“American 80’s baby born to teenage immigrants” is how Gypsy Sport designer Rio Uribe describes himself. In 2005, with just two years retail experience, Uribe moved to New York with dreams of becoming a designer. In 2006, he landed a merchandising job for Balenciaga, at the time helmed by Nicholas Ghesquiere. Uribe was in charge of handling collection samples. For six years, he studied each garment “like a piece of fine art,” he said. He resigned in 2012 and set out to become a designer and launched Gypsy Sport that same year.