THE LIMELIGHT: Tam B design
[MIKARA] What was the moment you knew you wanted to be a fashion designer?
[TAM] Being creative has always been in my life from a young age, but the drive that made me want to be a fashion designer was growing up with my mother watching project runway. We would discuss which were our favorite outfits and who we would send home each week! as if we were judges. That's when I started getting involved in the fashion world.
[MIKARA] What is your definition for fashion?
[TAM] F for Fashion but also F for Freedom, fashion already exists within shops and online platforms which to me Is clothing. Fashion should be creative, new and creative. Whether that's a fresh new idea or a spin on an old trend.
[MIKARA] As you continue to build your brand, how do you want your clients to view your clothes?
[TAM] A Brand that makes statements. Whether its one off pieces or ready to wear, I always want my clothes to be different. Whether that's a dress that can transform or a jacket with extreme detail, it will never be normal. I use the word normal instead of commercial because I do believe my brand will make commercial pieces but commercial does not always mean normal!
[MIKARA] Describe Tam B design's ideal client in 3-5 words?
[TAM] Bold, Powerful, Expressive, Creative and Open minded.
[MIKARA] Out of all of your products you've made thus far, what would you say is your most proudest item & why?
[TAM] A shirt which was inspired by a Chinese market suitcase. I took inspiration from the hard work that workers put into their jobs within Chinese factories and I wanted to create clothing inspired by bags created within these factories. I patterned the foundation of a suitcase into the details of a button up shirt. I was proud of this design as I had pushed my talents in order to achieve the outcome. The shirt has functioning suitcase openings.
[MIKARA] Do you see yourself venturing into men's shoes or accessories?
[TAM] Never say Never
[MIKARA] What luxury designer/brand do you admire the most and why?
[TAM] Rick Owens, I say Rick Owens as in the past I wasn't a fan, and I think I wasn't a fan because I didn't want to admit that we were very similar in the sense that we value concept and that clothing is nothing without one. His concepts are very powerful which leads to the clothes being powerful and meaningful.
[MIKARA] In the next 3-5 years, where would you like to see yourself?
[TAM] Either working for myself and developing my brand onwards and producing shows that can have an impact on people. I would love to recreate shows like Alexander McQueen that left crowds speechless. My other venture would be to work within a brand where I can see my skills flourishing and ideas being taken on board.