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The life and fashion of real estate agent Ryan Messer

– Words by Susan Lundy Photographs by Don Denton

good style to me, it’s anything that makes you feel good about yourself. Once you’ve accomplished that, no one can tell you otherwise,” Ryan says.

And his personal style?

“Outside of work, I like to keep things casual: skinny jeans, designer sneakers, black T-shirts, a nice watch and ALWAYS my Tom Ford sunglasses.”

Ryan grew up in the Okanagan and played provincial and premier level rugby throughout high school and for years after.

“I got into real estate because I have a sales personality and a passion for helping people,” Ryan says. “I also wanted a career that would give me time to do the things I love, which are hiking with my dog, mountain biking, road biking and travelling.”

Ryan’s work ethic of “not giving up until the job is done or not slacking off in the process” coupled with a strong problem solving ability has led to his success.

When asked what are the biggest life lessons he’s learned recently, Ryan replies, “Be yourself and make yourself comfortable being alone once in a while. The things you can do and enjoy at your own pace are extremely empowering. Other than that, surround yourself with people with a similar mindset and interests, and especially people who you consider to be more successful than you. It pushed me to work harder, learn new skills, and stay positive throughout life.


Uniform: Jeans, good sneakers, T-shirt, blazer.

Favorite jeans, brand and fit: Neuw Jeans: Iggy Skinny (tapered, of course).

Current attire: Desoto short sleeve button down shirt.

Favorite pair of shoes: St Laurent leather trainers.

Best New Buy: Matinique sports jacket from Hughes Clothing.

Favorite day bag: OXFORD messenger bag.

Accessory you spend the most money on: Watches.

Favorite work tool: Passion planner.

Sunglasses: Tom Ford.

Indulgence needed: Gucci ghost chain bracelet.

Scent: The Santal 33 Lab.

Favorite hair product: Agiva Sea Salt Spray.

Reading material

Favorite style blog: Men’s Fashion Post.

Coffee table book/photography book: Boulevard magazine Where Modern Home Magazine.

Last good read: The 48 laws of power by Robert Greene.

Currently Reading: The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness by Eric Jorgenson.

Favorite book of all time: Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins.

Style Inspiration & Life

Icon Style: Anderson .Paak.

Favorite artist: Zach Langer, Vernon, or Michael Goodwin, Victoria.

Favorite fashion designer or brand: Virgil Abloh.

Favorite musician: J.Cole.

Favorite local restaurant: Boom & Batten for leisure; Zambri is for formal(ish).

Favorite cocktail or wine: Negroni / Tignanello Super Tuscan.

Currently rotating album: by Kendrick Lamar Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.

Favorite city to visit: Prague, Czechoslovakia.

Favorite hotel: Fairmont Pacific Rim.

Favorite app: Spotify.

Favorite place around the world: Victoria, BC

Story reprinted courtesy of Boulevard Magazine, a publication of Black Press Media

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