Bird is Brooklyn’s first fashion destination, leading the fashion-pack across the river since 1999. Bird has been voted Best Women’s Boutique in New York City by
New York Magazine, Top Visionary Boutique in the United States by
Lucky Magazine and has received extensive coverage in
The New York Times.
The original Bird store opened on 7th Avenue in Park Slope in 1999. The second location on Smith Street in Cobble Hill opened in 2006. The third and largest location, designed by Norwegian architect Ole Sondresen, opened on Grand Street in Williamsburg in 2009 and is the first LEED-certified retail store in New York City. Bird maintained strict sustainability and green-building standards throughout construction and was consequently awarded the coveted LEED-CI Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Williamsburg store also features rotating exhibits by emerging artists.
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Bird owner Jen Mankins got her start in fashion working as an assistant
buyer for Barneys New York and later became the head buyer for Steven
Alan. Inspired by the independent designers she worked with, she
co-founded the women’s fashion label Charlotte Corday before returning
to retail and creating Bird. She travels for inspiration, seeking out
the best fashion collections and design objects. Jen is obsessed with
color, prints, textures, textiles and loves wearing head-to-toe tiedye.
She is a self-described failed minimalist; mix-and-match is her maxim.