Soul mates or soul mates? Brooklyn’s Ronald Dyson found himself at the cutting edge thanks to his wife’s penchant for designer shoes. But his partner’s spending spree also rekindled his own passion for fashion. After all, Dyson has always boasted a talent for art and design—he initially left New York to study architecture in Virginia. Eventually, he managed to run a successful construction company. Dyson still runs the company today, but his dream to design fashion could not be denied.
“I’ve made up my mind, let me call again [with the] fashion is part of my passion – what I always wanted to do,” he said. “So I did some research. I started researching some of the major luxury designers or the type of fabrics or different manufacturers they use. It took me about three years to really lock down what direction I wanted to take.”
In 2019, the self-taught Dyson rolled the dice with Ron Dyce, his fashion brand. Growing up in the church, he always wanted to make gold-soled shoes to symbolize the scripture about heaven’s streets paved with gold. Dyson had less success, but the pandemic soon hit.
While others were learning to bake or play an instrument, he understood the intricacies of intellectual property laws and secured a long-term patent for gold-soled shoes. Dyson soon expanded into designing clothes, compelled by the tailored suits his late father always wore. He focused on women’s pieces and soon a few photoshoots put him on the map. A publicist noticed and Ron Dyce’s popularity exploded. Today @officialrondyce has over 130,000 followers on Instagram.
“Between 2021 and now, I’ve been featured over 100 times in over 60 fashion magazines in that short time, so it kind of caught on,” said Dyson. “People love my designs and styles.”
Last year, he presented his women’s collection at New York Fashion Week thanks to the brand’s early success. This year, Dyson is holding his own show on February 12th in Brooklyn. He hopes to showcase his “ultimate collection” that features all four seasons—it is New York City, after all.
He displays his pieces in his studio in East New York. Dyson pulls out three full racks of clothes, from bedazzled dresses to sleek corduroy jackets. As for his personal favorite pieces? He picks out two blazers. One boasts a distinctive animal print. The other glitters like fish scales.
“I’m here to set the record straight that we’re really, really going to take this fashion by storm, and I plan to be around for a long time to pass it down generation after generation,” Dyson said.
You can find Ronald Dyson clothing at http://www.ron-dyce.com/
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