Hailing from the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, Ryan Haber has the Midwest charm with the East Coast mentality. Haber was born on November 21, 1983 to a middleclass family. His love for art and designing started at an early age while he was in his elementary school art class. “It really helped refine me as an artist. It allowed me to express myself creatively without wondering if I was doing something wrong. There were no boundaries.”
Throughout high school Haber’s focus shifted more towards sports, as he was the starting power forward for the Brush Arcs varsity basketball team. His artistic side did not diminish during those four years, though, as he continued honing his artistic capabilities by enrolling into art classes each semester. Haber’s disinterest in academics lead him to three different colleges where he bounced from business to architecture to industrial design. It was at the Cleveland Institute of Art where Haber finally earned his degree in interior design. Haber’s background in interior design sparked his interest in creating women’s footwear, comparing both the structure and negative space elements to that of a high-heeled shoe.
Haber began spending his downtime at Caribou Coffee in Beachwood, Ohio, sketching women’s shoes that attracted the daily crowd of fashion forward teenagers and housewives. With only a handful of amateur sketches in his portfolio, Haber was able to obtain two prestigious internships on the design teams for both Steve Madden (New York City summer of 2009) and BCBG MAXAZRIA (Los Angeles summer of 2010). It was his internship with Steve Madden that really solidified Haber’s love and passion for designing women’s shoes, crediting Steve Madden for allowing him to design openly and freely.
Since graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2011, Haber has set sail on his own to create the avant-garde women’s shoe line, Ryan Haber Collection. All of Haber’s designs start off with a blank piece of paper and turn into stunning works of art that women of all ages can flaunt and wear proudly. Each shoe is delicately hand-stitched and handcrafted in Italy with the finest of Italian leathers and elements. Haber wants his creations to be the outlet for women to feel empowered yet sexy at the same time. The brand’s tagline, “What’s Your Story?” allows women to put on Haber’s masterpieces and have their own story to tell with each strut. Haber believes that you can tell a lot about a woman by the shoes on her feet. The fashion editor in the Beverly Hills Lifestyle magazine named Haber one of the “Most Wanted” designers in 2011. His remarkable designs have landed on the feet of high-profile celebrities such as Carrie Underwood, Lisa Vanderpump, Grace Potter and Anna Paquin to name a few. Haber is the sole designer of the controversial “Vander Pump” heel for the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills superstar, Lisa Vanderpump.
The immense celebrity presence is always a plus for any designer, however, designing is not Haber’s only focus. At a young age, Haber’s parents instilled morals and values into him that will stick with him forever. Haber is a proud philanthropist who thinks it is extremely important to give back to the community. Haber has donated many shoes to organizations such as BREASTCANCER.org, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Mission Kids, Autism Speaks, In Christie’s Shoes, Magen David Adom and The Muttsquerade Ball. “It’s important to support such great causes and it’s fulfilling to know that awareness is being brought to them.”
With the uprising of Ryan Haber Collection, Haber decided to make the move from the cozy environment of the Cleveland suburbs to hard hitting New York City in 2012. Brushing shoulders with the likes of A-list stylists, fashion magazine editors and affluential socialites, Haber has been on a mission to get Ryan Haber Collection on the minds, in the hearts and on the feet of as many people as possible.