Inspiration comes from many places. I love architecture and cities, but also organic shapes and flow. I love flipping through the latest designs from all my favorite designers. When inspiration hits, I sketch out the design on paper or drape it on a dress form by pinning fabric the way I want it to look. I try to work out most of the visual details for the design here. If the idea makes the cut, I will go to the next phase which is creating a pattern.
I am a master patternmaker, with over 20 years of patterning experience. I also really love patterning. Once the design phase is done, I will create a hand-drafted pattern. This is the intensely mathematical rule following/rule breaking fun of designing. The pattern is then cut and sewn in test fabric to see how it fits. This process goes back and forth until the fit is how I want and the seams are where I want...which could take 3 to 12 months of refining and fitting to finish. You've heard the term "slow fashion". This is that.
Everything is made in monthly small-batch construction or made-to-order pieces. This way I have pieces for immediate orders, plus I can offer customized fit options when needed. I continue to sew whenever possible, but also have a small team of highly skilled seamstresses to help fill orders. We put a lot of effort and care in construction of De Novo pieces so our coats will last.
Working with you
The beauty of working directly with customers is that I receive valuable feedback regarding fit and comfort. Seeing designs on bodies of all shapes and sizes gives me valuable insight where designs can be improved or new ideas born.
Being customer focused, I also offer made-to-order pieces with custom fit adjustments. Contact if you'd like a customized piece!