Realtor Ryan Messer’s life and fashion

– Words by Susan Lundy Photography by Don Denton

Good style to me is whatever makes you feel comfortable in your own skin. Once you accomplish that, nobody can tell you different,” says Ryan.

And his own personal style?

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

Ryan grew up in the Okanagan and played provincial- and premiership-level rugby throughout high school and for years afterwards.

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

Ryan’s work ethic of “don’t quit until the job is done or let my foot off the gas in the process,” coupled with a strong problem-solving ability, has led to his success.

Asked what are the biggest life lessons he has recently learned, Ryan says: “Be yourself and get comfortable being alone now and then. The things you can accomplish and enjoy in your own time are immensely empowering. Outside of that, surround yourself with people of a similar mindset and interests, and especially people you consider to be more successful than you. Doing this has driven me to work harder, adopt new skills and keep positive energy throughout life.”


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

Favorite denim, brand and cut: Neuw Jeans: Iggy Skinny (tapered-up, of course).

Current go-to clothing item: Desoto short-sleeved button-up.

Favorite pair of shoes: St. Laurent leather sneakers.

Best new purchase: Matinique sports coat 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.

Necessary indulgence: Gucci Ghost Chain Bracelet.

Scent: Le Labo Santal 33.

Favorite hair product: Agiva Sea Salt Spray.

Reading Material

Fave style blog: Men’s Fashion Post.

Coffee table book/photography book: Boulevard Magazine hrs Modern Home Mag.

Last great read: The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene.

Book 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 Inspirations & Life

Style icon: 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 casual; Zambri’s for formal(ish).

Favorite cocktail or wine: Negroni / Tignanello Super Tuscan.

Album on current rotation: Kendrick Lamar’s mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.

Favorite city to visit: Prague, Czechoslovakia.

Favorite hotel: Fairmont Pacific Rim.

Favorite app: Spotify.

Favorite place in the whole world: Victoria, BC.

Story courtesy of Boulevard Magazine, a Black Press Media publication

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