Tell our readers a bit about yourself and your work?
I’m Taibo Bacar, a fashion designer from Mozambique in Southern Africa. I’ve been designing since 2008 and my aim is to take the Continent of Africa to the world through my work.
What is your creative process?
I don’t have a defined creative approach. I try to be in tune with my surroundings and that in turn influences how each collection shapes out. Inspiration for a collection can come from fabric I buy, an old fashion magazine or a woman I see on the street. I’m always alert to new inspirations.
What’s your fashion philosophy – ie. ethical or/and sustainable fashion?
I have a great interest in ethical fashion. Most of the production I do is in-house in Mozambique where our workers are provided with good working conditions. When we outsource we visit the factories to see for ourselves the conditions the workers work in and how the clothes are produced.
What is your advice to aspiring designers?
Look into the world to learn from it but always stay true to yourself and your beliefs.
In your opinion what are some of the challenges facing the fashion industry in Africa?
We still have a lot to learn and discover and now I think the main problem is lack of materials and qualified and specialised technicians in the industry.
How do you give back to the community?
Our business create jobs for our local community and the taxes we pay also assist with developmental projects like building hospitals and schools.
What’s your price range?
Taibo Bacar produces three different lines. Our ready to wear range is from $50 USD – $300 USD. The high fashion/evening wear is priced from $450 USD -$2,800 USD and our bridal wear is from $3,000 USD – $10,000 USD. Most of the work of our high fashion and bridal wear is made by hand in house.
See more of Taibo’s work at http://www.taibobacar.com