MEET LOUISE, FABRIC DEVELOPER AT GABRIELA HEARST.
As I get most of my creativity from the inspiring women in my life, I had to feature Louise in here sooner rather later. Louise has been in the fashion industry for a couple of years, beginning at French brand Soeur, and is currently a fabric developer at Gabriela Hearst. Ambitious, driven and talented, Louise is in charge of creating and developing the design, print and color way of every fabric at the luxury designer. When she’s not hustling, she’s living the best of both French and American ways of life, with a side of rosé. Get to know her, what she does, and discover her favorite spots in NYC.
Describe me your work at Gabriela Hearst. What do you do exactly?
I’m in charge of print development for the Women’s and Men’s collections, for both the accessories and ready-to-wear categories. I create and develop the design, print, color way of every fabric. I’m also working with mills overseas to develop luxury fabrics, mostly cashmere and silk.
Gabriela Hearst has been compared as an American competitor to Hermès for its high-quality and fine use of garments, so you can imagine we have high standards to meet, but that’s what makes it even more fun.
The cadence is also intense, I have already worked on the FW18, Resort19, Spring 19, Pre-Fall19, Fall 19 runways and I’m now currently developing Resort 20.
Any advice to share for someone who would like to get into fashion in NYC?
Work as hard as you can and never give up. This industry is tough but it’s worth it, specially when your passion drives you.
What are your favorite boutiques in NYC to refresh your closet?
Name your 3 favorite pieces in your closet.
My wide leg denim from Levi’s that I have had for 5 years, my Gabriela Hearst boots and my Chloé bag.
What wardrobe must-haves do you think every woman should own?
High waisted jeans, a white t-shirt and a cashmere sweater. Timeless staples that will always look elegant. You can dress them up with accessories and heels. Or down with dainty jewelry and cool sneakers.
Your next fashion purchase?
Your go-to coffee shop to get work done in the city?
Yours Truly Coffee on Spring Street, Nolita.