RICHARD BRAQO

WINNER OF THE 2016 WGSN FUTURES AWARD FOR BREAKTHROUGH FOOTWEAR AND ACCESSORIES DESIGNER OF THE YEAR, LONDON BASED DESIGNER RICHARD BRAQO WAS A RECIPIENT OF THE CESARE PACIOTTI ACCESSORIES AWARD UPON COMPLETING A BFA AT THE PRESTIGIOUS PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN IN NEW YORK CITY IN 2010. RICHARD NOW DESIGNS AN EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION OF BESPOKE SHOES MADE IN ITALY FROM THE FINEST MATERIALS AND CRAFTED BY THE SAME ARTISANS THAT DELIVER IMPECCABLE QUALITY TO THE LIKES OF ARMANI, ALAIA AND PRADA.

FAVOURING A SOPHISTICATED COLOUR PALETTE FUSED WITH SUBVERSIVE CONCEPTS, HIS DESIGNS ARE DRAPED AND MOULDED IN SUMPTUOUS TEXTURES SUCH AS BUFFED NUBUCK, VELVET, SUEDE AND PONYSKIN WITH INTRICATELY DESIGNED ACCESSORIES AND HEELS, CATERING TO A DISCERNING DRESSER WITH REFINED TASTE IN MODERN FOOTWEAR. HAVING LIVED IN NEW YORK, PARIS, CANADA, GHANA AND LONDON WHERE HIS COMPANY RUNS MOST OF IT’S OPERATIONS, BRAQO’S AESTHETIC IS DRAWN FROM A MYRIAD OF CULTURES WITH CLIENTELE INCLUDING TALENTS SUCH AS MADONNA, JAMIE WINSTONE, NICOLE SCHERZINGER AND ELIE GOULDING, TO NAME A FEW. BRAQO ALSO COLLABORATED ON A SPRING SUMMER 2014 COLLECTION WITH SWEDISH BRAND &OTHER STORIES SELLING AT FLAGSHIP STORES WORLDWIDE AND WAS NOMINATED IN POWERLIST 2015 AS ONE OF UK’S ‘RISING STARS’ UNDER 30. HIS WELL HEELED WOMAN CAMPAIGN SEASONALLY HIGHLIGHTS THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF STORIED WOMEN IN AND AROUND THE CREATIVE FIELDS WITH AN EMPHASIS ON HIS FEARLESS AND INSPIRING MUSES.

RICHARD’S DESIGNS HAVE ALSO BEEN INTERNATIONALLY FEATURED IN VOGUE, ELLE, WONDERLAND MAGAZINE, WWD, DRAPERS, GRAZIA AND MANY MORE PUBLICATIONS WITH HIS FIRST FASHION FILM DEBUTING ON STYLE.COM, NOW VOGUERUNWAY.COM. HIS COLLECTIONS HAVE BEEN NOTED IN HARPERS’ BAZAAR AND ENDORSED BY ITALIAN VOGUE’S FRANCA SOZZANI AS ONE OF THE YOUNG TALENTS TO WATCH. AFTER ONLY A FEW COLLECTIONS UNDER HIS BELT, HIS DESIGNS HAVE ALREADY BEEN EULOGISED AT THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM IN NEW YORK AS PART OF THE MUSEUMS ‘KILLER HEELS’ EXHIBIT TOURING THE UNITED STATES.