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 70’s where he freelanced for various clothing companies including Guess? developing the company’s first pair of jeans. He then started his own line of clothing in the 80’s which continues today. Gabriel has taught design, patternmaking and draping at both the Academy of Art and Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco, and was voted the best teacher in the fashion department by his students in 2005. Gabriel has been employed as a patternmaker, designer, and for the last several years as director of technical design in companies as varied as The Gap, Pottery Barn, Forever 21, and held a senior directors position at BCBG.