Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Getting to Know :: Gaby Basora from Tucker

Designer and founder Gaby Basora is the driving force behind the effortless, chic, and lively brand Tucker. After designing a blouse for herself, Basora had the garment made at a local New York factory. Many compliments and a chance meeting with a Barneys New York buyer later, Basora had her first large production order and was on her way to turning her now signature blouse into a full collection. 
Tucker has become known and loved for its effortless style and its fun, bright, bold, and whimsical prints. Basora finds her inspiration in everything from candy wrappers to Marguerite Duras, animals, and her many travels. 
Described as "bohemian" and "eclectic", Tucker is becoming a staple brand, offering pieces that are timeless and ageless, yet fun and youthful. 
Basora's childhood spent in her mother's art house movie theater in Seattle, and her adventures in Paris, Amsterdam, and New York are the foundation of the entire brand. While she has now grown to retailing in over 200 stores and boutiques, Basora still designs for herself and her friends, appealing to every woman with her sense of humor and intellect shown in her collections. She is also still producing through the same factory that fulfilled her very first order and makes it a priority to keep sourcing and production within the U.S.A.
Check out an exclusive interview with the amazing Gaby below
and mark March 9th on your calendar for a special Tucker trunkshow at McMullen featuring the new Spring 2013 collection!
McMullen: How did you decide to expand your collection from your signature peasant blouse into a full line?
Gaby Basora: The Tucker blouse is a blouse done very well from my modest point of view.
It was quite fresh. I had been making things for myself for years, often inspired first by the textiles…
Making the perfect top, had the domino effect of wanting to make dresses and jumpsuits, like the backless jumpsuit- glamorous enough for black tie… Katie Couric wore to the Tribeca Film Festival and won best dressed, or it can be worn casually - I was with my kids after school a few weeks ago and passed Miranda Kerr looking fabulous in hers.

MM: You try to keep manufacturing within New York. Why is that important to you?
GB: Tucker is made in the same factory that made the first order for Barneys. Whether or not that translates to the buyer of beautiful Tucker clothes, I have the same feeling of substance and integrity that I have had visiting wool factory in Italy.

 MM: You used to enlarge candy wrappers to create prints for your blouses. What are some of your current inspirations for print and textiles?
GB: Russian dolls and Lipizzaner horses - It is always evolving and inspiring.

 MM: Who are your favorite designers? Houses?
 GB: Dries van Noten, Martin Margiela, Marni, A detacher, Chanel, YSL.
MM: What are your 3 clothing staples?
GB: Tucker,Vintage Levis, anyway they made it- jean jackets, jeans, coveralls. jean shorts…
Accessories: Loeffler Randall booties and Clare Vivier clutch.

 MM: What's your favorite vacation destination?
 GB: My friend's stone house in the south of France.
Cooking, sleeping, hiking, talking, eating chocolate sandwiches, taking drives to the Spanish border for tapas or over to the coast for a visit to the beach.

Click the link below to see more details on our March 9th Tucker trunkshow!



1 comment:

  1. That silhouette just doesn't work. She's ready for bed with some efficiently comfortable mom heels.