Taibo Bacar, the Mozambican born fashion designer is considered one of the leading designers in Africa.
The son of a seamstress, Taibo grew up around the sounds of sewing machines, fabrics and the design sketches that he drew for some of his mother’s clients so it’s no surprise he progressed from having a career in IT to pursue one as a fashion designer. The brand has won many African and international awards and was the first African brand to showcase at Milan Fashion Week. We had a quick chat with Taibo Bacar discussing how the journey started, his MBFWCT 2017 collection, his take on the African Fashion Industry and where he thinks the brand his heading. What drew you towards the fashion industry? My mum was a seamstress, so I grew up surrounded by fabrics, sewing machines and models. I use to make the drawings for my mum so the clients could understand the dresses. I was attracted by creativity from a very tender age. What are the pros and cons of being in the fashion industry at the moment? To be able to live and have an income doing what I love is the best reward. The most difficult is all that we have to give up, social life and to have our minds fully committed on the business. The Taibo Bacar label was launched in 2008 and has been well received throughout the world how does this feel to be able to achieve so much in such a short space of time? It all the depends on the point of view , for us it doesn’t feel like a short space of time and we are not even close to where we want to get , on a scale of 1 to 10 , I think we still at 1 in terms of achieving our goals. After so many awards like, Paris Emerging Designer of the Year and many successful shows, what has been your favourite moment so far? One of my favorite moments was The conference in Rome- Conde Nast International Luxury Conference – where we did an exposition at the entrance hall in 2012, I was able to meet the most influential people in fashion industry , like Valentino and the late Franca sozzani. What kind of support did you have when you started? Thankfully I had a lot of moral support from my family , my mom and my siblings , friends. Financially it has always been myself and Tatiana Ismael , my business partner . What would you say is the aesthetics of your label is? Feminine, elegant, simple and comfort.