So for about a month or so, Adrien has been asking his father for discarded textiles, just left overs or rejects in his fathers office after a design session.
He takes things like half used spools of thread, almost empty flasks of pearly buttons, a rejected roll of crocheted lace.
His father has no idea where Adrien is squirrelling them away to, but he’s actually okay with Adrien developing an interest in design and manufacture of clothing.
Gabe finds out from Nathalie that Adrien’s class is doing a project on manufacturing or something, and that parents are invited to look at the presentations. Gabe thinks ‘ah-ha!’ and has Nathalie open up his schedule this one time.
This is when he attends he realises where all his rejected clothing supplies have gone. The young lady who won his bowler hat contest is doing a project on textile manufacture. From the scraps she assembled a blazer, the outside is carefully arranged crocheted lace, the lining is soft pink satin (off cuts from an evening gown if he remembers correctly).
Her project covers how each type of fabric is manufactured, how they are coloured, stitched, knitted and pieced together to create a final product.
He understands, he thinks, his son has spent a month gathering treasures for this girl like a bower bird collecting blue bottle caps. So Gabe attempts to put a good word in for Adrien. So he tells Marinette about how Adrien has been putting a lot of effort into selecting the materials for her.
“Adrien did?” she asks, visibly surprised. “Is that true?” she cranes her neck at someone behind Gabe.
Gabe turns to find Adrien behind him, face pale, mouth gaping.
Oh… “Son, did you perhaps deliver those items anonymously?”
“Uh something like that…?”
Cue Gabe excusing Adrien and himself so he can apologise to his son for throwing off his game.