We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Ransom and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryan, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve wanted to start a brand my entire life, but it wasn’t until the lockdown of 2020 that I was forced to make it a reality. At the time I was a freelance creative working in the fashion industry, doing everything from photography to styling until all my work went from being rescheduled to canceled. So after a few weeks of being stuck in the house unable to work, I started to create. This was back before masks were abundant everywhere and my parents were both essential workers at the time, so I figured I’d make some for my family. I started cutting up old fabric and making patterns in my studio, posting the process on my IG story throughout the night. By morning I woke up and had requests from what felt like half the city for one. The demand kept coming and I had the time, so I started making them by the 100’s each week. A company out of NYC found out what I was doing and started sending me supplies to help donate as many as I could to hospitals and homeless shelters in my neighborhood. Everything was happening so fast but I never wanted to be known as the mask guy, so I started slipping in new products – first a bandana, then a hoodie. Before I knew it, I had a whole collection on my hands and I decided to go for it. My friend and I went on a road trip to the Southwest and shot my first lookbook in the desert. Finally all the hard work I had been doing for other brands my whole life paid off and I began doing it for myself. It was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done but I’ve never felt that type of energy flowing through me before.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It wasn’t easy getting to where I am today but I’m all about the journey. I’ve been working in the e-commerce fashion industry for 10+ years being a production assistant, buyer, stylist, photographer, you name it. I’ve always offered extra help to whoever needed it, wherever I was at in my career. I wanted to learn more. It helped me grow and understand all the moving parts to running a business. I’ve faced a lot of challenges and learned a lot of lessons along my journey as well. The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Columbus is one of the fastest growing cities in the country right now. I moved back here from Brooklyn about 6 years ago and never expected I would love it so much. Most of my favorite spots around town are in the Short North Arts District and Franklinton. The Short North has plenty of great places to shop, eat and drink. Fera is my go to spot for shopping. They have some of the best brands in the country and the attention to detail on everything is crazy. Plus you can get a haircut in the back if you don’t mind waiting. Franklinton is where I spend most of my time working and hanging. I manage a photography studio “The Photo Lab” over there inside Chromedge Studios. You can also find one of my favorite food trucks “Ray Ray’s” across the street if you’re into BBQ.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I wouldn’t be here today without all the love and support from my family and friends. I always chose to lean into the unknown even though it can be uncomfortable at times. The people I surround myself with always encouraged me to continue moving forward and gave me the foundation I needed to pursue my dreams.
Instagram: @rookieransom & @ransomsupply
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