Meet local fashion designers George Hall II of Gezzani Homme and Robert Craig of Robert Craig Designs.
George and Robert are both creative directors specializing in custom apparel. George additionally creates bespoke pillows for the home. We asked each designer a bit about their background and why they love using our fabrics.
Robert, how did you get started?
“I started sewing at the age of 15. I had a cousin, who was probably 7 at the time and wanted to get her a birthday gift. Being a teenager without much money, I decided to go to the fabric store in the small town where I lived and just purchased fabric. I later went home, cut out a pattern of comic strip paper and made her a dress…so it was pretty much a God-given gift.”
What inspires your designs and do you have a particular aesthetic you are known for?
“My design is inspired by classic, timeless looks that are never dated. You’ll always be able to go and pull the piece out, made by me years ago, and it will remain relevant in this day and time. Most of my customers like a tailored fit and the use of dramatic fabrics.”
What are your favorite types of fabrics ago work with and are there any particular patterns or colors you gravitate towards?
George, we love your jackets and pillows! How did you get started?
My mom is a seamstress and in high school, I started experimenting with fashion; modifying jerseys and then later in college expanded into apparel design and now oversee all aspects including photography, graphics and media. We have also worked with screen-printing and direct to garment digital prints.
What inspires your design? Do you have a particular aesthetic you are known for and do you follow trends?
In part, I am motivated by trends and while going through the design process, certain aspects of what is “current” may come out. A fabric’s pattern or texture can serve as the springboard for inspiration. Jackets always have our signature purple lining and specialized details. What sets us apart is a focus on quality materials, particularly ones that are unexpected and not something generally found in an apparel-specific fabric store.
Why do you use upholstery fabrics for your jackets and pillows?