Tay Gaye is a 24-year-old fashion designer who resides in Philly. He was born in Liberia, West African. As a little kid, he learned how to use the sewing machine and eventually began making his own clothes. At the age of 12, when he had migrated to the city of brotherly love, Tay fell in love with the fashion industry in America and was inspired to start his own line. In 2011, Tay launched his Modisch Clothing Collection. He recently chatted with YDBR’s CEO & Owner Don Bleek about his clothing line, favorite designers, Fall/Winter 2012 Collection and much more.
You named your clothing line Modisch, where did that name come from and what is the meaning behind it?
I came up with the name Modisch in 2011 and it means fashion in German. I chose that name because it goes with the style of clothing that I am creating as far as the different animal prints that I use.
What inspired you to do a clothing line?
I’m from Africa and when I was there, I learned how to make clothes. It runs in my family. My father and sister used to make clothes in a tailoring shop and I went to the shop to help them out. That is also where I learned how to sew and make clothes. When I came to the USA I noticed that a lot of people were into fashion and spent a lot of money on clothing and I so was I. So, I decided instead of spending my money on other designers, I can buy my own pieces, start a line and get others to buy it.
Who are some of your favorite fashion designers/brands?
Diesel, Armani, and Oswald Boateng (he is a African designer). Boateng really inspired me to do fashion. He was one of the first African designers to have his own store in France.
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