Shilo Byrd Studio is a fashion pattern, sample, and production studio based in NYC, primarily serving the Ready-To-Wear segment of the garment industry. The studio is owned and operated by inventive pattern-cutter, Shilo Byrd, and product developer, Jené Stefaniak.

We believe in specialists for specialized work. Our development and sampling capabilities encompass a wide range of garments and fabrications. With a staff of specialists, our expertise includes, but is not limited to tailored and draped wovens, eveningwear, corsetry, swimwear, lingerie, active and outerwear for both Menswear and Womenswear. In addition, we offer technical design, pre-production coordination, small run production, and large scale production coordination.

Our clientele includes fully established fashion brands showing and selling garments nationally and internationally to emerging designers. Every client we work with shares our passion for beautiful, well-crafted apparels.

Learn more about our services and process.



Shilo Byrd

Shilo Byrd – Founder & Head Patternmaker

The daughter of a custom bridal dressmaker, Shilo studied patternmaking and technical design at the Fashion Institute of Technology after gaining an interest in construction and fit working under a tailor. Shilo spent the early years of her career primarily freelancing in and out of numerous well known NYC based RTW brands, she is now a patternmaker with nearly a decade of experience.

Jené Stefaniak - Owner & Lead Developer

Jené Stefaniak – Owner & Head of Product Development

Jené studied bespoke development and construction under the Savile Row Tailors Guild in London, and landed in NYC to undertake further training in Couture and Eveningwear techniques for womenswear at Fashion Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the studio, Jené has spent the last seven years working in various ateliers both in London and New York as a stitcher, tailor, and restorer of vintage couture garments.

Melissa Calamia - Senior Intimates Developer

Melissa Calamia – Senior Intimates Developer

Melissa studied Fashion Design at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. After interning for various SF designers, she moved to NYC to design for a contemporary lingerie and swim brand. In her 6+ years of experience she has worked as a designer, patternmaker, and production consultant for lingerie, loungewear, swimwear, activewear and shapewear brands across the country.

Jenna Saunders - Assistant Intimates Developer

Jenna Saunders – Assistant Intimates Developer

Jenna studied Fashion Design at Ryerson University in Toronto. There she interned for a luxury level lingerie brand and fell in love with the intimate apparel industry. This inspired her to create a 15 piece lingerie and loungewear collection, with a special focus on underwire. For the past 5 years Jenna has worked for various lingerie brands doing product development and sample making.

Grace Ralph - Assistant Developer

Grace Ralph – Assistant Developer

Grace attended The Fashion Institute of Technology and Nottingham Trent University to attain her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Fashion Design with a focus on knitwear. She uses her technical skills to develop and construct a wide variety of luxury garments.  Upon graduating, Grace has held titles including Head Technical Designer for a RTW company and Production Assistant for a Bridal company.

Mirrah Buchter - Technical Designer and Production Coordinator

Mirrah Buchter – Technical Designer and Production Coordinator

Mirrah studied Fashion Design at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Finding her niche in technical design after focusing in a Gerber based tech design course, she then interned for various California designers, liaising between designer and local factories for small run women’s RTW collections.  In addition, she has over a decade of luxury retail experience and as a buyer focusing on curating collections of sustainable, ethically produced, and US based manufactured apparel.

Interested in joining our team? See our Careers page.




At Shilo Byrd Studio, we believe that industrial machinery is best for production. Not only is it outstanding for its reliability, but for the immaculate quality of final garments as well. Here are some of the machines we use in studio:

Juki DDL-555 straight stitch x2
Singer 96-21 straight stitch
Juki DDL-227 straight stitch
Merrow MG-2DNR-1 micro purl merrow
Singer 246-3 overlock
Singer 20U73 industrial zigzag
Singer 460-21 industrial stretch safety stitch
Juki MO-2416N industrial stretch safety stitch
Rex 518 blind hemmer
Kansai Special W-8003D-5 coverstitch
Bernina 230 zigzag/multistitch



If you have any basic questions regarding our Client Service Agreement, you can download a copy here. This document addresses many common concerns, a basic outline of what we ask of our clients, and what we obligate of ourselves.

If you have any unanswered inquiries, feel free to contact us at info@shilobyrd.com