had the opportunity to host many successful events such as fashion shows at Michigan State University where I’m currently a junior studying creative advertising. Stay Ribelle has captured the hearts of the Metro Detroit area by having various popup shops in different venues. Stay Ribelle is making a name for itself that is not only limited to Detroit, our most recent popup was in Atlanta, Georgia at Shop FMM. When you view my catalog, not only do you see originality, you see passion and growth, which is what I am most proud of.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
Fashion is always growing. What’s here today can be gone tomorrow, and what was here yesterday can come back around in the next 5-10 years. For example, currently Rick Owens sneakers are hot right now, the Nike dunk lows, carpet material sweaters, trucker hats, etc. I expect Ed Hardy to become mainstream again, he paved the way for many artists like myself. Fashion always evolves there will be definitely be shifts and trends that just come with the industry.

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