April 1, 2020 - April 1, 2020
Gabrielle Shiner-Hill is a highly skilled textile and fashion designer and product developer who has worked in the manufacturing industry for over fifteen years.
The last ten years working for global manufacturers Dewhirst and Esquel has given her exceptional insight into international fabric sourcing and global manufacturing routes. Her role as Design Manager at Dewhirst has equipped her with an unrivalled ability to take a product from initial concept all the way through to garment on hanger.
Her customers have included Ted Baker, Fred Perry, Burberry, Next, Marks & Spencer, Target Australia, Country Road, Thomas Pink, Tesco and Adidas. Her experience working with factories in countries including Portugal, Turkey, Morocco, China, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia means she is an expert at communicating with a varied supply base.
Many years presenting to financiers, directors and heads of design, has given Gabrielle excellent presentation skills and the ability to make a design proposal accessible to the non-creative. Gabrielle has also taught a textiles course at FIT in New York and lectured at international trade shows.
In 2016 Gabrielle launched her fashion and textile consultancy shinerhilldesign offering a service to brands that want to create a new product or create their existing product more effectively. shinerhilldesign offers knowledgeable, customer driven, transparent product development.
Gabrielle spent four years in New York working for the industry leading textile design software company Pointcarré and training Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Li & Fung, Glen Raven, Calvin Klein Home, Columbia Sportswear, Eddie Bauer and Ecko Unlimited. Making her an expert at applying software design solutions into the creative field, Gabrielle is now the sole UK trainer of Pointcarré. Gabrielle’s extensive CAD experience covers woven (Dobby & Jacquard), Knit and Print including layers, repeat creation, halftones and watercolour effect.
Originally a weaver with a lifelong passion for textiles Gabrielle is all about the fabric, this partnered with Gabrielle’s innate understanding of the critical path allows her to design and develop products with clarity and expertise.
Design led product development skills:
- Market research
- Fabric design
- Fashion design
- Palette consultation
- Range planning
- Interpreting a brief from a client
- Setting a brief for suppliers / communicating effectively with your supply base
- Leadtime and critical path management
- Trim design, advice and sourcing support
- Costings guidance
- Suitability of fabric for end use
- Specialist in CAD for textiles and fashion
- Tech pack creation
- PLM experience
- Washing processes
- Finishing techniques
Visit ‘Masterclasses‘ to view the next installment from Gabrielle.