TCHIBI

...designing creative and comfortable apparel for modern girls

My name is Mariana, I’m Brazilian and I discovered fashion during my childhood. I used to watch my mother and grandmother knitting scarves and sweaters in winter, and I always wanted to learn some knitting techniques. But at that time, I never asked myself if I could ever work with fashion in the future. I was sure about designing when I was 15, and I started to attend some drawing and sewing courses. In high school I was immersed in an art environment and it was decisive to my carrier. At 16, I started selling customised T-shirts at the Mercado do Mundo Mix, which was a good experience for me. Some years later I did a fashion course at Senai (which is more focused on the fashion industry itself) and at 18 I won a competition in São Paulo called “L’Oreal Criando Moda”. The main point of my collection is knitwear, free-form crochet and jersey. I tried to make creative and comfortable clothes for a modern girl. Sometimes fashion can be categorised as something too superficial, but I believe fashion can show who you are in the inside. It is very important for me to develop fashion for strong and determined people. A fashion creation can come from anywhere, even a bad feeling or a chaotic situation. I believe it is very important for a fashion designer to be authentic.

Nothing inspires me like…
Colours, true feelings, good music, knitting, crochet, the 80s and 90s, stories, urbanity and old magazines.

I hope…
My fashion touches something really deep within your heart, because I really put my feelings and life into it.

Cultural influences…
All people around the world. I love to study various countries.

I got where I am...
Because I was born to create things. I can’t live even a day without thinking about my creations.

Fashion can sometimes...
Fill people’s emptiness.

Did you know…
I’m actually 19.

I dance like…
The guy from the Tunak‘s song (Daler Mehndi). I know that's completely awful, but I strangely love it ♥.

Creativity comes from…
Everywhere, but mainly from music and people’s simplicity.

I have never…
Been abroad and I really want to visit distant places.

Love is…
Something we can’t describe or explain. You just know it when you find a dream and you really want it to become true.

My dreams are…
A lot of true feelings and good vibrations. I hope I can work with interesting people and I want to always show my best to everyone.

My future is…
Always moving towards something new.

Paris is…
Where I think my work can be recognised as something different.

There's a new...
Autumn/Winter collection in my look book on NJAL.

My mum...
Is a traditional Italian mum, she scares me sometimes.