The Influencer: Ryan Lopes

Freelance Creative Director

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I love to make my style personal and classic. I start with either a top or a pair of bottoms, as one can rely on the other – tailored trousers pair well with a more oversized garment above or something that has a bit more structure. I deniably live in Levi’s, loafers, Nike’s, and my favorite Martiniano glove shoes.

We’re spoiled with all four seasons here in New England, so in the cooler months I rely on layers, turtlenecks, solid colors, and shorter length coats with an occasional hat. In the warmer months, it’s linen, lots of Levi’s, lighter button-ups, and lots of bright tones. I also love raw silk and woven details.

I like to think of my outfits as conversations. When looking for a piece of clothing, I start with color, which I don’t wear much of. What does the color offer with items I already own? I’m also attentive to textile and structure. What is the item made out of? Who made it? And is there any particular unique element within the garment?

I love to shop vintage. I admire smaller/indie brands who are 100 percent involved in their craft, research, and production process. Na Nin is one; Garmentory is a hub for all things designer, but still small.

I am a freelance Creative Director. I direct brands and manage media platforms through styling, visual storytelling, and art direction. I love that Providence offers individuality while maintaining a space for inclusivity. I’m grateful for my own pace where I can work and express creativity without much input of who may be creating the same mediums that I aim to project. I’m also a proud employee at Bolt Coffee, working and networking with so many like-minded individuals who support me entirely. It still feels very much like home, while feeding me lots of creativity.

Instagram has become an exceptional platform of personal discovery. I love people who collect personal classics and designer items, curate and sell to their audience. @LuciaZolea is amazing as well as @NaNinVintage for everyday inspiration. My friends through media and in my day-to-day are well styled and I’m grateful for their efforts. Also, the older people of Providence – so elegant!