We're excited to share our spring time one-on-one with LR collaborator and the graphic visionary behind one of our favorite and always inspiring fashion labels, Tucker by Gaby Basora. As we learned, each of her pieces tells a unique story.
Each Tucker print has a unique identity, tell us the story behind the names of the prints for the LR X Tucker collab.
The graphic black print is called "Marcel and Aix" - an homage to Cacherel, eveyrthing including the scale of it, reminds me of Provence. The Aix is from Aix-en-Provence. One of my favorite cities to have an early dinner on the terrasse, walk through town, window shop with all the stores closed and have ice cream by the fountain with my kids. Marcel comes from Marcel Marceau the famous mime.
The Floral is called "Coco Kir Royale" - I was having an obsession with the famous art collectors from Baltimore, The Cone Sisters - this print reminds me of a gorgeous salon, the peachy flower, kir royales, bellinis and more...
The LR Spring'13 collection is inspired in part by the film Edward Scissorhands. What were some sources of inspiration for Tucker this spring?
Well, the Cone Sisters, Matisse (!!!), Deauville, boardwalks, folk singing sisters, Joan & Mimi Baez and sisters in general.
What are your favorite plants or flowers? Favorite gardens to visit?
Impossible to pick favorite flowers: tulips, peonies, pansies, daisies, marigolds because my grandma loved them. Floppy roses. Gardens: Park Borely in Marseille, my Dad's garden in his courtyard in Malibu, the Bronx botanical garden.
What do you like most about the springtime?
Sunny skies and warm air, skimpy silky clothes after short days and lots of layers. Drinking margaritas when it's still light again in the evening. Cherry blossoms seem close again and the summer is even closer.
Your NYC store is such a special place - want to give us a verbal tour?
Coming by the Tucker shop is like going over to visit a great hostess. Most likely you'll be offered tea or coffee poured from a golden pot and served in the prettiest tea cups we could find or have been given. Then the trying on will begin, girls will have to come out from the studio in the back to see what's going on - lots of chitter chatter and sighs - trying on the pieces you may have never seen before in your favorite shop that sells Tucker. We carry the full range of the line here and are constantly surprising our loyal fans with one-offs.
We can't stop watching your SS13 video - how did it come about?
It's a long story - maybe too long. It came out the same way Tucker started (and continues). Being in the right place when specialness apears and creating beautiful clothes all along the way. Being awake and open to see as much of it as I can. Good energy, great people, timing, magic, momentum, dedication, Proustian beauty. Having no fear to chase it!
Last year around this time I was scouting on bike in Chinatown for locations. Sitting on the stoop of the Tucker shop with photographer Benny Horne, I was contemplating running the NYC marathon the following weekend. A vintage car drove past us - the perfect prop for our next shoot - I sprinted after and caught up to the driver! I took it as a sign and ran the marathon.
The owner of the car was artist Dylan Egon Samuels. Still wearing my marathon metal and bragging on set that I was a professional BMX rider in one of my past lives, he chimed in to tell me about his real BMX riding nieces and hence, the Spring13 film was born.
Meeting the director, Aaron Rose and knowing he had the magic to make it PERFECT made it real. Traveling to Santa Fe to shoot the riders and falling in LOVE with the wonderful world via Tucker all over again was the reward - and continues to be again and again.
(Special thanks to Dylan Egon Samuels, Jade, Hazel, Senna, Dagna, and John --- the entire Altheide Family, Aaron and Lucy Rose, Dana Balkin, the Basora boys and Tressa DiGiorgi)