The creative visionary behind IamMoody, an event and promotions company specializing in fashion, Richard Moody has a passion for fashion that knows no limits. Not only is Richard an expert on fashion, but he is a socialite as well. Always the first to tell others about new opportunities, he is known for sharing valuable knowledge within the industry and earning a reputation as a successful philanthropist in the Twin Cities. Richard is also the creator of the Dandies Project, “a movement consisting or men of color dedicated to mentoring young men of color with a positive influence, starting with a strong sense of individuality through self-awareness and style.”
How would you describe your style?
My style is Cowboy Chic with a classic vintage twist and self-confidence.
Who are your style icons or whose style has influenced your own?
My style icons are Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poiter, Steve McQueen, Paul Smith, and Thom Browne. My style can also be influenced from traveling abroad for most of my life.
What are some of your favorite brands/designers?
The Bow Tie Shoppe, LongChamp, Waterman, Mont Blanc, Pendelton, Woolrich, Filson, Hudson Bay, Etro, Theory, Paul Smith, Zara Man, Marked Inc., JW Hulme Co., See Eyewear, EyeBobs, and OGI.
What are your go-to-stores and boutiques in the Twin Cities area?
Second Debut, Arrow, MartinPatrick3, Motto, D.Nolo, Handsome Cycles, BlackBlue.
When you need “work” done, what salons do you frequent?
Hair: Casablanca’s on 25th and Hennepin, Nails: Always Nails.
You feel your best when wearing?
Black and my vintage cowboy boots from an Amsterdam flea market.
Where are you most visually inspired?
Paris, France; Cape town, South Africa; Amsterdam; Jamaica; London; flea markets around the world and vintage stores.
You always make time for…?
Young people and nonprofits that support education, homelessness, youth, AIDS, and the Arts Made in Minnesota
You never leave the house without…?
Cell phone, iPad, toothbrush, toothpaste, business cards, credit card, scarf, watch, manbag (murse), sunglasses, camera, reading glasses, a positive attitude and smile.
Never caught wearing…?
Tennis shoes and workout gear (when not at the gym).
Your number one fashion/style rule?
Create your own style, stay true to yourself and your body type.
How do you approach getting dressed?
To always be ready for the camera, getting dressed is like a sporting event. To always be the best and look my best.
How has your style evolved the most?
It’s become less complicated, more focused on quality verses quantity.
What is your one fashion splurge or most expensive thing in your closet?
My J.W. Hume Co. classic tote with Woolrich (Made in America) or my Woolrich limited plaid print edition peacoat, bucket hat, and shoulder bag from Arrow Minneapolis.