I decided to start this journal for what I believe are a few good reasons. First of all, I have never done anything like this before and thought to give it a try. Might be fun! Another being able to connect with everyone in a more personal way by sharing my interests and inspirations, along with a behind-the-scenes look at the label with the intent to create a strong community of people who appreciate and have a passion for all quality made goods and beautiful design. Topped off with a healthy dose of cool.
For this first entry, I would like to formally introduce myself and share my background.
My name is Ryan Sneden. Originally from Long Island, New York, currently living in New York City. I am the co-founder of RYAN ORIGINALS.
My career in the fashion industry started over 20 years ago, soon after graduating from The School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where I concentrated my studies in both photography and sculpture. Personal works also included collage pieces shown at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Sotheby’s in New York.
I started working freelance in 2003 at Ralph Lauren, Polo Jeans thanks to a good friend at the time, doing any odd jobs that needed to be taken care of from organizing clothing archive closets, and painting showrooms to also photographing them. I was happy to do it.
After some time there and getting acquainted with the designers and staff, I was asked to work on a new “paint-splattered” jean program.
The first 500 pairs that I had hand-painted were very well received, quickly selling out. This started my journey as an independent production artist and designer where soon after I would lend my sewing and hand-painting skills as the Limited Edition Artist for over a decade to Ralph Lauren’s Double RL brand, RRL.
In 2010, I also co-founded the menswear label Scout Original, taking an approach to using vintage pieces combined with hand embellishing and sustainable materials to create and give new life to rare garments. Collections were sold at Barneys for multiple seasons and also at luxury boutique stores in London and Japan. Regular contributor of work to Vogue magazine, Interview, and Japanese editorials like Free & Easy and Clutch magazine after dissolving of the label in 2018.
After taking a few years off from the fashion world to concentrate on starting a family, as well as sewing for a luxury yacht manufacturer, my family and I moved back home to the city we love and our home, New York to create RYAN ORIGINALS.