THE DESIGNER BARBARA BUI WAS BORN IN PARIS. From a double culture, Western by HER mother and Asian by HER father, BARBARA BUI says that her mixed heritage is very much a part of her identity, her worK and her braND DNA, encouraging her to be open and curious about many different cultures.
HER fashion is above all a style that expresses the duality, a silhouette that mixes the masculine and feminine codes.
BARBARA BUI currently lives in Paris with her daughter Lan Joy. Their home, iN the fashionable district of le Marais, is just a short walK from her offices and atelier.
I WENT FROM WANTING TO WRITE WITH WORDS TO WANTING TO WRITE MORE DIRECTLY WITH SHAPES, COLORS AND LINES.
HER EARLIEST CREATIONS WERE mostly LIMITED EDITIONS IN LEATHER OR SUEDE, MADE ON SITE IN HER BOUTIQUE AND ATELIER.
BARBARA BUI FOCUSes ON HER « ROCK CHIC » IDENTITY.
SHE highlights HER COLLECTIONS WITH BLACK IN EVERY SHADE AND NUANCE, IN shiny OR MATTE FINISHES, IN LEATHER OR LACE.
BARBARA BUI WAS ONE OF THE FIRST YOUNG DESIGNERS TO OPEN UNDER HER OWN NAME AT A TIME WHEN THAT WAS STILL RARE.
"I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE CLOSE TO THE WOMAN I WAS DESIGNing FOR, SO I COULD MAINTAIN A COHERENT DISCOURSE AND COMPLICITY WITH HER"
WITH HER PARTNER, William Halimi, SHE OPENED A WOMAN BOUTIQUE CALLED KABUKI, CARRYING HER OWN DESIGNS AND A FEW OTHER UP-coming YOUNG DESIGNERs.
SHE showED A COLLECTION DURING PARIS FASHION WEEK FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1987, WINNING CRITICAL ACCLAIM FROM INTERNATIONAL BUYERS AND THE PRESS.