Welcome to our new show, Journeys with D’angelo Thompson! Soulivity Editor-at-Large D’angelo Thompson introduces us to new and exciting people from all around the globe for inspiration to live our best lives! In this show, D’angelo interviews clothes designer, Baba Jagne!
About Baba Jagne
Baba Jagne, the talented designer behind the namesake brand JAGNE, was born and raised in Gambia. The West African designer was fortunate enough to be born into a family of talented tailors designers including his siblings, parents, and uncles.
Excited to follow in their footsteps, Baba excitedly made his and his peer’s school uniforms as his first sewing project. While in school, he learned the fundamentals of garment construction when he became an apprentice in his brother’s atelier. Shocked by his talent, his brother gave him his first job when he saw his talent superseded his hired workers. Soon after, Baba’s work ethic, skill, and enthusiasm for tailoring landed him a job at his aunt’s atelier, when his older brother personally called in the favor.
This was a key turning point in Baba’s life because this atelier sat in a 5-star hotel, in the prominent side of town, boasting European tourists and diplomats as their clients. It was here that Baba’s skill elevated most because he was taught new techniques when his high-end clients would bring in European designs to be replicated. Dissecting the luxury designs first hand, taught him vastly, that soon he was promoted to head tailor where he was in charge of women’s wear and intricately detailed, menswear. His skill and eye to deliver detail and a clean design led to many clients coming solely for him. However, after a few years, he peacefully departed ways because he felt he reached his peak for knowledge and was still eager to learn more. His quest took him across continents to pursue the American dream.
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