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Issue 135 • Friday, April 11, 2014
Movementbago is a streetwear line
created by Nicolette Leacock. As an
international student and the only To-
bagonian at her university she re-
alised that not much was known
about her home island. The line aims
not only to provide trendy streetwear
but also to create something unique
to the island.
MM: What is Movementbago?
MB: MovementBago is a street wear
clothing line that is inspired by Tobago
but it's made for everyone of course. It
was launched on November 23, 2013.
So far the line includes T-shirts, Crop
Tops, Sweat Shirts, Snap Back hats,
Five Panel hats, Bucket Hats (or fishers
as some people say), Beanie Hats and
Wristbands. It has been my effort to
put Tobago, the lesser-known half of
our sister isle on the forefront for once
and to let people know that we are here
and yes we actually do exist. Its been a
great outlet for me to use my creativity
and provides me with the means to
give back to Tobago so although I only
officially launched on the 23rd of No-
vember 2013, in January of this year I
donated $5000 to the Happy Haven
School which is a local school for chil-
dren with disabilities.
MM:What motivated you to create
MB: I am currently a full time student
at the University of Miami and I am
also the only person at my school from
Tobago. I have a lot of friends from
Trinidad and whenever we're liming
and people ask us where we're from
everyone always says Trinidad and I'm
usually the one chipping in behind like
AND Tobago or I meet people and they
ask me the same question and I say
Trinidad and Tobago the response is al-
ways like "ohh you mean Trinidad", so
I've realized that not a lot of people are
familiar with Tobago and in all honesty
it is a rare occasion that I meet a
Trinidadian that says they are from
Trinidad and Tobago, so I wanted some-
thing that was just about Tobago for
MM: How long have you been in-
volved in design and styling?
MB: MovementBago is actually my
first venture into this field.
MM: Describe your personal style.
MB: My personal style has always
been quite tomboyish but its also a few
elements of everything else, for the
most part it depends how I feel when
I'm getting dressed. Some days are girly
days and others I think I'm Kanye West
(lol). I love sneakers, my favourite
brands being like Vans, Nike, Jordan's
and Converse. I like the recent trends
bringing back the New Balance and the
Timberlands, but my current obsession
is jelly sandals.
MM: What are your long term and
short-term goals for your company?
MB: Currently I am working on the
summer collection that I hope to have
ready by the end of June and also just
increasing the awareness. I recently re-
leased our RoadTrip video, which gives
the public a little more insight on the
brand. In the long term I would like to
see MovementBago gaining more in-
MM: Tell us about yourself.
MB: My name is Nicolette Leacock
but most people call me Nico. I'm 20 yrs
old and I was born and raised in Tobago.
I am currently pursuing a double major
in Business Management and Market-
ing at the University of Miami in
Florida. I'm very creative person and I
am always looking for inspiration. I love
music, a little bit of fashion and ruby
woo lipstick. I think I'm funny but my
friends would probably say that's de-
batable (lol) work wise I am entirely
self-motivated and I like to get things
done and they have to be exactly how I
want it, which so far with Movement-
Bago drives my family and close friends
nuts because I wont stop on till I get ex-
actly what I want.
MM: Describe the streetwear line.
MB: The MovementBago line started
off primarily as a platform to market
and showcase Tobago and the people
of Tobago in a cool and fashionable
way. I like to describe the overall con-
cept of the line as Urban street wear
with a slight Caribbean influence. I am
inspired by things that I see and experi-
ence in my everyday life and this helps
the development of the concepts that I
design, like for instance the tag line
"Paradi$e Capital" that is used on one
of the designs was a play on words in-
cluding the dollar sign in the word 'par-
adise'. I got this idea while sitting in my
economics class. It's meant to repre-
sent how we live in paradise but at the
end of the day everything comes down
to the $$$. The use of the word 'Capi-
tal' also referred more to its economic
meaning rather than actually being the
'capital' of paradise.
MM: Who would you most like to
see wearing your designs?
MB: When I first launched the line I
really wanted to see Bunji Garlin in it
because I felt like if people saw some-
one known and who was not Tobagon-
ian wearing it they would see that it
was not only for Tobagonians and that
it was something everyone could em-
brace. He turned out to be the first
artiste to recognize the brand and to be
seen sporting it so that was pretty cool.
I think right now I have my sights set
on just seeing people from all over the
world wearing it.
MM: What has been the response
to the line?
MB: The response has been over-
whelmingly great, people really love the
designs and are proud to wear it re-
gardless of being Tobagonian or not. So
far I've received orders from places as
far as Germany and it's amazing to see
the reach the brand already has.
MM: Anything else to add?
MB: I'd just like to say look out for
"Paradi$e" the summer collection being
released in the next few months. Fol-
low us on Instagram @movementbago
that's where all the cool stuff is and
shout out to my mom who keeps
things going while I'm at school.
Nicolette Leacock with Kees and Gyptian.
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