One day before he was due in Flowery Branch for the start of training camp, Matt Ryan took an afternoon to focus on fashion, not football. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback stopped by the Banana Republic store in Lenox Square to debut the company’s new Rapid Movement Chino pants—a more flexible, and flashier version of the classic men’s trouser (the pants have stretch for easier movement and are water and stain resistant). Ryan is one of four athletes to comprise Banana Republic’s new Men’s Style Council; along with New York Yankees shortshop Didi Gregorius, Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum, and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, he’ll serve as a brand ambassador and appear in the store’s ad campaigns. At the celebration of his new fashionable role, Ryan told us about his long history with Banana Republic, favorite Atlanta food spots, and how he bounced back from February’s Super Bowl heartbreaker to approach the 2017 season.

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Established in 2013, RAGTRADE ATLANTA is committed to developing a sustainable fashion industry for the city of Atlanta. Our organization aims to further the growth and interests of local and international designers in four key areas: Business Development, Scholarship Awards/Grants, Reputation, and Innovation & Tech.

Since its inception, RAGTRADE ATLANTA continues to provide leadership through strategic and creative programming to re-position Atlanta’s fashion industry as a key player in the global fashion space. RAGTRADE ATLANTA organizes the city’s official fashion week, showcasing the best of local and international emerging fashion designer collections to a diverse audience including press, buyers and consumers. RAGTRADE ATLANTA also manages a yearlong curated events calendar featuring exclusive listings of fashion-focused events hosted by key community leaders.