Studio Shilo


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
Owner & 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
Associate 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
Product Development Assistant

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.

Sonja Tabb - Product Development Assistant

Sonja Tabb
Product Development Assistant

Sonja studied fashion design at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. She chose to study fashion because of her love of construction and sewing as well an obsession with beautiful fabrics. Sonja interned for Shilo Byrd Studio in 2016 to great success, and after obtaining her Bachelors of Fine Arts in fashion design and product development, she returned to the studio as staff.

Katy Patzel

Katy Patzel
Assistant Patternmaker

After working around the world in biomedical laboratories with a doctorate in biochemistry, Katy decided to develop her interests in patternmaking, fit, and construction by pursuing a second career in the fashion industry. She then completed the Fashion Design program at Parsons School of Design, and had interned at various designer and luxury brands before joining Shilo Byrd Studio as Assistant Patternmaker.

Alex van Riel

Alex van Riel
Assistant Intimates & Swim Developer

Alex studied Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design, where she found her passion lay in swim and intimates as well as construction. During her four years at Parsons, she completed a number of internships at both small and large companies, interning as a patternmaking assistant multiple times. Upon graduation, she joined the Studio as an Assistant Intimates & Swim Developer.

Maddi Ponko
Brand Development Manager

Maddi attended Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA to receive her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Fashion Marketing and Management with a concentration in Branding. During her education, she also studied Fashion Styling at Central Saint Martins in London, England and High Fashion and Photographic Makeup at the London School of Beauty and Makeup. After working in freelance marketing and press event positions remotely for 3+ years, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in fashion press and marketing.

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.


Thread & Lint Sourcing Specialist

Kit is an integral part of Shilo Byrd Studio. Kit has 9 years of experience in sourcing specialty threads and lint, particularly in places that are hard to reach.  Further, she works in an HR capacity providing stress management support for staff on stressful Fashion Week deadlines and a does a significant amount of client relations work wherein she attends all meetings, fit sessions, and lunches held on premises. Kit is a passionate vegetarian with a special love for carrots, apples, and anything crunchy and sweet!



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