After a number of years at a government job, Lynda Osborne left to open a boutique supplying her own designs in ready-to-wear and custom-made outfits. Specializing in one-of-a-kind fashions made by her, she soon became well known for her creative and unique styles, her bridal wear designs, and evening gowns. Later on, she had the privilege of being on the judges’ panel for a local beauty pageant.
She quickly grew to be an expert in her field. After the first two years, under the design label of Lyn Borne, she went into manufacturing her garments and began supplying two major local department stores, as well as boutiques in Trinidad and the sister isle of Tobago. She produced limited editions of trendy casual wear, swimsuits, semi-formal wear and evening wear, while continuing to provide custom-made fashions to her individual clients. She singly handled the sales, designing, cutting and fabric surface treatments. During the initial three years in manufacturing, her stylish sun-time pant sets, dresses and skirt sets included interesting detailing, as well as screen-printing, hand-painting and Shibori-dying on cottons, linens and jersey fabrics. Her Christmas collections saw unique cuts using designer textiles and sequined fabrics.
In 1991, Lynda was invited to sample Saori handweaving of fabric from a visiting Japanese weaver/artist brought in by the Japanese embassy, and for a few years, she created hand-woven fabric pieces and explored viable product possibilities. These included shawls, clutch purses and soft flat shoes,
Later, she diversified into fashionable office wear, and also delved into the carnival arena. For five consecutive years, she produced true body costumes for a major leading large-category band, and her self-designed special section was made the band’s opening front line one season. During all this time, she was self-taught in designing, with a knack for developing her own advanced techniques from basic learnt garment-making skills. With the advent of the computer, she would later come to realize that her creative knack applied to other creative media, as she quickly taught herself and transferred and upgraded her art and design skills onto the digital platform.
In 2008, Lynda took a 4-year hiatus, and went on to attain a Bachelor of Fine Arts honors degree in Fashion Design culminating in 2012, gaining some insights into the formal systems in the industry, while making comparisons with the real world.