byrd & belle
Founded in 2008 with a single, small sewing machine and a few yards of wool, byrd & belle has grown from a one-woman operation to a fully equipped design studio and manufactory. We specialize in cut & sew design and over the last decade, our work has been recognized for its modern aesthetic and high quality construction & materials. Each byrd & belle piece is designed, made and shipped out from our studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota by a small, hardworking team.
We believe in craft. We believe that attention to detail is more than a focusing of the eyes; it's a frame of mind. We count stitches. We hone skills. We have high standards and low tolerances. We believe that being makers makes us better designers. We believe simple is beautiful and form should always follow function.
Service is paramount. Work is good. Small is awesome.
Angie Davis founded 'byrd & belle' in 2008 after practicing architecture around the Midwest for several years. She oversees the studio and designs product for byrd & belle as well as other brands and special projects across the US. She's the one who answers your emails. Her favorite color is grey. This is her jam.
Serena makes things happen. She started here years ago as an assistant and she has moved through our ranks to become our lead Stitcher and a valuable part of our studio. She's an incredibly hard worker and brings an enthusiasm to each new project. She curates an excellent studio playlist. She keeps a tidy workspace. She's also quite tall.
Officially, Nick maintains our website and acts as a sounding board for all things digital. Unofficially, Nick uses our laser cutter to build robots and does a pretty good Ringo impression. He doesn't sleep much.
Our most beloved co-worker, Gert turned 12-years-old this year. She spends her days napping and collecting treats and affection from everyone who passes through. She has been part of this brand and studio since the beginning. Her middle name is 'Byrd'.
"That Hobby Looks Like a Lot of Work"
"The Best Handmade Objects"
"Davis says that one of the most important things she's learned is to be very clear with customers. 'Yes I have your order and yes I know your name. You're not just a number to me.'"
"10 Essentials of Warby Parker's Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa: I was looking for a laptop case forever for my MacBook Air before stumbling upon byrd & belle. It's light and compact so doesn't add unnecessary bulk. I literally run around everywhere with it in my hand."
"Angie Davis is closing the gap between architecture and product design."
"I’ve been using it for about a year, and I couldn’t be happier." Jesse Thorn
"We've long been fans of Davis, a Minneapolis-based onetime (almost) architect who is noted for her felt creations. Collaborating with Room and Board, Davis designed two totes, one for holding kindling, and another to be used as a catchall for the office and home."
"I keep coming back to this iPad Felt Case..."
"We simply love this smart little wool felt case..."
"Making Lemonade (Or in This Case iPad Covers)"
"Featured Seller, August 2009"
"From designing homes to handmade goods and accessories, Angie Davis of byrd & belle is the ultimate maker."
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