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We’re back for our fifth (and final) year as proud supporters of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and its winners and runners-up—as in, three on-the-rise designers whose names you’ll want to commit to memory. Get to know them…and get a look at the limited-edition collections they created exclusively for J.Crew.

Meet the Runner-up: Sweater Designer Ryan Roche

WHO: Ryan Roche
WHAT: Sweaters
ESTABLISHED: 2011
HOMETOWN: Sun Valley, Idaho

SIGNATURE DETAILS: Insanely luxe, pale-pink knits
OFF-DUTY PASTIMES: Cooking and gardening  

IF SHE WEREN’T A DESIGNER, SHE’D BE: Raising horses

YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW: Her studio is a converted barn 90 miles outside of New York City.

“Why pink? Because it’s so perfectly neutral, yet so perfectly not.”
Ryan Roche

At J.Crew HQ


“I’ve never done this exact shade of pink before. It has a little bit more purple in it.”

Inside Her Studio

Roche’s toy poodle, Pony. “He’s my muse. He follows me around everywhere.”


The Ryan Roche for J.Crew collection. “I love all the pieces from the J.Crew collaboration, but my favorite is probably the simple big-rib sweater.”
 Shop the collection.

The designer’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund application, in her trademark pale pink.


“Growing up, the women in my family were always knitting. My great-grandmother even had a handloom in her house.”
Roche and her family outside their home, a 17th-century farmhouse that she’s restoring with her husband, Garrett. “I love the Grandma vibe here.”

“My kids weave in and out of my studio all day, and that’s what I love about my life. Even though I work a lot, I’m so close to home—I always get to see my family.”

And Now, Ryan Roche Answers Some J.Crew Q’s

THE SECRET TO YOUR SUCCESS...
Believing in myself and lots and lots of hard work…mixed with an endless amount of love for what I do and support from my family.

PEOPLE ALWAYS TELL YOU THAT YOU LOOK LIKE…
Maria from The Sound of Music.

HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR COFFEE?
Milk and a little honey.

 YOUR “SPIRIT” EMOJI IS…
The red heart.

THE VICE YOU’LL NEVER GIVE UP:
A good glass of white wine.


Shop the entire Ryan Roche for J.Crew collection here.



Location photographs by Clément Pascal.

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Meet our other CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund collaborators, winner Paul Andrew and runner-up Eva Fehren.

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