Client Makeover: Mr. Hollywood Agent

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It’s time for another client makeover. This go-round I am working with Ryan, a regular client of mine. Ryan is a Hollywood talent agent and has recently undergone a dress code change. The last time we worked together it was all about suits, fancy shoes, and a super-professional wardrobe. Now he’s at a new agency and the dress code is a lot more relaxed.

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Ryan and I have been working together for a while now so his before is pretty stylish, but I also control his every wardrobe move. If he is considering making a purchase without me, he sends me an picture or a link to it online first. Now his BEFORE before, well that’s another story that we’ll save for another day.


I have appointed Ryan Gosling as my client’s inspiration. Ryan Gosling always seems to get it right. He has the polished/ casual thing down. I also looked to designers like Rag & Bone, Billy Reid, John Varvatos, APC, and Vince for inspiration as well.


Ryan also a requested a bit of an “edge” to his new casual wardrobe. We’ll see about that …

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Lets face it, living in LA is expensive and not everyone has buckets of money to spend on clothing. Lucky for Ryan, I am an expert shopper and was able to get him so pretty incredible deals on all of the designers I  mentioned above. I shopped at TJ Maxx‘s Runway Department for Men, Nordstrom Rack, Nordstrom, TopMan, and Zara.

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In addition to just a general wardrobe update, Ryan had a couple of items on his shopping list as well. He wanted a pair of black boots, two black belts (casual and dressy), tee shirts, shorts (for the weekend), casual dress shirts, raw denim, and a jacket. It’s important to know when to save and when to splurge. For this job I knew we couldn’t skimp on the boots because he’s going to wear them forever. I also splurged on a leather jacket for Ryan, again he’ll wear it all the time.

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What I love about my fittings with Ryan (and most of my male clients, actually) is that he lets me be the boss. If there is a shirt he is having doubts about, he’ll get it anyways if I say its awesome. Never fails that a few days later he is gushing over the shirt and number of compliments he got on it. The above shirt is one of those shirts.

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We busted through an entire rack in a few hours and in the end he had a ton of stuff to add to his closet.

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Another happy client! Ryan walked away with a pair of black boots, two black belts, three jackets (denim, leather, and a pea coat), raw denim jeans, tee shirts for days (too many to count), two sweaters, and a handful of button up shirts. And we came in a few dollars under budget.

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