Mexican Designer Ricardo Seco Puts Out Epic Huichol-Inspired New Balances for NYFW

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Bye, Riccardo Tisci. There’s another Ricardo giving sneaker classics a high-end reinterpretation and we’re feeling them more than those Air Force 1s. Sorry not sorry.

The man in question is Torreon-native Ricardo Seco, a Mexican menswear designer who made his NYFW debut just 2 years ago. After twelve years a businessman in Mexico under his belt, Seco made a sharp career swerve when he decided to quit his job and pursue his interest in fashion. Since then, he’s developed a track record of dope creative partnerships. As the Creative Director of Converse Mexico, for example, he was able to merge his original designs with the company’s iconic Chuck Taylor sneaker. And for his NYFW Fall/Winter collection, he collaborated with New Balance to create custom-made shoes inspired by the intricate, colorful beaded artwork of Mexico’s Huichol community. You’ve all seen those beaded skulls:

It’s unclear who exactly did the beadwork on these shoes (was it actual Huichol artisans? and will they benefit at all from this collaboration?) — but I can’t pretend I’m not dying to cop a pair. So far no word on where we can buy them, but we’re keeping our eyes are peeled for tweets from either Ricardo or New Balance MX for leads.