Words by Jennifer Wang
RICHARDS was founded by New York City native Sarah Leslie Richards in 2012. With a BFA in Apparel Design from RISD, she has worked with an impressive range of established designers including Proenza Schouler, Diane Von Furstenberg, Peter Som, Opening Ceremony, Doo.Ri, and Tory Burch.
The designer launched her eponymous line with a memorable S/S 13 collection of silk garments featuring hyper-real images of nature that established the brand's distinct aesthetic early on - one that reflects the influence of technology and the internet as inspiration. Her digitally rendered prints function like pieces of wearable art; they strike viewer with optical illusions and futuristic imagery in rich colors and intricate patterns.
"The line reflects my personal taste for simple shapes that showcase really interesting textiles. There is also a sense of fun and lightheartedness in my style that I hope comes across in the clothes."
Her tendency to explore experimental techniques in printing works well with the classic silhouettes that are tweaked ever so subtly with unique proportions and details. Richards custom designs each captivating print and strives to manufacture her garments locally in New York. Her whimsical prints have ranged from lush, green, organic motifs on airy silk button-ups to surreal wildlife imagery splashed across tops and bottoms through the seasons. She manages to make her garments approachable and wearable, while still making an engaging statement with innovative prints.
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