Bryan Downey

Our Curriculum Vitae Q&A with the owner of Waylande Gregory. The great-nephew of famed ceramic sculptor, Waylande Gregory who re-launched the eponymous collection.

Astrological sign?
Capricorn

Lucky number?
11

Favorite color?
Green in theory, black in practice.

Morning, Noon, or Night?
Morning

Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner?
Lunch

Football, Baseball, or Basketball?
Football

Green Tea, Black Tea, or Herbal Tea?
Coffee

Sugar, Splenda, or Stevia?
Splenda

Red, White, or Rosé?
White

Spicy, Salty, or Sweet?
Spicy

Sandwich, Soup, or Salad?
Sandwich

Cashmere, Silk, or Linen?
Cashmere for home, linen for body.

Black, White, or Color?
Black

Is your closet messy or neat?
Neat

What’s your favorite room in your home?
Bedroom

What do you collect?
Modern art

Dream dinner guest?
Andree Putman. I’ve been seated next to her a couple of times at small private dinners and it wasn’t nearly enough. I’d love to have had the chance again.

Sunday ritual?
Sunday is the one day without rituals or planning.

Favorite flower?
Unusual orchids

Favorite scent?
It’s an oil I started buying at Fred Segal 25 years ago. It’s fresh and clean like laundry or soap but nuanced.

Cheat meal?
Nashville hot chicken…it’s a new thing for me. Where has it been my whole life?

Favorite place to escape to when you need a moment of respite?
It’s a non-answer but my favorite places to go are the places I’ve not yet been.

Talent you’d like to have?
Sing or paint…it’s a toss up.

Quality you want to be remembered by?
I hope they smile when they think of me.

Best thing about where you are from?
The idealized and best possible version of small town values that I keep in my mind.

It’s hard not to be reminiscent of the past and be distracted by the future. How do you strive to live in the moment?
The passage of time and experience help but I’m not sure I am good at it…I am a romantic and a dreamer to my core.

What does Considered Luxury mean to you?

The opposite of conspicuous consumption. The way you live your life and the things with which you surround yourself in a curated, informed and valued manner.

What was the inspiration behind starting your brand?
To introduce my uncles incredible body of work to a new generation and to keep it moving forward. I think he is looking down and happy.

Give three words that describe your brand?
Enduring, Iconic, Charming.