Last week, the famous-for-being-famous Khloe Kardashian tweeted about William Lynch, her now-19-year-old Cleveland florist. She also ran a Q&A with the barely-legal entrepreneur on her personal website, (but as her site has a paywall, we're not going to link to that here).
But Lynch, a student at John Carroll University, isn't fazed by all of this attention. Working with Kardashian since earlier this year, when his young company Lynch Design provided the flowers for Cavs star Tristan Thompson's birthday party, Lynch's grown used to working with high profile clients.
A couple weeks ago, Lynch Design even provided the floral arrangements for a large wedding in Akron.
"I can't tell you who that is," Lynch says from his Beachwood studio last week. "But you can look it all up on Instagram." (We did. Seems the wedding was for “Entourage” star, Jerry Ferrara).
Running Lynch Designs since 14 (his parents helped him start up the business), Lynch hires employees either in high school or college, no one is over 21.
"It's not that I don't trust people over 21," Lynch says. "It's just more fun working with people my own age."
Lynch describes his flower style as clean and full with plenty of big statement pieces. And he's always had the drive to make his designs go far. He sent a bouquet of flowers to Kardashian over Christmas, welcoming her to Cleveland, thinking he'd hear nothing more. But the TV star Snapchatted the bouquet and soon her people were reaching out to Lynch, asking for help on the birthday party.
Since that experience, the mostly untrained florist says the exposure has brought the company into the spotlight, and they're booked through the end of the summer. Then it's back to college for the young entrepreneur.
"Who knows where this will all go, but it’s so rewarding at the end of the day when you’re with everyone, and you pulled it together and you made something," Lynch says. "It’s as full time as it can be right now. It’s my life."