About The Designer
The name of Gaby Basora's line came to her in a dream. Awake with the word Tucker on her mind, Basora looked up the word that had been spoken to her in her sleep. "A piece of cloth draped about the neck and shoulders." Tucker. The perfect name for the collection of draped silk blouses Basora was designing for herself to fill the void in her closet.
That was back in 2005. A year later, those Tucker by Gaby Basora blouses were rapidly disappearing from the sales floor at Barney's New York. Now, five years on, Tucker by Gaby Basora encompasses a complete wardrobe of blouses, dresses, coats, jackets, leathers and knits, is sold in more than 200 of the top stores worldwide, and claims A-lit fans such as Cameron Diaz, Liv Tyler and Drew Barrymore. In 2010 Basora is added to an impressive roster of designers with her Tucker for Target collaboration. Yet Basora has never lost her connection to the subliminal. Every signature print and every vintage-inspired silhouette she develops comes from her sense of the uncanny.
"There's a wistful feeling--like nostalgia, a yearning for something intimate and yet somehow inacessible--that I try to conjure with these clothes," Basora says.
Tucker is as easy to slip into as a reverie. The brand's trademark ethereal silks sync with tailored staples and cozy knits, adding up to a wardrobe of fresh classics. Basora, a modern mother of three, puts a premium on wearability, designing mix-and-match closet hits with an idiosyncratic personality. Basora comes by that idiosyncratic streak naturally, hailing from a family of art lovers and flea market scroungers from whom she learned to seize inspiration anywhere and everywhere.
"I'm inspiration-agnostic," notes Basora. "Marguerite Duras, a drawing by my son, the way a tree looks when I'm biking by it, the French schoolgirls I saw when I visited Paris... It all contributes, it all gets remixed in my head. Whether its a perfectly-cut trench coat, or a pleated skirt printed with birds," she adds, "I want the clothes to feel mysteriously familiar, like a resurfacing memory you never want to forget."