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Clothing was always a thing in Gaby Basora’s house when she was a kid—her grandfather was a tailor, and her mother sold a collection made from quilts to Chicago boutiques in the sixties. The ebullient designer, who has earned a mad following with her silky, bold-but-ladylike line Tucker, says: “When I look at pictures of myself from then, I’m in Frye boots with a denim dress and a Cacharel blouse. My mom always says, ‘I had to make you wear this!’ What I really wanted to wear were hot pink satin shorts and a matching jacket, with roller skates that had wings on the back.”
Eventually, though, Gaby came to embrace the more sophisticated aspects of fashion (no offense, fuchsia satin) and, after wrapping up her schooling in Seattle, Amsterdam, and New York, became a stylist. “There was no Style.com—you were really on the ground. It was a little like Alice in Wonderland, getting to go to these mysterious places and seeing
things in showrooms,” she notes. But despite all the coolness she encountered, there were still things she couldn’t find—interesting trenches, for example, or flowy tops. And that’s when she started making them. From there, things blew up (see: Barney’s sell-outs, Target collabs, celeb fans like Drew, Cameron, and Liv). Six years later, it’s hardly gotten tired. “My new obsession is our button-up shirt that I wear with one of our maxi skirts,” she says. “But when I put on the original blouse, I always feel like I’m wearing it again for the first time.” —erica
BEHIND THE SCENES
What’s been influencing the Tucker designer lately? We asked her to keep track.
And the designer behind Tucker has seen more than most people.