This New Shoe Designer Is Destined To Be The Next Big Thing

You know that moment when you see a shoe you just have to have? You think about it. You Instagram it. You tweet about it. Well, we found 10. Welcome our official pick for the new It shoe designer, Richard Braqo, who will be launching his very own label this fall.
Braqo first came to our attention for his award-winning collaborations with Cesare Paciotti. No wonder, as he's a bit of a prodigy — hailing from Ghana, Braqo (born Richard Kwame Brako) moved to NYC at 18 and studied at Parsons, before going on to work with the likes of Ikram Goldman, Acne Studios, and Helmut Lang. Oh, and his own custom creations are a favorite of Rihanna.
His crazy-unique debut is in line with fall’s gothic romantic trend. Talking in advance of the September release, Braqo spills on some of the styles “The premiere collection is about juxtaposing the masculine details of a modern men’s brogue with the feminine silhouette of a sharp five-inch stiletto. A fusion of something as classic and timeless as a pointy pump with a touch of the unfamiliar using elements such as ‘the ankle bangle’ and ‘the pearled spear’ as ornate details that refashion existing ideas about where accessories are placed.” Designing for next-level, luxe shoe lovers — including those of you with fine Italian artisan requirements — expect a sophisticated color palette of sapphire, moss, and cobalt. Though we all know a collection isn’t complete without a typical black and gold style, too, we’re not expecting anything ‘typical’ about it — didn’t you hear him, “pearled spear”…
Photo: Courtesy of Richard Braqo/Charlene Laidley Luxury Brand Management

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