March 8, 2013
Issue: The COCO Magazine SVG
Declared the 2008 Next Generation Designer and the Culture & Fashion Award Winner of the Inaugural Islands of the World Fashion Week; Tamiko Browne combines her sense of fashion, creativity and her dedication to environmental improvement to execute a brand of luxury swimwear.
Self taught designer Tamiko Browne, in a few words said a whole lot about her designs "My style features the contrast of warm and cool tones against your skin. Exotic wild prints and trims create a glamorous oasis. Rich colors, textures, opulence, fine detailing and superb exclusive designs define the Tami B Style".
ILKA: How long have you been creating collections and how old were you when you
professionally constructed your FIRST garment/swimsuit?
Tamiko: My first collection was created in 2009, I was 33 years old.
ILKA: Please explain to our readers how and when you discovered your passion for designing.
Tamiko: I had started attending a lot of fashion events that sparked my interest. I also could not find that perfect swimsuit that was fashionable and eco friendly. It was in that moment that the Tami B line was created.
ILKA: Please explain to our readers how Tami B Designs incorporates an innovative approach to the modern bikini.
Tamiko: In any business one must have an innovative approach to their work. Tami B Designs strives to incorporate new environmentally Eco textiles using modern technology to turn rare and revered oldworld fibers into new and appealing high-end fabrics. Our Label is made by proving that it's possible to produce luxurious, sensuous Swim & Resort Wear in ways that are non-toxic, ethical and sustainable.
ILKA: What do you use to create the vision for your collection(s)? In other words, what motivates/inspires you?
Tamiko: Every day I look to the unspoiled, pristine nature of St. Vincent’s north coast as a backdrop to accentuate the exotic tropical tones of my swimwear line. The waters of the Caribbean, picturesque sunsets, the movement of Island life combined with the spirituality of its culture are all tools used for the development of the Tami B style. The Tami B style is a carnival of colors from lush forest greens to warm sunshine yellows. From glimmering gold highlights, core shimmering plain colors, to botanical influences with a mixing of textures, colors, and different fabrics, my collection achieves some unexpected effects.
ILKA: Your designs are definitely breathtaking! What garment have you created that would be considered "outside the box" fashion for most people?
Tamiko: That would have to be my Islands of the World Award Winning Cultural piece
entitled, "Garifuna Goddess"; which was a swimsuit woven from straw/copia.
ILKA: The Garifuna Goddess bathing suit was one of my favorite pieces. As the designer do you have a design that resonates with you? In other words your favorite item created?
Tamiko: I would not say that I have a favorite; as each piece speaks to me in its own unique way.
ILKA: If you could leave one piece of fashion advice to our readers what would it
Tamiko: Don’t be shy about asking for help from smart people who have done it before. You would be surprised how many people out there are more than willing to help new designers and entrepreneurs. This expert advice is extremely valuable; we all know we can learn from each
other: The first step in creating a successful brand would be knowing that you
have a product that is special and knowing who your target audience is. Do your
homework and research like mad; know who your customer is and what that customer can afford, who your competitors are and why customers would buy this product from you
and not a competitor. Be focused.
"I definitely would consider myself a "Coco Woman". Being able to know and understand myself so implicitly that my intuition, decisions and inner knowing flow effortlessly from within to graceful expression of my fashion in the world outside of me, expressing such confidence and belief in myself find my fashion designs; that others believe in them too."
Prince on music, life, and ego, in 11 quotes
1) "Movies are real! Music is real! It affects people, it's real. … The other night I went to a club and I watched a DJ control an entire room. Even politicians can't do that."
2) "The most important thing is to be true to yourself, but I also like danger. That's what's missing from pop music today. There's no excitement or mystery."
Source: Los Angeles Times (1982)
3) "The key to longevity is to learn every aspect of music that you can."
Source: The View (2010)
4) "All people care about nowadays is getting paid, so they try to do just what the audience wants them to do. I'd rather give people what they need rather than just what they want."
Source: Los Angeles Times (1982)
5) "Like books and black lives, albums still matter."
Source: The Guardian (2015)
6) "I don't want to get up on a soapbox. My view of the world, you can debate that forever. But I'm a musician. That's what I do. And I also am music. Come to the show for that."
Source: The Guardian (2011)
7) "Everyone has their own experience. That's why we are here, to go through our experience, to learn, to go down those paths and eventually you may have gone down so many paths and learned so much that you don't have to come back again."
Source: NME (1996)
8) "I had a massive ego [at youth]. Massive. But that's not such a bad thing. Because at least you're aspiring to be something, you consider yourself great because you want to be great."
Source: NME (1996)
9) "No child is bad from the beginning. They just imitate their atmosphere."
Source: "Sexuality" lyrics
10) "When I became a symbol, all the writers were cracking funnies, but I was the one laughing. I knew I'd be here today, feeling each new album is my first."
Source: Newsweek (2004)
11) "Yeah, everybody's got a bomb, we could all die any day. But before I'll let that happen, I'll dance my life away."
Source: "1999" lyrics
There is something about what accessories do to an outfit that I love; I enjoy telling stories through jewelry and with the same token adding a touch of glam to outfits. If I could be an accessory of choice, I’d definitely be a necklace; I admire necklaces because they are usually the piece of jewelry that is seen first.
The old adage “Less is more” no longer holds true for jewelry, trend setters are now keeping outfits simple and layering with pieces of jewelry. There is something about the right piece of jewelry that catches the eye. Admit it ladies there is nothing that brings a smile to your face and an excitement to your wardrobe like a big bright ring, chunky necklace or an oversized colorful bangle. Is there such a thing as too much? Well not if you follow the rules and pile them on correctly. Remember to tone it down and keep your jewelry simple when your clothes have a lot going on. This season it is all about the big and the bold, it’s a good excuse to give life to your outfits; we’re seeing a lot more layering, bib necklaces, large pendants, rings with large stones and oversized funky bangles.
Author: Ilka Harrigan
We live in a society that puts food at the center of all events and celebrations but there is one meal that we are most likely to forget and that is breakfast. Skipping breakfast should not be an option.
According to a recent survey conducted by the NPD, a leading marketing research company; NPD’s Morning MealScape 2011 study revealed that one out of ten or thirty-one million Americans start the day without eating breakfast. The most appealing benefit to eating a hearty breakfast is that it boosts your metabolism and thus helps to burn more calories throughout the day. Eating breakfast tells the body that there will be plenty calories consumed throughout the day but skipping breakfast is a sign that the body’s survival mechanism will kick and it will conserve calories rather than burn them. Eating breakfast within an hour or two after you wake ensures optimal performance. In the event that you may not feel well eating a whole meal early in the morning, try eating a light meal in increments.
“There is sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”
The strength of a woman can be found in her essence. All women are born with this inner strength; it is in her connection to the universe that a constant flow of strength, motivation, humbleness and ability to breathe new life is realized. Some women simply don’t know of their full potential, and/or choose not to utilize it. Sometimes we may question our “womanly ways”, why do we behave the way we do? Why are women so emotionally invested?