Comedian Ryan LumasThe 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?Ryan Lumas' second look
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.

In the desert with Ryan LumasWhat'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

 

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Kamala Lane
Kamala Lane

This dude is stylin! His clothes are sharp as the look on his face! WERK

Lalabound
Lalabound

I LUV his look!  His preference for all black with splashes of color throughout is catchy! He obviously has impeccable taste in bags. I'm so dying over the Ted Baker bag in that second photo.  He rocks!

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I've shopped old navy and seems like they are one of the only people that try remotely to cater to plus size mens clothing, however i find their jeans fit wonderful through the thigh area but not so much through the legs... i wear a 46 to where the jeans fit they look good, but i have found that the leg area they use too much fabric... even when I've tried their slim & skinny jeans. I just wish that they would test more and try making them look more tailored, without them being to tight or to big through the leg. I feel like a lot of stores really don't pay attention to this side of the size spectrum, probably because it costs them money. You don't see very many extended sizes in store for some reason and what you do find a lot of the time is over sized generic clothing basically drapes which seems like they guessed at what the size it might look like. Although stores like Casual Male XL has decent clothing... and you can find most extended sizes, its completely over priced, and since I'm young i do feel like they don't have styles current with younger generations, feel sorta like shopping with my dad. Although  it might seem like I'm bitter, not gonna lie kinda am I'll take what i can get and make it work, just wish some of these companies would pay us big guys and gals a little more attention and give us something stylish current and with a great fit!
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