Meet Frances Gabinsky- The print designer for the exotic palm print pyjamas.
June 17th 2019
Frances shows her talent through the breadth of her stunning prints. Having travelled far and wide she has the ability to draw on rich and varied cultures to create fresh yet sophisticated unique designs for collections all over the world. Growing up in Scotland Frances studied at Central Saint Martins in London where she started her career hand-drawing for Alexander McQueen. After a stint in New York where she developed embroideries and artwork for Diane Von Furstenberg she moved to Russia designing a collection for Moscow Fashion Week. She now lives in London with her baby and husband where we had the pleasure to meet her.
Before putting your paintbrush to paper where do you draw inspiration?
My inspiration comes from nature and everything around me, especially when I am travelling. I like to take photographs, do quick sketches, paint and record colour combinations.
What is the hardest part of designing a collection?
The hardest part for me is narrowing all my ideas down to one theme.
What was your proudest moment?
Living and working in Russia was challenging but I had the opportunity to design an entire print collection for Moscow Fashion Week from the initial concept to final production. Seeing all my prints on the catwalk was very exciting.
Favourite fashion designer?
This is hard, I love so many! I think at the moment it has to be Gucci because of their whimsical prints and electric colour palette.
Most inspiring country you have visited?
Visiting my sister in India in 2015 was truly inspiring. Being with the nomadic tribes in the Himalayas, marvelling at the hours that they spend tending to their pashmina goats. It reminded me of the tradition, commitment and effort that go into producing textiles.
What can you not travel without?
A camera of some sort, I love capturing everything.
When you have time to yourself, what do you most enjoy doing?
I have a nine month baby so sleeping and dreaming is high on the list, but I enjoy anything in the outdoors from walking to windsurfing
If you could go back in time which decade would you pick?
The revolutionary time of the 60’s and 70’s
Where do feel most at home?
In Scotland, you can’t beat a cold swim in the sea to rejuvenate your senses.
Favourite breakfast rendez-vous?
In Moscow I loved going to Dr Zhivago, it was open 24hours so it didn’t matter how early you wanted your breakfast and you could watch the sun rising over the Kremlin.
After a busy day, what do you do to unwind?
Having a big delicious dinner with friends.