May 7, 2016

The 5%

This admission will probably sound absurd, but I only started wearing Birds of North America clothing with any regularity in March of 2014 – a full 7 years after starting the line. Before then, I had probably only worn Birds 15-20 times in total. I would throw on the odd dress for a special occasion, […]

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May 1, 2014

Paper Dress

This has been a brutally long winter. Months of bitterly cold weather, early darkness falling, and endless bundling in order to go out to do anything at all forces you to dig very deep to find a reason to keep going. On top of the endless, bone-chilling Montreal cold, we lost our dear old dog, […]

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November 3, 2013

Elvis Jumpsuit

This is what I consider to be my most embarrassing design ever. It is now fondly referred to in-house as the ‘Elvis Jumpsuit’. It’s from my second collection, Spring 2008. It has been stricken from the public record and I am highlighting its existence for the sole purpose of illustrating a point: things change. There is a misconception, […]

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October 6, 2013


The start of ‘selling season’ is suddenly upon me again. We completed the Spring 2014 collection in late August and will take orders from stores over the next couple of months so we can produce the line over the winter and have it ready to ship by February. Meeting with the store buyers is always […]

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June 2, 2013

Pear Shaped Girl

Working on patterns for spring 2014 last week, my thoughts kept wandering into how I perceive my own body and the implications of using one’s less-than-ideal measurements as a standard for fit. I use myself as the size 6/8/10 fit model, depending on whether it’s a bottom, top, or a dress, for all Birds of North […]

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