The Greats Story
In 2007 Jon and Ryan had discussed an early idea for GREATS but didn't do anything with it. Then, in late 2012 they got together and said, "What if?"
What if we built an online-only men's footwear brand that made high quality product and sold it direct to the consumer at a value price in comparison to other brands in the same categories? Seven weeks later they quit their day jobs, raised some money, and here we are today. The GREATS team is made up of an army of two and a few really passionate, smart, willing to do whatever it takes freelancers that, frankly, keep the ship moving in the right direction. At the moment, we're splitting the duties in Los Angeles and New York, but that will change soon enough.
We're passionate about building a brand that we will be proud of and that can only be done if you're proud to wear it. It's ok to buy status, just don't overpay.
Jon's biggest passion other than designing shoes is food and once ate at Peter Lugers twice in one day. Jon has traveled to over 40 countries in the past 10 years and favorite city, other than home town NY, is Paris. If he had one choice for a car for the rest of his time on earth, Jon would prefer a Icon FJ44. "Every guy needs a pair of jeans 20 yrs old or more, a custom made white shirt for any occasion and an iPod with every Biggie Smalls song on it" JB
Ryan's favorite summer treat is mashing Blood Orange sherbert into a cold glass of milk. Try it, you'll be amazed! In 1996, Ryan signed Kanye West to his 1st ever professional producing job for LA Based Correct Records. His dream car is an ultra clean 1987 16v VW Scirocco in triple black. "Everyman needs a great watch, a scent that he can live in for life and should know how to Sabre a champagne bottle" RB