ABOUT THE BRAND
our mission: intentionally handcrafted is a good way to describe bird trouble. ol’ fashion grassroots is the brand mission. bird trouble IS A WOMAN OWNED, SELF-FUNDED, DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING BUSINESS THAT TAKES PRIDE IN CREATING LEATHER BAGS FOR CONSUMERS LOOKING FOR A DIFFERENT BUYING EXPERIENCE. MOST BIRD TROUBLE CUSTOMERS ARE THOUGHTFUL WITH THEIR SPENDING. THEY BUY LOCAL MORE THAN THEY BUY FROM AMAZON / MASS CORPORATIONS AND THEY BELIEVE FAST FASHION TRENDS ARE A LEADING CAUSE TO CLIMATE CHANGE.
WHO + WHERE?: BIRD TROUBLE bags are DESIGNED AND HANDmade from start to finish in chicago IL by me, alexz sandoval. my collection is truly handmade in small batches in A COZY NORTHSIDE CHICAGO NEIGHBOR workshop STORE FRONT.
QUALITY: i stand behind the quality of bird trouble goods so each product has a 5 year warranty. i intend to design and create functional and fashionable goods that overtime can be seen as heirlooms. leather looks better each year. i just love the stories behind the human and the bag after it leaves my studio.
our production: First comes an idea, a sketch, a PROTOTYPE, and then i create a paper pattern to stay consistent in every bag i make. i CUT THE LEATHER by hand to ensure each piece is cut from the strongest part of the leather hide. i hand DYE THE LEATHER using eco-dyes that hold no toxic chemicals, which is extremely important to the brand mission of being handmade in small batches. after the leather is dry from a first coat, i usually add a few more coats, repeat, and then i apply a top coat conditioner. i CUT THE FRINGE *or sometimes pay my friend to*, i PUNCH THE HOLES, i set THE RIVETS, and i spend at least 30 minutes on any HAND STITCHING addition, then i sew each piece together, and i knot the ends of each stitch to avoid thread slipping.
customer service: bird trouble is proud to have prompt communication and honest, genuine, compassionate communication. i am happy to fix any problems that arise and i promise to make the customer’s needs a priority for me. i’m happy to accommodate the design of my products to suite individual needs. don’t be shy to reach out!
EXCLUSIVITY: Bird Trouble is sold DIRECTLY TO OUR CUSTOMERS through our e-commerce, our Chicago BRICK AND MORTAR + WORKSHOP, AT LOCAL pop ups, and chosen retailers THROUGH-OUT america AND CANADA.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
the designer of bird trouble alexz sandoval has always wanted to pave her own way in life as an artist. she has always been inspired by her adventurous and hard working family who relocated to america from mexico IN THE 1960’S.
AS A CHILD, she enjoyed watching her grandparents sew FOR A LIVING. HER SUPPORTIVE PARENTS GIFTED HER THE first sewing machine in high school BECAUSE SHE EXCELLED IN independent fashion design class. ALEXZ CONTINUED TO studY fashion design at harper college in palatine, il. after DROPPING OUT OF college EARLY AND MOVING TO CALIFORNIA, alexz OPENED AN ETSY STORE CALLED “BIRD TROUBLE” IN 2009 TO selL HER HANDMADE FABRIC WALLETS AND BAGS. SHE WAS 20 YEARS OLD BUT ALREADY HAD EXPERIENCE IN SELLING ONLINE. BUSINESS GREW FROM THEN ON AND SO DID HER LOVE FOR WORKING FOR HERSELF.
AFTER 2 YEARS OF LIVING IN CALIFORNIA AND PENNSYLVANIA, ALEXZ MOVED BACK TO CHICAGO. STILL FOCUSING ON BIRD TROUBLE BUT LACKING INSPIRATION, SHE MOVED TO MEXICO WHEN SHE WAS 25 YEARS OLD AND LIVED WITH HER MOM. EXPERIENCING HER CULTURE FIRST HAND AND THIS FREEDOM, INSPIRATION HIT LIKE A WAVE WHEN ALEXZ DISCOVERED A SPECIFIC NEIGHBORHOOD IN GUADALAJARA, MEXICO WHERE SHE SOURCED HER FIRST LEATHER HIDES. SHE MOVED BACK TO CALIFORNIA AFTER A YEAR AND A HALF, THEN BACK TO CHICAGO TO BE RECONNECTED WITH BETTER WORK AND FIND STABILITY.
HER FAVORITE PART OF RUNNING A BUSINESS IS BEING a part of the small business AND MAKER community. SHE LOVES learning how to be HER best self - ENTREPRENEUR - communicator - SUSTAINABLE FASHION ENTHUSIAST. NOW A DAYS - YOU CAN FIND HER WORKING A LOT - FULL TIME AT THE BIRD TROUBLE NEST, PART TIME WORKING AS A SERVER IN THE SUMMER, TAKING ON FREELANCE SEWING GIGS - BUT SHE STILL FINDS TIME TO SPEND TIME WITH LOVED ONES, EXPERIENCE CHICAGO, AND TRAVEL. SHE LIVES IN HERMOSA WITH HER BOYFRIEND, JUSTIN AND DOG, TYLER.