updated 06/22/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/22/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Bryan Bantry, 24, can afford to swathe virtually the entire Ivy League in his beloved preppy attire, thanks to his earnings as a high-fashion agent. His clients—photographers, hairstylists, makeup artists—work for magazines like Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, collecting top-of-the-line fees ($5,000 per photo, $1,000 per primping session). Bantry's cut ranges between 20 and 25 percent; in addition, he has invested in the chic Demarchelier eateries in Manhattan, whose habitués include Woody Allen, Tatum O'Neal, Warren Beatty and the sisters Hemingway. Bryan was born in Miami—he refuses to identify his father, but his mother is ex-model Soames Bantry—and raised in Europe and New York, where he was himself a child model. Though he uses his mother's surname, Bryan has been estranged from her since 16, when he moved out to begin his career as a rep. From a first-year gross of $3,000 (augmented by answering phones and doing laundry for a beauty parlor), he has built an income that he claims is "in the mid-six figures" and recently bought an East Side coop. Lately the bachelor has also been developing movie scripts because, he says, "I want to produce wonderful romantic comedies." Despite his old-school tastes, Bantry never went to college. "That," he observes, "would have just postponed my life."