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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 hard working family who relocated to america from mexico IN THE 1960’S, HER ADVENTUROUS FATHER, HER SUPPORTIVE MOTHER, THE TROUBLES HER AND HER FAMILY HAVE ENCOUNTERED AND THE PROSPERITY THEY’VE REACHED THROUGH SURVIVAL.

AS A CHILD, ALEXZ 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 WHILE NOT REALLY ENJOYING ANY OTHER CLASS. ALEXZ CONTINUED TO studY fashion design at harper college in palatine, il. after DROPPING OUT OF college EARLY AND MOVING TO THE BAY AREA 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 VINTAGE CLOTHING ONLINE FOR EXTRA CASH. BUSINESS GREW FROM THEN ON AND SO DID HER LOVE FOR WORKING FOR HERSELF.

AFTER 2 YEARS OF LIVING IN CALIFORNIA THEN LIVING FOR A SHORT TIME IN PENNSYLVANIA, ALEXZ MOVED BACK TO CHICAGO. STILL FOCUSING ON BIRD TROUBLE BUT LACKING INSPIRATION AT HOME, SHE MOVED TO MEXICO WHEN SHE WAS 25 YEARS OLD AND LIVED WITH HER DAD IN A SMALL MOUNTAIN TOWN FOR HALF A YEAR, AND THEN WITH HER MOM IN THE CITY OF GUADALAJARA FOR ABOUT A YEAR. EXPERIENCING HER NATIVE CULTURE FIRST HAND FOR THIS LONG OF TIME AND FEELING THE FREEDOM FROM AMERICA’S “RAN RACE”, 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 FOR LESS THAN A YEAR AND THEN BACK TO CHICAGO.


SINCE ALEXZ THRIVES ON CHANGE, A LOT HAS HAPPENED SINCE MOVING BACK TO CHICAGO. ALEXZ FIRST CREATED HER GOODS OUT OF HER APARTMENT THEN GREW INTO CREATING IN THE BACK OF AD HOC (A LOCAL RETAIL STORE). SHE STAYED THERE FOR 2 YEARS UNTIL CHANGE CALLED AGAIN. LUCKILY WITH THE SUPPORT FROM OVER THE YEARS, ALEXZ SELF-FUNDED HERSELF AND ESSENTIALLY BLOSSOMED INTO HER OWN BRICK AND MORTAR WORKSHOP SLASH SHOWROOM SPACE.



ALEXZ’S 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.