Designers To Watch: Tia Cibani

As I walked in and sat down in Tia Cibani‘s perfectly situated meatpacking studio I found myself surrounded by detail focused, bias cut and vibrantly colorful garments – which is clearly why the woman speaking with Tia (who was shopping at the time) was having such difficulty deciding which covetable pieces to take home.

Born in North Africa but bred in Vancouver, her career initially began accidentally when a simple 6-month internship for Ports 1961 grew into a 10 year stint in China and evolved into her becoming the Creative Director for the forever polished company.  After helping relaunch Ports in the US market back in 2004, she continued to flourish by creating one flawless runway show after another, spreading their retail sectors and leaving a well-known legacy behind her.  As she grew older and wanted a family, Tia decided to courageously step out on her own and create the Tia Cibani line.  Now with her own collection (and a Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award) under her belt, it’s Tia’s time to let her true creative mind work and execute exactly what she wants to produce.

TiA CiBANi: Spring/Summer 2014 from TiA CiBANi on Vimeo.

With her entire collection produced here in New York, one of the most intoxicating parts about Tia’s garments is the artisanal quality that comes with every piece.  “That piece took a whole year to get the pleats just right”, she says as I pull out the stunning silver and gold silk lame sunray pleated skirt that was so striking it was used in the finale look of her début Fall collection.  With Peggy Guggenheim as the muse, additional hand-made stunners included a chain-mail paillete kimono vest that twists in the back and drops down to the knee, rose gold geometric brocade cropped man ray trousers and a grey melange mohair and silk lame ribbon hand-knit crew neck sweater.  It’s these handcrafted details that provide a couturier touch throughout each and every one of her separates – which is just what her customers are looking for.  With her Spring 2014 collection about to hit stores, we can all prepare to spoil ourselves with the Spanish 1940’s inspired pieces that Tia brought to life.  Brilliantly vibrant with detailed patchwork and mosaic Aztec prints, we swoon for the ultra feminine 40’s silhouettes, luxe fabrics, floral headpieces and colorful espadrilles that tied the collection together.

In the end, Tia’s highly sophisticated taste in fabrication and technique combined with her incredible impact and time spent in the fashion industry so far has lead to her providing all of us with a name-sake collection of clothing that we’d all be fortunate to have hanging in our wardrobes.

TiA CiBANi: Fall/Winter 2013 from TiA CiBANi on Vimeo.


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Jillian Magenheim is the Editorial Director and Director of Partnerships for She is also a digital media consultant for various fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on Twitter @Magenhaz and on Instagram @jillianrose_m