Friday, May 12, 2006
Fashion Forward: Haitian Design
All this month, we're introducing you to some South Florida designers. Tonght, it's something for the guys. Two brothers who are making men standout for almost any occasion. 7's Shireen Sandoval has more in tonight's Fashion Forward.
WSVN--Ryan Seacrest looked bold in black at last year's American Idol Finale.
Lil Jon picked pinstripes for his VMA red carpet stroll last year.
But they're two of many celebrities buying up Bogosse -- a line of men's dress shirts made by a couple of South Florida brothers.
Patrick Tardieu: "I just had the taste for fashion and you know and I'm also a business man."
Fabrice Tardieu: "It started as a joke actually because one day I sent him a series of things and he was like man I didn't like what you sent me, so I told him hey you know what we are going to stop this and lets make our own."
And with that, Fabrice and Patrick Tardieu started Bogosse, which means "handsome man" in french.
Born in Haiti, Patrick originally came to South Florida to play soccer for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
Fabrice worked in Europe for a major fashion house.
Now, the two are keeping it all in the family -- running their business out of this showroom in doral.
Fabrice Tardieu: "Doing business with family is very important so I think that we are very lucky to be able to pull this together."
Patrick Tardieu: "He's my best friend. He's one of the persons that I love the most on earth, so it's just fun and we are going to make it big together."
What's fun are the fabulous fabrics you can show off both on the outside and the inside...
From cuffed sleeves...
To intricate stitching.
Patrick Tardieu: "We design those shirts with a lot of passion you know. We go crazy over them and we come up with concepts that are trendy, but yet very functional."
Fabrice Tardieu: "The product is different. The product has a good vibe to it, beautiful colors, a lot of details."
Such as this green and purple pinstripe shirt with epaulettes on the shoulders and a back vent, inspired by a 1950's french army jacket.
Like all Bogosse shirts, this one can be worn alone or under a sports jacket.
Fabrice Tardieu: "What we love the most is when somebody thanks me because they feel good wearing it."
And who wouldn't feel good.
From their signature square buttons to their tapered fit, Bogosse is for the everyday man who wants to dress for success.
Patrick Tardieu: "It's crazy. It is so very popular. It's, it's, awesome."
The shirts run from $160 and up, and the brothers are now expanding into a line of shoes, sports jacket and women's apparel.
Bogosse is sold at several South Florida boutiques.
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