Written by Kahren Torosyan Photo Credit: Aaryn Griggs
As a Communication student, Aaryn is used to learning about the world of media and telling a story. Thus, her passion project and work as a visionary artist go hand-in-hand.
Aaryn, along with her sisters, owns a fashion and lifestyle brand called Ambition Is Ageless. Additionally, Aaryn has her own branch of this brand called Ageless Collection, where she brings her love for the beach into the collection.
Their brand has been growing since its launch from a few years ago and it's exciting to watch it all unfold. In addition to the brand itself, Aaryn is also in charge of running the brand's social media. On Instagram, @amibitonisagless, followers can not only shop for products but also get inspired by the moodboard-style feed and images. All-in all, Ambition Is Ageless is a great brand with an inspiring message everyone can relate to.
Tell us a little about yourself and what you do: My name is Aaryn Griggs and I am obsessed with everything fashion, beach, and beauty. I currently am working on establishing a streetwear brand called Ambition Is Ageless with sisters, as well as my own spin off called the ageless collection thats focused more on my Malibu and beach obsession. My sisters and I decided to create a fashion street wear brand that gives people the realization they can do anything at any age while have a minimalistic fashionable style!
What advice would you give someone starting out? It’s going to seem like forever for your work to start getting noticed but it will! Just keep doing what you’re doing and be consistent and make sure your heart is in it and you are staying true to you! People will see right through your intentions and if your heart's not in it, giving up will cross your mind frequently. Do not ever give up on a dream because it’s getting hard. A dream can easily become your reality if you are persistent and you want it bad enough.
What is the best advice you were ever given about what you do (and where did you hear it)? Stay true to your main idea and who you are. I heard it from my family and the founder of a brand I love. People in the industry are so quick to copy, so if you stay true to your idea and who you are, people will never be able to do anything like you, and you will always be a step ahead of those who are trying to copy. Also, by staying true to the brand's core, people will fall in love with not only the brand but the people who created it, too.
Where do you go to relax or find peace in the city? I tend to go to the beach to relax and ease my mind, I love the beach and just laying out soaking up the sun in my swimsuit or big/oversized hoodie.
How do you balance work/life? Balancing work and life can be a little difficult because I work from my phone and laptop most of the time which is what I also use while relaxing, but I definitely make sure I plan my week out the Sunday before it starts. I keep up with work during the day, and keep my nights and weekends for myself. I have at least one self-care night to myself!
While Aaryn is a fellow classmate and friend of mine, it was fun interviewing her because we got to focus on her passion-project and discuss the how-to’s of starting a brand. It was also nice getting to hear about how she balances student/work life since we are all in a similar boat. No matter what kind of hobby or side project students have, I am sure they can all find something in common with Aaryn’s story - I know I can!