10 Pressing Questions: Gaby Basora of Tucker
1. Where did you grow up?
Seattle mostly, Amsterdam and I came to New York at sixteen to go to Sarah Lawrence so New York City, too.
2. How did you discover your interest in fashion and how did you get your start?
My Mom designed a small clothing line in the late sixties, her grandfather (was) a tailor and did the sewing. I wasn’t thinking that I would design clothes. Just always thinking, looking, dreaming in colors and smells. My Mom built the Pike Place Cinema in the Pike Place market . . . I loved to get lost in films. Getting lost in other worlds via travel, books. I made things for myself from the time I can remember buying my own clothes. Thirteen. Tucker started when I made a blouse for myself that I wanted more of. My friends wanted them and strangers and their friends and stores. Barney’s launched Tucker in 2006.
3. If you could do anything else as an occupation, what would it be?
Dancer, singer, viola player, painter. Free style BMX rider.
4. What time period do you most identify with?
I wish I could have lived with Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas or hung out with Brigitte Bardot, both in dresses accentuating our tiny waists and running barefoot. I am drawn to pioneer women and cotton poet blouses and the unrealistic of the pleasure of wearing a corset daily. I love horses and stockings so maybe the 1900′s in Fairbanks, Alaska, like my friend the late Meta Buttnick. SUN UP SUN DOWN. Adventure. Horizon.
5. What is your greatest achievement?
My kids, but it feels like LUCK, the stork did a great job playing matchmaker. My grandma is ninety-five still rocking Alexander McQueen leggings and stilettos. I am hoping that in the next fifty years there will be many more things I have tried and done well enough to mention.
6. If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would it be?
I wanted to go to Nike in Oregon to train for the day with Alberto Salazar, Olympic Champion, but I think I hurt my leg so CUBA.
7. What is your favorite meal in the world?
A cookie from Dorie Greenspan’s Beurre & Sel and a black coffee, breakfast of champions. ANY home cooked sweets by Bon Appetit editor, Christine Muhlke. The lentil salad from Saint Ambroeus and seeded bread. Red wine. My friend Isabelle’s spinach and goat cheese quiche. The Thursday special sandwich from Olive’s on Prince street. The flax tartine, honey butter walnut cranberry toast at Buvette.
8. Dogs or cats?
Dogs. Big Dogs.
9. Favorite live music experience?
The Clash in 1984. I have never gotten over my school girl crush on all the guys. Bob Marley in the late seventies, I was only seven or eight, with my Uncle. We knew all the words, it was just live electricity, one of the first memories feeling so alive from music. Jane Birkin recently at Town Hall in NYC. She was on tour for Japan’s earthquake victims, in the front row felt like she was singing Je t’aime to me. On the road with Lauryn Hill being on stage during her Miseducation tour. She is still my hero. Going to hear classical music at Ravinia outside Chicago with my grandparents. Picnicing and listening to music under the stars.
10. Who is your favorite artist in any field, living or dead?
Mona Golabek and Erwin Blumenfeld, Nudes, Nets and Collages. IMPOSSIBLE to choose. YVES KLEIN. Marina Abramovic. Impossible to choose. Francesca Woodman, Pablo Picasso, Delacroix.