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Having been born and raised from a Mexican mother and Polish father in and around the city of Chicago, Cynthia Ryba grew up with a larger than life/diverse worldview.

As referenced in an old family photo, Ryba showed signs of having an artistic inclination from an early age. Her 1st recognizable drawing was that of a swan at the age of 3.  Having taken art classes from elementary school through high school, it wasn’t until she took a high school sewing class that she knew fashion was her preferred medium.

Since then Ryba earned a degree in Fashion Design winning several awards along the way such as Best Sportswear Collection from Fashion Group International and Best Senior Collection from the International Academy of Design and Technology. After gaining vital experience on the retail and buying side of the industry working for companies like Nordstrom and Claire’s Accessories, and after having freelanced for more than a decade, Ryba officially launched her namesake clothing line in 2009 through the Chicago Fashion Incubator program at Macy’s. Her line has also garned notable recognition having been featured at Chicago Fashion week at Millenium Park and on Television shows such as MTV's Underemployed.

Still, outside of design, Ryba loves to look for inspiration in other ways. It is why you'll often find mentions of others who are talented in their field of choice on her Facebook page. “I consider myself somewhat of a ‘Professional Appreciator’ and love to share what or who inspires me. I will always look at life with wonder and curiosity, always wanting to discover and learn.” says Ryba.

 

Photographer: Amy Boyle Photography