Creative Producer: Johnson Gold // @johnson_gold
Photographer: Ollie Ali // @mrollieali
Talent: Rico Sanches // @rarefabrics
Wardrobe Pull: PAUSE Magazine Team
Wardrobe Stylist: Rico Sanches // @rarefabrics
Fashion Assistant: Nathan Lambert // @nathaneazariah
Interview:Johnson Gold // @johnson_gold
Location: Paris, France
“I was my own captain in a sea of close mindedness.”
Rico Sanches, who is most commonly known as Rare Fabrics online, is a multifaceted creative that hails from Washington DC, exuding the aura of a modern-day fashion success story. A master of trades, the renowned model, stylist, and clothing designer has quickly become a mainstay in the industry, working closely with the likes of luxury Moroccan fashion house Casablanca and up-and-comer Luar, with the world firmly being at his well-travelled feet.
Taking a moment to recollect with PAUSE, Sanches discusses the blurred lines between gendered clothing, overcoming adversity, and what lies behind the clothes themselves.
Check it out below.
Tell us your name and what you do for a living?
My name is Rico Sanches and I am currently a model, a stylist, and a clothing designer. My art form is personal style.
What was most recent womenswear piece you bought?
My most recent womenswear piece actually ain’t something that I purchased, a lot of my friends have been giving me free stuff from their brands lately. My most recent one is this top from a friend of mines brand in London called ‘Paradigm Shift’. It’s a baby blue long sleeve crop top with the shoulders exposed. I love the design, the silhouette and colour of it. A true androgynous piece that fits perfectly with everything I’ve been saying about why I love womenswear.
You’ve achieved great things through modelling, and become a recognisable model for Casablanca. Tell us about your relationship with the brand, and how did it begin?
Firstly, thank you for the compliment. It warms my heart that someone, let alone an institution like PAUSE Magazine, could recognise my work on that level. The story of how I met Casablanca is a crazy one. I’ll start from the very beginning. So, it’s 2019 and some of my friends from NYC who had been to Paris Fashion Week just twice before had found out that I just got my passport. They called me and they offered me to accompany them to Paris, this time for fashion week, because they felt like with me having such a tasteful style, that Paris would love me. I was making good money at the time but I wasn’t always making good money, so I kinda wanted to save up because I knew if I went to Paris it would be a big financial commitment. So, I talked with my room mate in LA about how my friends from NY wanted me to come to Paris for fashion week. I told my room mate, “I don’t know I think I will stay and save my money”, and he looked at me like I was crazy. He basically told me I’d be crazy to pass up any opportunity like that knowing how talented I am at fashion and how impactful I am in the rooms that I walk into. He gave me that whole conversation and I ended up buying my flight ticket right after the conversation. So, fast forward I board my flight to Paris, I get off the plane and go directly to my Airbnb to smoke some weed. The timing was so perfect because literally as soon as I finished my blunt, my friend from NY told me that his Parisian friend said there’s a casting that’s a 10 minute walk from the Airbnb I was in and the casting ended in 20 minutes. I was so nervous because it was literally not even an hour since I arrived in Paris and I know that my style is so crazy compared to theirs, but I got up directly and went straight there. I arrived and it was the very first Casablanca show casting. I remember walking into the room and the whole room got quiet for a second, with me not knowing if they loved me or hated me yet I was still extremely nervous. I walk up to Charaf and he tells me to do a walk for him. I do the walk and he stares at me with a very interested look in his face. Seconds later, he says “can you come back tomorrow for the fitting?”. I was in shock. I hadn’t even been in Paris for an hour yet and I landed a runway show. Paris was my first time ever leaving America. My second day ever leaving America I was at the Casablanca casting. My third time out of America was walking the runway show, it’s crazy to think how far me and Casablanca have come since then. Charaf and the Casablanca team gave me my first chance in Paris and I will forever be grateful for them. We’re literally family now.
What is next for you?
I am in the early process of starting my own clothing brand called Rain In Parí. I’m actually not a model. I’m actually not a stylist. My passion and end goal is clothing design. I truly believe I have something to offer to the world with this outlet. If you love my style imagine the love I can bring out of you from a clothing item from my brain. It took me a while to get the foundation started but I have officially started, and I’m going to work with what I’ve got. There’s always thoughts of failure but hopefully with God, my demographic, and my taste, there should be no way that I can really lose. I am creating my first drop as we speak, I can’t wait to share it with you all, with love and grace.