Friday, June 27, 2014

Meet Anita // Bird Apparel

If you haven't heard of Bird Apparel yet, I'm super stoked to be the one to introduce you!!! I cannot express enough how wonderful this company is! First of all, The lovely Anita is the lady behind everything you see in the shop! She's extremely talented and has a great eye for design, style, patterns, and fit!! I'm speaking from experience as always, because the items she sent my daughter and I are topping the charts right now! When you touch the fabric you immediately think quality and comfort! The fabric is not so thin it would fall apart, but not too thick and heavy. It's literally perfection... stretchy, movable, breathable, comfortable!! Here's a little excerpt from her "about" section in her shop and I'd highly encourage you to read more!

"I design, draft, cut, print and sew my entire collection from my home just outside of Toronto, Canada which I share with my husband and two children. Each Bird Apparel garment is handcrafted with a focus on quality fabrics, comfort, fit and construction. I combine clean minimalistic lines with a relaxed fit adding the occasional bold pattern or unexpected pattern detail while still keeping the designs modern and clean. The Bird Apparel line is easy-going, great for layering and can be worn in all seasons from day to night."

Her pieces are so unique and yet so simple. Simple enough to pair with so many things you probably already own, yet they are unique enough to stand on their own! I seriously love what she's done and that she takes so much pride in the quality and design of the items she creates! I'm excited to show you what Anita sent us! 

my girl, always dancing ;)

watermelon leggings & watermelon crop top (we're OBSESSED)

her leggings are paired with a simple chambray dress (Lands End) and my crop top is paired with a basic black maxi skirt (Target). Nyah's flats are Old Navy and my sandals are from Target.


let me just tell you that Anita is so awesome that she extended these size 8 leggings for my long legged girl!! It's almost impossible for me to find a pair that fits her bc she's so tall and lanky, but Anita solved my problem! These beauties fit her PERFECTLY in the waist and length and stretch beautifully! in love!

This splatter print headband is Bird Apparel as well. So simple, yet unique. I love that its black and white... more opportunities to wear it :)

my skirt is made of the same fabric! The skirt is a little higher in the front than in the back giving it a unique look! Its called a "curved hem" mini skirt and again the fabric is perfectly stretchy and comfortable! (top is from F21 and heels are from Target)

you could totally wear flats/sandals with it to give it a more casual feel, or throw some heels on and rock a more dressed up look! So versatile which is what I'm all about!

Anita is such a hard working, creative, dedicated woman. Another gem that I would be thrilled to meet in person one day! I love her story and the influence she's grown up around! She was obviously made to do this and its so obvious! She just like many of us, a super busy mom who has priorities in many places, which equals major multitasking and priority adjusting, but she's done an amazing job and I'm so inspired by her. I'll let you read our little interview below so you can get a better picture!

         Anita and her adorable family!!

How did Bird Apparel come about?

Since I was very young I have always loved fashion and creating clothing.  I come from a family of tailors and seamstresses, so it’s in my blood.  I have a diploma in Fashion Design and have worked in the textile industry as well, but it wasn’t until I was off work raising my children that I started the Bird Apparel line.  It was something I could do to make some extra money while still being home for them.  Flash forward a few years and it’s still going strong and better than ever, with a kids line too!


What is something you've learned from starting you're own business?

Be patient and persistent!  Success will not come overnight, but if you believe in yourself and your product everything will fall into place.  It took a long time to get to this point, and I’m still growing!  Making connections with others and putting myself out there on social media and in real life has truly helped to propel my business forward.


Who/what has inspired you the most along this journey?

My family and friends for all their love and support.  Also, the numerous mompreneurs who have made a successful business while raising a family.


What is a goal you hope to achieve in the near future?

I would like to keep expanding my kids line to include dresses and tees for both boys and girls.  Some of this is already in the works!


Describe a typical day in the life of Anita...

Wake up.  Get the kids up.  Make lunches while one kid eats breakfast and shout at the other one to get out of bed.  My youngest loves to sleep!!  Once the kids are off to school, I clean up the hurricane they have left behind, eat breakfast, work out and then shower.  Next, I typically check e-mails/orders, cut, print fabric, sew, iron, package and then make my way to the post office.  Sometimes I eat lunch.  When the kids get home, we spend some time talking about their days, then unpack backpacks and I finish up any work and new listings.  Then I make dinner and we try to eat as a family when my husband comes home.  That doesn’t always happen as we have a few nights where we rush to to guitar, soccer or swimming.  At night, we usually relax and watch a bit of tv before bed and I get some cleaning and laundry done during commercials armed with a cup of tea or glass of wine.


What is something super quirky about you?

I’m a neat freak!  OCD I think.  I’m constantly picking up little specks of dirt on the floor that no one would even notice.  I can’t relax until everything is neat and organized. 


Thanks so so much for sharing Anita!!! I love what you're doing and cannot wait to see more of what you come up with in the future. I'm so hooked on your shop and amazing customer service!! You already know this :) I think you're wonderful so keep doing what you're doing and eventually everyone else will figure it out!!

Anita is being super sweet and sharing a little discount code with all you lovely readers!! Just go to her website (www.etsy.com/shop/birdapparel) and enter the code "CHIRP15" to receive 15% off your purchase!! Make sure you are following her on instagram too (@birdapparel) so you can be the first to know about new releases and sales!! Happy Weekend!!

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