Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Bean Boot Project: Ryan Willms of Inventory Magazine Guest Post

As publications around the world continue to literally stop the presses and move solely online, Inventory Magazine (formerly h(y)r Collective Magazine) has blazed forward creating one of the most fascinating brands in menswear.  Ryan Willms, Inventory's Creative Director, is a true visionary who is helping lead a revolution in menswear.  Both the publication and their store, the Inventory Stockroom, are constantly breaking new ground and proving that a little hard work and passion goes a long way.  No matter who you talk to, you're likely to hear only wonderful things about Ryan and his brand.  As far as I am concerned, a gold standard has been set.  I can't think of many brands so involved with the menswear community and who absolutely understand their customers/readers.  I'm always preaching about people who are doing things right; it just so happens Ryan and Inventory are leaders in this category.

Hailing from Vancouver Ryan understands how to dress for inclement weather.  His Bean boots are a "fall essential" and are featured in Inventory's first issue.  Ryan sent over an edit from one of the issue's photo shoots and a great picture of his own boots.

[Excerpt from Inventory Updates 10/31/09]

"No surprises here, I’ll probably mention these boots come each rainy season. The Bean boots have a rich and interesting history I’m not going to get into today. Besides the fact they just plain look great, they are probably one of the best all around shoes you could have on hand. They’re affordable, you don’t worry about them getting wet, they keep you warm and they look just as good on you as your dad, grandpa or son. My 8″ Bean boots have made their fall debut this week and have been immediately put into heavy use as the drop in temperature and rainfall was an unfortunate turn. The high boot is great for the depths of winter with a GoreTex lining, but I’ve been interested in picking up a pair of the low cut mocs to match. They are slightly more ideal for spring, but when the rain is light and the mercury rises a little, they are a great weekend option for cruising the town or a vineyard."


[Note: Head here for the project's backstory. Also, If you are reading this and I requested a submission from you or if you would just like to participate please feel free to submit (contact via email). Your participation, as always, is still much anticipated and appreciated.] 


  1. Are those custom eyelets or something? Never seen 'em on a pair of Bean Boots before, but I like/want.

  2. That's a lot of magazines they've got there

  3. boom. exceptional photos, good stuff my man.

  4. Would not expect anything less from Willms.

  5. Great post. Ryan and the boys are definitely doing it big @ Inventory.

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