2021 40 Under 40 award recipient: RC Caylan

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RC Caylan. Courtesy 616 Media

RC Caylan, 39

Creative director, fashion designer, founder

RC Caylan Atelier LLC

RC Caylan’s passion for fashion is woven into his DNA. He is the son and grandson of women who worked as seamstresses in the Philippines. That influence is visible in the type of clothing he designs.

“(I am) inspired by the female physique and glamour,” he said. “(I) put more emphasis on women’s fashion. Being very sensitive to my female clientele’s wardrobe desires and needs, producing a masterpiece on each project is (my) constant objective. (I am) your meticulous kind of designer.”

Caylan opened his first brick-and-mortar business, RC Caylan Atelier LLC, last year at the Breton Village Mall in Grand Rapids after enjoying continuous success in the fashion design industry.

His designs have been worn by more than 100 celebrities including Grammy Award winners Carrie Underwood and Erika Ender; Emmy Award winners Anne Winters, Anne Heche, Maye Musk, Monique Coleman and Heather Hemmens; and actress and philanthropist Holly Robinson Peete and more.

Caylan’s works have appeared in numerous publications around the world including British Vogue, Glamour Bulgaria, Grazia UE, Cosmopolitan Mexico, L’Officiel Australia, Basic Magazine, CBS Watch! magazine, d4mag and more.

While he is enjoying the success of his career and striving to become better at his craft, Caylan also is giving back to his community. Biannually, he hosts fundraiser fashion show events to help various organizations throughout West Michigan.

RC Caylan Atelier also is a member of the Grand Rapids Chamber, which supports over 2,350 business in West Michigan.

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