lauren bucquet & labucq

lauren bucquet & labucq

From High Fashion to Contemporary Shoe Innovation

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In this episode of Read Receipt, we are excited to welcome Lauren Bucquet, founder of Labucq, an Italian-made footwear brand known for its unique and contemporary designs. Lauren’s journey began with her high school fashion aspirations and led her to a significant role at Rag & Bone, where she started as an intern and eventually became the Design Director of Footwear and Accessories. Join us as Lauren shares her entrepreneurial journey, the evolution of Labucq, and the challenges she faced while transitioning from an established fashion brand to launching her own.

Tune in to discover how Lauren’s passion for footwear and her extensive industry experience culminated in the creation of Labucq.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the conversation!

the Show Notes


Lauren Bucquet, founder of Labucq, shares her inspiring journey from high school fashion aspirations to creating an Italian-made footwear brand. Labucq is known for its unique, high-quality shoes that blend contemporary design with traditional craftsmanship. Lauren discusses her evolution from an intern to Design Director at Rag & Bone, the challenges of launching her own brand, and the importance of sustainability and quality in the fashion industry. The conversation explores her entrepreneurial experiences, the development of Labucq's products, and her vision for the future.


footwear, entrepreneurship, brand building, Italian-made shoes, Labucq, Lauren Bucquet


  1. Lauren Bucquet’s journey from high school fashion dreams to founding Labucq is driven by a passion for unique footwear and sustainable design.
  2. Labucq focuses on creating high-quality, contemporary shoes that promote overall well-being and environmental consciousness.
  3. Building a brand involves understanding market needs, listening to customer feedback, and maintaining a clear vision.
  4. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges, but also opportunities for brands like Labucq to adapt and thrive.
  5. Lauren’s dedication to innovative design and quality craftsmanship drives the success of Labucq.

Sound Bites:

  • "Labucq started as a way to create contemporary shoes that combine unique design and traditional craftsmanship."
  • "Our goal is to provide high-quality, stylish footwear that people can trust and enjoy."
  • "Building a brand requires understanding market needs and staying true to your vision."
  • "The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of adaptability and innovation in business."
  • "Labucq is about providing unique, Italian-made footwear solutions that people can trust and feel confident using."


00:00 - Lauren’s Background and Journey-
Lauren introduces herself and shares her journey from high school fashion dreams to founding Labucq.

08:01 - The Inspiration Behind Labucq-
Lauren discusses the personal and professional experiences that inspired her to create Labucq and the early days of the brand.

12:30 - Transitioning from High Fashion to Footwear Entrepreneurship-
Lauren explains her transition from Rag & Bone to starting a footwear brand and the lessons learned.

23:17 - The Importance of Sustainable Practices and Quality Craftsmanship-
The conversation delves into how Labucq emphasizes sustainable practices and high-quality craftsmanship in its products.

25:30 - Challenges and Opportunities During the Pandemic-
Lauren talks about the challenges of pivoting during the COVID-19 pandemic and the opportunities it presented.

27:26 - Commitment to Quality and Innovation-
Lauren highlights Labucq’s dedication to creating high-quality, unique footwear.

31:23 - Building a Strong Brand Identity-
The discussion explores the importance of a strong brand identity and connecting with consumers authentically.

36:02 - The Vision for Labucq-
Lauren shares her vision for the future of Labucq and her goals for the brand.

47:37 - Patience and Persistence in Entrepreneurship-
Lauren emphasizes the need for patience and persistence in achieving long-term success.

51:43 - Final Thoughts and Insights-
Lauren wraps up the conversation with final thoughts and valuable insights for aspiring entrepreneurs.

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