Raul Lopez is Creative Director and Founder of LUAR. Of Dominican descent, Mr. Lopez began to design at the age of 12 and was inspired by the fluidity of the downtown New York scene. The philosophy of LUAR lies in the intersection of New York City and the Dominican Republic, promoting the constant curiosity of tomorrow. The brand has been worn and supported by the likes of Dua Lipa, Shawn Mendes, Bella Hadid, Christina Aguilera, Future, Kylie Jenner, Lourdes Leon, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Solange Knowles, Tyga, Theophilus London, and more. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lopez was Co-founder of Hood By Air.
Mr. Lopez was a finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2018, and he won the American Accessory Design of the Year Award in 2022. This year he was named to the TIME 100 Next List of emerging leaders who are shaping the future and defining the next generation of leadership. He was also named a finalist for the LVMH Prize.