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Success story à la Française, ba&sh

09 . 02 . 2016
A few weeks ago at
the opening of the first ba&sh store in Switzerland (Geneva), I had the
pleasure to meet and interview two incredible women, Barbara Boccara &
Sharon Krief the two creators of the French brand ba&sh.
 
During this special
moment shared with them, I felt a symbiosis between the two childhood friends.
They complete each other sentences, Barbara speaks on Sharon’s name and
conversely. While the waiter offers us a chocolate, Sharon exclaims:
« Barbara, don’t you like it? Because if Barbara does not like it, I’ll
love it! Contrary to fashion, we don’t have at all the same taste with food. »
Humble and proud of the success achieved with their brand, they always exclaim
theirself with a ton of enthusiasm when they talk about their collections.
Mostly inspired by their friends and themselves, the collections are conceived
in function of their wishes and needs. A success story à la française that
was born with one and single goal: Creating a project together.
 
THE BEGINNING:
Barbara and Sharon
launched the brand ba&sh in 2003 and it is almost by chance, as they both
don’t come from the fashion industry. Barbara was working as a PR and Sharon was
a lawyer. While they could have opened a restaurant or a café, an investor
offered them the opportunity to start a prêt-à-porter business. Without any
idea about the fashion business, the two women decided to position theirself
with a consumer vision by creating a brand that would be between the luxe and
the mass market. High-quality products with affordable prices.
 
THE POWER TO MAKE THE DIFFERENCE:
We often say that
difference is an asset. A true story for the brand ba&sh. Two different
women with an unwavering friendship, their different ideas and desires enrich
each of their collections. « If Barbara wants to create a model that I do
not like, it does not matter because there are a lots of ba&sh women! So we
produce it and include this piece in our collection ». The two women work in the same office close to
each other. They are always aware of each other activities.
 
SUCCESS STORY, THE SECRET:
« Our strength is
probably that we don’t come from the fashion industry but from the Street.” The
story of the brand is based on a great friendship. Unpretentious, they have
embarked on an adventure where passion, friendship and hard work drove them to
success.
 
THE BA&SH W:
The ba&sh woman
is a woman who loves life, an happy womand who likes traveling and who is
active. She looks like Barbara & Sharon friends. The ba&sh woman is evolving with
Barbara & Sharon, she takes care of her. Even a
 Yoga collection is coming soon!
 
THEIR VISION OF FASHION:
« We create and produce
at first what we want to wear! » This season, both of them are craving for capes,
belted coats and can’t wait for spring to wear long printed dresses. When I ask
them which essentials every woman should have in her wardrobe, they answered
me without any hesitation: « A little black dress and a Jeans, we all need
a great pair of jeans!”
 
A CRAZY DREAM:
After developing
their brand to the international, our 2 French designers have a crazy dream:
“Why not opening a ba&sh hotel » they said. « A place where we could receive our friends
and sharing some good times! »
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