Five Minutes With: Richard Braqo
It sort of happened by accident. As part of my thesis apparel collection at Parsons, I happened to win the accessories award for my shoe design which led to a collaboration with Cesare Paciotti that led to me starting my own brand.
WHAT INSPIRES YOUR WORK?
Women first and foremost and most of my design elements are pulled from my own experiences. But also music art literature, astrology and film.
IS THERE A SPECIFIC PAIR OF SHOES FROM A PARTICULAR DESIGNER THAT YOU WISH YOU HAD DESIGNED, A PAIR THAT STANDOUT AS THE PERFECT SHOE?
There aren’t a specific pair of shoes I wish I’d designed but Tom Ford had some pretty epic satin bamboo heels that are still a favorite of mine.
WHAT KIND OF WOMAN IS THE RICHARD BRAQO WOMAN?
Audacious irreverent and sharp.
DO YOU HAVE A MUSE?
Giovanna Battaglia and Tilda Swinton both have great style that inspires me.
WHAT SHOE TREND DO YOU WANT TO SEE DISAPPEAR?
I’m not the biggest fan of a really squared toe…
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU IN 2013? I’ll be expanding my list of stockists to accommodate the different range of international requests we’re getting. And some more shoes of course!