Designer Greg Taylor of Walish Gooshe
Greg Gaten Taylor, a native of Washington DC, is the owner of Walish Gooshe, a women's ready–to–wear clothing label. Mr. Taylor attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia. After finishing at the institute, he opened his first showroom at the age of 24 and established the Walish Gooshe label. Since his debut, Greg’s fashion has been featured on the CW Philly Network, Fox 29 News, MSNBC, Philadelphia Style, and many other fashion news media. Greg has also had the pleasure of dressing several celebrities including Laila Ali, Sheinelle Jones, and Angela Russell. After its initial success in Philadelphia, the Walish Gooshe label continues to thrive. Greg Taylor has recently opened his first flagship retail store in Washington, D.C. where he continues to specialize in women’s ready–to–wear clothing. Walish Gooshe will present their Spring/Summer 2012 ready to wear collection and special pieces from their new gown collection that will have you in awe! For more information and a preview of the Fall / Winter 2011-12 line, please visit www.walishgooshe.com.
What led to the creation of your fashion business? Did you see a need/gap in the industry that you wanted to fill?"Fashion has always been in my background. I always felt like the clothing I saw in stores lacked creativity and edge to make you stand out from the rest. I thought the only alternative would be to design clothing that's classic with a modern look."
Are there any sources of inspiration/ influences that seem to be a common thread throughout your work?"I'm very influenced by red carpet events and galas because you get to see fashion in a very different light then you do from day-to-day. I get lost in recap photos from awards shows, fashion week red carpet events, and other special event photos. Designing gowns and cocktail dresses gives you a chance to think outside the box and let your design imagination run wild."
What role does/ can fashion plan in inspiring people and changing how we see ourselves?"That's such a great question! I'm loving your questions by the way! I feel that a customer is most likely to buy a garment from a designer based on the lifestyle around their collection- meaning I thrive on making my clothing company a one stop shop for a woman's everyday lifestyle rather then outfitting for one occasion."
What legacy do you want to leave behind via your creations?"I would like for my audience to know no matter what garment you wear from my Walish Gooshe collection you will always stand out, be fashion forward, and labeled as a fashion forward person. With a design aesthetic that allows you to wear pieces in any time period."