Who is Tracy Gore?
Tracy is a single mom and full-time solopreneur.
What sparked your interest in fashion?
I’ve always loved fashion, but Barbie sparked my interest as a child; how making her clothes reinvented her.
Describe your creative process.
My process is definitely a creative one. I never follow trends; I go fabric sourcing and allow it to happen organically
What made you take fashion serious enough to make a career out of it?
It wasn’t a decision I made, was made for me, when I got retrenched I couldn’t find employment so I taught myself to sew and sold to friends to keep the lights on
Do you remember the first garment you ever made?
I made a purple cotton knit tank top by hand, now owned by a friend, that is what started it all.
Describe a typical day in the Gorejous studio.
Every day is different, some days it’s all machine work and some days it’s fittings, interviews and marketing. Some days I cut patterns until I fall over. LoL
In previous jobs. Were you part of the planning phase for any projects you worked on?
Yes, at Shoot the Breeze Productions I got to sit in on production meetings for content.
Are you working on any new projects?
There are a few projects being finalised but I learnt the hard way to work in silence.
Do you ever have doubts about your decision to become a designer?
I have doubts every single day. It’s not easy by any means, but I really love what I do and hard work has never scared me.
How do influences find their way into your work?
I’m influenced by everything. It’s hard to explain, but I feel like fabrics and prints speak to me.
What is your favourite childhood memory right now?
It has to be my brother, Regan and me listening to dad’s sea stories. My pops worked for De beers, they both passed away since then.
How do you stay organized when you are provided with multiple design ideas?
Everything gets written down on my board and the toughest task gets done first and then no sleep until all are accomplished.
What is your least favourite thing about the fashion industry?
The least favourite, hmmmm… How catty the industry is. If you’re not sitting at the cool table, opportunities are lacking. There’s also huge judgement because of choosing to be a fashion designer as opposed to being normal (having a normal job).
What genre of music do you like to listen to while you are working?
I listen to all different genres. Old school, like Biggie and Tupac keeps the momentum going.
Which word/term do you use the most and why?
It is probably a tie between Gorejous, my brand and delicious. Those are my ways to describe things I love. It drives my friend’s nuts. LoL
What jobs have you had prior to being a designer?
I worked in the TV industry as a production manager and stylist. I was also a visual manager at Woolworths.
Which project that you’ve completed are you the most proud of?
There are so many, probably having two fashion shows on the same day in Cape Town and Johannesburg few years ago.
What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started designing?
My biggest lesson?
To not tell your plans to everyone. I’ve learnt that some people want you to do well, but never better than what they are doing.
If you could change one thing in Cape Town, what would it be?
I would love creative’s to help and support each other. That would change everything.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
Don’t think I have had many, or I’ve blocked it all out. LoL
What advice would you give to young designers?
My advice would be to never give up, work harder than the next person and ask for help. You need people around you who talk about ideas and not other people. Never allow anyone to tell you what you are capable of, we are what WE think we are and no-one else can change that.