Gil left Portugal for London in 1997 to study architecture. Not long into his course he realized that his interest lay in a different, but not unrelated direction, that of shoe design. He graduated at Cordwainers London College of Fashion in 2003. Drawing influence from architecture and art, Gil cites the early 20th century as a major source of inspiration for his designs.
After 10 years of experience in this field and a very close relationship with the world of visual arts, Gil has gathered his own personal work and produced his first series of digital prints inspired on iconic fashion objects and people. Taking inspiration from street and pop art and juxtaposing it with fine art, Carvalho creates new and stylish takes on aspirational images in a bold, colourful and almost graphic way.