Local Love: Freedom and rebellion via a two-piece set designed in Toronto


Published:

Birds of North America manages to be both prim and proper yet peculiar all at once. The child of designer Hayley Gibson, who comes complete with a crop of blue locks, the label has slowly but surely secured a place for itself since stepping onto the fashion scene back in 2007. With vintage-inspired cuts paired with fun loving prints, these clothes speak to the lady who like to deliver personal style with a peppering of quirk.

In its early days, Gibson did everything for Birds herself, designing, cutting and sewing each garment. Now she runs a not-so-small business, employing a handful of studio staff along with dozens of contractors who whip up the clothing. The pattern grading and design is done right here in Toronto, while the clothing is cut and sewn in Montreal. While there are, yes, many prints for those who love to be a bit shoutier with their style, Birds’ classic cuts also appeal to gals who aren’t quite so fearless. 

From the current spring/summer collection, we adore the two-piece red bandana set ($129 top; $149 skirt). “A two-piece set like this is such a complete look that you don’t need much else going on!” Gibson says. Constructed out of 100% cotton (your skin can breathe!), the set pairs a cropped top with a high-waisted skirt, showing just enough skin to tease. Details like princess seams, a back button closure and pockets make all the difference for the wearer. “You don't even need a purse!” says Gibson of the pockets. 

“I love the ’90s feeling this classic bandana print has,” Gibson says. “It speaks to me of summer, freedom and rebellion.” We couldn’t agree more. Throw a black leather jacket over your shoulder and get ready to paint the town, well, red.

Edit Module

Join the conversation and have your say by commenting below. Our comment system uses a Facebook plugin. Please note that you'll have to turn off some ad-blockers in order to see the comments.

Edit Module

Karolyne Ellacott is senior editor at Post City Magazines. She can oft be spotted at Toronto’s most nostalgic diners wearing glittery heels and pink faux fur. Follow all of her eclectic writing interests on Twitter @kellacott and Instagram @itismekar.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

You may also like...

Local Love: A party blazer for Canada’s sesquicentennial

Local Love: A party blazer for Canada’s sesquicentennial

Lo and behold, we’re about to ring in Canada’s sesquicentennial this very weekend. For many this means donning the ole red and white combo but for others, something a touch less expected is desired. Leave it to Smythe — one of the country’s most revered labels — to whip up a garment that celebrates being Canadian in an incredibly chic manner.
Posted 13 hours ago
Local Love: Sliding into the footwear trend of the summer with a local designer

Local Love: Sliding into the footwear trend of the summer with a local designer

This summer, it’s all about the slide. Perfect for those who hate dealing with fiddly sandal buckles, it’s hard not to fall for the charms of the shoe that exudes low-key elegance. One of the season’s best finds hails from Toronto’s very own Zvelle line.
Posted 1 week ago
Revelling in the rainbow ahead of Toronto’s Pride Weekend

Revelling in the rainbow ahead of Toronto’s Pride Weekend

Posted 1 week ago
Homes: Take back your backyard

Homes: Take back your backyard

Posted 2 weeks ago
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit Module