StyleList: How did you get your start?
Gaby Basora: I was a stylist, and like any stylist, would occasionally get things made for jobs and everyone loved the pieces. Especially, this one blouse. I wore it all the time. Friends started to ask if I would make them one and encouraged me to sell them.
A friend of mine who had a line of hair products at Barneys insisted I show this blouse to her contact. I showed up to the meeting with the sample blouse (which I had been wearing for ten days straight) and a piece of lined-paper with fabric swatches stapled to it -- they bought everything I had!
SL: What can a women expect from Tucker?
GB: Tucker is definitely spirited and a little bit whimsical. I am going to say courageous -- in that it's a lot of print. If you put something on and feel amazing in it, and it's something you would have never thought looked good on you, that's exciting.
GB: In terms of celebrities: Drew Barrymore wears Tucker a lot. Liv Tyler called the studio herself trying to track down some pieces. Kelly Ripa loves Tucker. Jessica Biel...Tucker went on a date with Justin TImberlake!
SL: Tell us about your upcoming Spring 2010 collection.
GB: We have a whole lot of new shapes. There is a photographer named Miroslav Tichy and his photographs are the inspiration for Spring. This amazing guy hand-fashioned these crazy-looking cameras and took pictures -- like stolen moments -- of girls through the bushes, at the beach, sunbathing at a pool, at a cafe...
The photos are really textural. And there are so many different types of women, kind of like the Tucker woman: These young girls, older women, women at work, on the street, at the park... this slice of life. And I feel Tucker really exists in that world; a day in the life.
SL: Are you working on any collaborations for Spring?
GB: Yes, Zoe Cassavettes is designing a capsule collection for spring! And I am also working with Romon Yang, who is a graffiti artist (aka Rostarr), a painter and an artist. We are doing three fabrics, limited edition and only available for the season.
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