As with all stories, the story of how I’ve found myself in the here and now is a long one, full of twists, turns, wrong directions, and red herrings. Luckily, everything that I’ve done so far has made me the person I am today, and I’m pretty proud of that! Throughout the years, I’ve clad myself in all kinds of fashion choices. Dr. Martens with band t-shirts and babydoll dresses. A-line skirts with 60’s collars and vintage shoes. I was always the tomboy though, even while dabbling in ultra femme fashion I would spend most days in trousers and button up shirts. Nothing ever stuck because I was on the hunt for something I could identify with, a style that I could mold to me and would protect me against the changing world. Then I got my first pair of Red Wings.
I knew only a bit about raw denim and the world of heritage clothing when I bought my first pair of boots. It was a short fall into that world once I started though. I was living in Nashville, Tennessee when a friend from Minnesota told me about the super great, super durable, lifetime lasting boots he wore to work everyday. He also told me about the sweet new pair of Imogene and Willie jeans he was getting. Almost a year later, I finally got myself a pair of I+W Elizabeths. They were incredible, but my mind wasn’t fully made up. Soon after, I bought a pair of Iron Rangers. Once I held them in my hands, saw the construction, could feel the care that went into making them, and could sense the history in them, I was hooked.
I started researching women’s raw denim jeans, looking for fits and styles that would fit both my personal style and , more difficult, my body. There wasn’t a whole lot of options out there at the time and there still aren’t when you compare to the options available for men. By the time I found Railcar I was living in Southern California, and was able to go in and shop in person. Talk about a game changer! With my trusty boots and a new pair of raw denim, I was on my way to full heritage obsession.
I was lucky, I knew people who knew where to start, and I was local to shops that were front runners in providing products to women. For all of the ladies who aren’t so lucky? That’s where Blue Birds is looking to step in. We want to provide a resource for women who are interested in heritage clothing and the brands that are focused on high quality, lasting products. Women are out there looking for needles in a haystack, and we hope to help you find it!
We’ll also be highlighting awesome women from around the world who are taking charge, being their own boss, and generally inspiring us. So hang around, it’s about to get good!