The Stylistic features conversations about fashion, art and lifestyle with a variety of interesting gents. Today we introduce you to suit designer and comedian Ryan Lumas of Los Angeles, California. We discuss his job as a suit designer, how he got into comedy, and his plan to start a plus size men's clothing line.
Tell us a little about yourself. I did a bit of searching and found that you're a comedian?
Yes I am! I've been doing comedy for about 4 years now, and I'm actually about to hit the road – I'm performing in San Diego California. I'm also a custom suit designer for a company called Klein Epstein & Parker.
How did you get into comedy?
It started after I got out of the Navy in 2008. I was bored with Facebook so I started doing VLOGS. A producer from MTV and a writer from TV One saw my videos, and suggested I give it a try.
Nice – so you've been doing this for a while. Do you have any specific goals with what you're doing as a comedian, or is it more of a labor of love?
It's more of a labor of love – if something comes of it, then so be it.
Where do you get the inspiration for your comedy?
My life is my inspiration!
What else can you tell us about Klein Epstein & Parker, the company you design custom suits for?
KEP started in 2011. It's named after the managers of the Beatles, Elvis, & The Rolling Stones. We believe that they were innovators in music and we want to be innovators in fashion. 90% of what we do is custom made to measure suits, but we call them "fashion pieces" because they're so versatile. For example, one of our 3 piece suits can be worn 7 different ways.
It sounds like you focus on offering some suiting options with style that won't break the bank.
Exactly! For the average price of an "off the rack" suit, you can get a complete custom one from us. You pick the fabric, lining, buttons, color of felt under the collar, even the thread color, and all of our buttons are fully functional. Nothing changes the price except the fabric you choose.
Since the suits are made to measure, you can make any size. Have you done many suits for bigger guys?
We can fit almost anybody. We've done several NFL athletes & those guys are HUGE.
You'd mentioned in our email correspondence that your dream is to start a plus size men's clothing line.
Yes, that's my ultimate goal. It's hard for us big guys to find good, quality clothes that fit well. I'm a size 40 in pants, with a 30" inseam, and choices are slim for me! It seems like most stores only carry sizes to 36 or 38. If they do have a 40 or up, it has a 34" inseam.
What's a style tip you live by that you'd like to share with our readers?
Get your clothes tailored. A well tailored blazer, shirt, or pair of pants looks great, and having it tailored is inexpensive.
Hobbies, vices, and heroes – choose one or answer them all:
Hobby: I love to cook!
Vice: I'm a shoe-aholic
Hero: My pastor
Follow Ryan on Twitter @RyanLumas
And when you find them...its a small fortune for like one thing! I don't take THAT much extra fabric. It's utterly ridiculous!
We've got you covered Conor: http://chubstr.com/2011/resources/hats-for-big-heads-where-to-shop-when-one-size-doesnt-fit-all/