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Gabriel Russo

Bay Area, CA USA


Gabriel Russo started his career in the clothing industry as a 16-year-old kid from Brooklyn working as a fabric cutter in New York while taking night classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He worked for Anne Klein and Perry Ellis before heading to Los Angeles in the 70s. There, he freelanced for various clothing companies including Guess?™, where he holds the distinction of developing the company’s first pair of jeans. In the 80s, Gabriel started his own line of clothing which continues to this day.

Gabriel has taught design, patternmaking and draping at the Academy of Art and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in San Francisco, and in 2005 was voted by his students to be the Fashion Department’s Best Teacher. Gabriel has been employed as a patternmaker, designer, and for the last several years as Director of Technical Services in companies as varied as The Gap, Pottery Barn, Forever 21, and BCBG.

Read more about Gabriel’s process and inspiration in an interview from Deep Craft here