Designer Spotlight – Birdkage Style

Courtney Robinson is one inspiring (and stunningly beautiful) woman. This crazy talented designer/mother/wife/gourmet baker knows how to do it all with the utmost style and grace. I adore her towels, aprons, and everything she puts her hands on. Check out birdkagestyle.com for more info on where to buy these fabulous items, or you can find them at my shop White’s Mercantile in Nashville!! Finally, you can look chic while cooking…

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How insanely fabulous are these half-aprons??!! I fell madly in love the second I saw them…

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What is your ideal Afternoon Off?

Shoe-shopping at Barneys, then my husband and I taking our daughters for a picnic at our favorite spot in Central Park, followed with sunset on the rooftop of the Met.

Outfit?

Black skinny jeans by Rag & Bone, Maline Berger black tux jacket, white t-shirt, and black razor-sharp heels, probably Balmain.

Soundtrack?
The Song Remains the Same by Led Zeppelin of course!
Meal?
Right now, it’s all about the green juice!!!  Cold-pressed, and with tons of leafy greens, but not without the fruits- they have to be sweet tasting.  Lately, I’ve been having dreams about opening a little juice bar, and calling it birdkage juice……
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These aprons are stunning! So simple and chic and right up my alley. Tell us where your love for an apron-making was born?

It’s more about how it happened.  Upon going freelance after 10 years at fashion mags, I worked on some food shows and designed a few aprons for them.  From there, a business was born.
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You also make fabulous tote bags and tea towels that make amazing gifts, are any other items planned in the future for this line?

We are introducing new styles completely, such as table runners and these crazy new wine linens.  They make the perfect hostess gifts, just in time for summer.  On the horizon is BirdkageBeach, inspired by the beach lifestyle and bringing it beyond the beach (scheduled to launch 2015).

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If I had to pick one tote bag, one tea towel and one apron from your collection what is your current favorite

Our new over-sized shopper in grey & pink stripe (called the Newport); our Shibori Indigo napkins; and the Slate Peyton mini bib apron.

Last night I spilled red wine, among all of the chocolate chip cookie dough and pesto that accumulated on my apron through the night, how do you care for them?

Hands down, the best thing for red wine stains is the powder form of Oxy Clean- soak it in it- the results should be fast.  If that doesn’t work, I’d say it’s time for a new one!

I love your tags! I love your cotton drawstring tote bags that the aprons arrive in! I really believe in attention to details. Tell me your thoughts on this…

There isn’t enough attention to details in this world these days.  When you create a special product, you can’t just stop with the product.  The whole package is what makes the product a success.

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I am obsessed with your Montauk striped linen half apron, tell me about half aprons and why they’re important?

People love the half aprons when they want a little bit of cover, but don’t want the full commitment of wearing a bib apron; maybe for entertaining.  Most importantly, it’s also a cool complement to your outfit.

I hear you are quite the baker, has that been a passion from a young age?

Yep, for as long as I can remember. Cakes, pies and lots’ and lots’ of candies.

What are your most requested baked goods from your kitchen?

My mother-in-law’s brownie recipe!!!  You just can’t beat it.  I also make a mean homemade cookies & cream ice cream.

~Scroll down for recipe~

You were a very successful fashion editor and stylist in New York and London, how much did that experience play a role in the launch of your new business?

It actually helped launch Birdkage as it led me to the reason I got into aprons in the first place.  My experience also gave me a platform to launch:  knowing the ins and outs of the fashion industry, from both sides of the fence.

How many employees do you have?

6, including my husband and me.

What are your goals for Birdkage over the next 10 years?

To expand Birdkage not only as a successful fashion & lifestyle brand that’s known throughout the world; but also in the contribution we give back to this world.  Namely speaking, charities founded by Birdkage.

Where can shoppers find your lovely things?

Everything is available at birdkagestyle.comanthropologie.com carries a bunch of styles also. ABC Home in NYC has a nice selection if you’re visiting the city…

MY MOTHER IN LAW’S BROWNIES

  • 3/4 cup melted butter (not too hot)
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup flour (unsifted)
  • 1/2 cup hershey’s cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 8″ square baking pan.

Whisk butter, sugar and vanilla in medium bowl. Add 3 eggs to bowl and whisk.

Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in separate bowl. Add this to medium bowl and mix together.

Pour batter into greased pan and put on center-rack in oven.

Bake for 40-45 minutes.

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One Response to Designer Spotlight – Birdkage Style

  1. Brittany at itsClementime.com June 27, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

    I love the leather details on that apron! What a fun find. Thanks for the bonus recipe too!

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