Birds of North America is a Canadian line of clothing founded in 2007 by designer Hayley Gibson.
Birds began in a tiny live/work studio in Victoria, BC, in 2007 before Hayley and her partner, Neil, moved to Montreal in 2008 in order to have better access to suppliers and clothing manufacturing. They connected with an incredible team of cutters and sewers in the historic garment district of Chabanel with whom they continue to work to this day. Since the brand’s inception, every item of Birds' clothing has been proudly and ethically made in Canada.
In 2015, the Birds studio moved to the Junction Triangle in Toronto where all of the design, pattern making, grading, marker making and stock processing takes place. Their original team in Montreal still cuts and sews all of their clothing.
Many of Birds' retail accounts across Canada have been with the brand for more than a decade, promoting independent designers who produce ‘Made in Canada’ clothing like theirs.
Birds of North America’s first retail location, and flagship store, opened at 1114 Queen Street West in Toronto’s vibrant West Queen West neighbourhood on August 15th, 2018.
About the designer:
Hayley was born and raised in Victoria, BC, on the West Coast of Canada. She developed an interest in sewing as a child and gradually progressed from small hand-sewn projects to disassembling and reconstructing vintage clothing. She graduated from Ryerson University’s Fashion Design program in Toronto in 2002. Hayley spent several years working in custom tailoring, first as an apprentice, and later under her own label before starting Birds of North America in 2007.
Hayley and her partner, Neil MacCormick, have shared a studio since they met in 2006. Neil works as an artist but manages to squeeze all the graphic design and photography for Birds into any spare moments in his days.