Studio Tour: Tucker’s Gaby Basora Shows Us Her Amazing Print Archive

We caught up with Gaby Basora of Tucker at her sun-drenched Meatpacking studio to paw through new fall samples, inspiration photos, and an awe-inspiring archive of original prints.

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Gaby Basora launched her line of silky separates and knits when she'd finally had enough of strangers on the street demanding to know the origins of her handmade lantern-sleeve blouses. We caught up with the designer at her sun-drenched Meatpacking studio to paw through new fall samples, inspiration photos, and an awe-inspiring archive of original prints.
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"Funny enough, the first piece was a solid," laughs Gaby. The brand has since become synonymous with bright, "optimistic" prints and cheerful patterns. "We've had people say 'I never ever wore prints before, but now I only wear yours!'" Their impressive archive frames the studio in a rainbow of color.
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As much a scholar as a designer, Gaby studied everything from literature to art history and dance at Sarah Lawrence College, and often draws from her diverse interests for collection inspiration. Here, a snap of one of her many mood boards, festooned in newspaper clippings, hand-written notes and swatches of fabric.
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Another view of Gaby's enormous mood board.
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For Tucker's fall collection, Basora found inspiration in the enigmatic images of photographer Sarah Moon, and offered up a series of Deco-inspired prints including a lush acrylic zig-zag. "Can you believe how soft this is?" she asks, wrapping herself in a kimono-style overcoat.
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Photographers are a constant source of inspiration for Basora. This collection of works from 1960s fashion photographer Charles Brittin is among her most coveted.
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"This one was a big hit with my kids," Basora says of the now-famous mallard print silk from Fall 2010.
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Each of Tucker's whimsical prints are developed in their Meatpacking studio and produced entirely in the United States.
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Each season Basora fleshes out her vision with more separates and silhouettes. "We didn't want to be a one hit wonder, you know," she explains, referring to Tucker's iconic lantern-sleeve blouse. For fall, slim tailored shirts and new skirt shapes made their debuts.
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As for the new silky shell-print hot pants: "Be brave!," Gaby encourages. "I went through a phase one summer where I was wearing swim shorts with everything."
A flirty purple print dress from fall 2012 features subtle draping at the neck.
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Gaby's desktop buddies serve as animal kingdom inspiration as well as handy paper-weights.
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"My father is a really serious birder," Gaby explains. This vintage bird watching poster was on its way the framers that same afternoon.
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A desk-side shoe collection for impromptu costume changes.
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