Gabriel’s work is rooted deeply in tradition. His designs balance the cultural depth of his father's generation with the appeal of contemporary fashion. For example, the fringe necklace is inspired by a Kikuyu tribal necklace. The Kikuyu women wore different forms of jewelry to signify different chapters of her life. Upon betrothal a woman’s father in-law gave her the what was then known as The Kikuyu Necklace, which was made from the use of rope and bamboo sticks in the fringe design.