His rich heritage goes beyond the Golden State of California, son of Panamanian/American parents; Richard Hallmarq’s creativity was nurtured early on, wanting to be a professional singer and dancer. Hallmarq also shared a fascination for fashion.
Hallmarq learned to sew in junior high school and reached new levels as a high school fashion design student, creating cutting edge styles for fellow students, friends and family. Hallmarq’s official foray into fashion design began with a simple Post-It note someone left anonymously on his car at a theater parking lot in summer of 2003. The note bore a famous quote from Thomas Edison: “Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” This was the quote that would change his life forever. From his first runway show in 2004, to presenting well received collections at San Francisco Fashion Week, Hallmarq has achieved acclaim for his designs as well as tapping into his passion for art and music.
Since obtaining a degree in Fashion Design in 2009, Hallmarq has found success by creating remarkable inroads in fashion, particularly his connections to other celebrities in other art forms (musicians, writers & models) . This exposure has been a key influence in shaping the garments he produces today. Hallmarq was a cast member on the TV series “Project Runway” Season 11. With strict attention to fit and detail, Hallmarq takes his preferred textile Jersey- knit from simplicity to luxury. Hallmarq is the ready-to-wear Jersey boy with a clientele that reaches the woman of business to the world of celebrities. Hallmarq’s dresses can transform you from the office, to dinner or to a red carpet event – wherever your fashion imagination takes you!