Rural Ontario native Jenny Bird has got your lady bling problems covered. Self-taught in accessories design, Bird got her start in New York City’s garment district, creating a capsule collection of luxury handbags which garnered rave reviews and a coveted trunk show at Henri Bendel’s. But after the market crashed in 2009, Bird needed to take her career in a different direction. After her first jewelery collection, she knew it was “divine intervention” that forced the change in focus.
Five years later, Bird splits her time between NYC and Toronto, and is inspired by women of the world. She believes she’s found the perfect balance between uptown finish and bohemian spirit. And we definitely agree, which is why we now carry the line at The Shoe Hive!
1. How did you get started as a jewelry designer?
The market had crashed, and the brand needed a new category to survive (the Jenny Bird line started with bags). I had taken jewelry making courses and loved it. From the first collection I knew it was a natural language for me. It was divine intervention from the universe that forced the redirection, and me onto my intended path.
2. Describe the woman who wears your jewelry.
The women who wear Jenny Bird are free-spirited, confident and feminine (with an edge). They are often style leaders among their friends and colleagues at the office and enjoy looking “of-the moment”, but never want to look overtly trendy. They have a strong sense of individual style, love pieces with a bohemian spirit, and relate to the philosophy “Fashion is what you buy, style is what you do with it.”
3. My fav pcs:
I had to choose 4;)
– Kundali Serpent Studs
Everyday. It’s just so nice to find a stud that isn’t boring. I love wearing statement necklaces and so find these are the perfect touch to finish my look, without competing with my necklace.
It’s also the Year of the Snake and wearing serpents is therefore very lucky and empowering, so I’m enjoying harnessing that power. On the days I wear them, they give me a base of female warrior energy to take on the day and accomplish what I set out to!
(these next three in your Oct delivery/.…but I figured you’re likely waiting to put the post up until you have it all in?)
– The Long Horn Collar
What can I say? I GASPED when the final sample came out of the factory. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a necklace. I haven’t taken that first sample off.
– The Rite of Passage
I’m in love with the mesh component and the movement it gives this piece. It’s just so unique – I love that it’s both feminine and edg, both boho and rock and roll…all at the same time. I have the silver and it will be the staple I wear with my leather moto jacket throughout the Fall
– Illumina Earrings
Again because I’m in love with anything netted or mesh right now and love the movement it gives these earrings. I think if a girl had the Serpent studs above and these, she’d be set for the Fall/Holiday season. Love these for cocktails, but like even better with a T, chunky knit cardi, jeans and boots during the day.