Offering a curated collection of boho chic fashion and feminine handmade pieces—we are thrilled that Three Bird Nest is part of eBay’s Artisan Collective. So we sat down with founder Alicia Shaffer to talk snoods, turbands, how she takes the latest trends and reinterprets them for her creative, fun, fashionable, and active flock, which shoe she’s predicting will be hottest this spring, and simply the very best bad hair day fix. Read our interview for the whole scoop!
How did Three Bird Nest get started?
I originally carried a line of handcrafted accessories in my brick and mortar boutique. I decided to move the pieces online as well and launched the accessories during the holiday season of 2011. The business took off and the thrill motivated me to continue selling online for the last 4 years.
How did you start with handmade products and evolve your business from there?
Originally, we sold strictly handcrafted items, designed and created by myself and additional staff. Due to increasing demand and customer requests for complete looks we expanded into the curation of all women’s apparel and accessories. We have loved expanding our shop offerings and seeing our business grow and evolve into a complete collection.
Where did the name Three Bird Nest come from?
I have a tattoo of three birds on my forearm that represents my children—three baby birds in a nest—so I created the name for the shop from that. I was trying to think of a name and I looked at my forearm and it kind of popped!
What does “boho chic” mean to you?
For Three Bird Nest, boho chic means unique pieces paired with free spirited styling. It’s daring and unafraid to take on the latest trends. We curate effortless and wearable bohemian-inspired looks for women who love to play with texture and feminine color palettes.
Which celebrity embodies Three Bird Nest style?
The first person that comes to mind is Vanessa Hudgens. She plays with pattern, texture, flowy silhouettes, and trends that overlap with our take on boho chic. She also doesn’t overthink her look and she embodies the way we like to style—by mixing contrasting elements and layers.
Where you find creative inspiration?
What drives me to create, particularly for the artisan pieces, is the thrill of bringing my vision of the latest, most sought-after trends to life. I love mixing fabrics, yarns, textures, and cuts to create pieces that I love and that my customers love, too!
What do you look for in the brands that you bring into Three Bird Nest?
We’re always seeking out unique, interesting, fashion forward pieces with fun patterns and special details to pair with our best-loved basics. We look for things that have an extra little touch: a basic t-shirt with a hint of embroidery, pants that give a nod to feminine vintage flair, and pieces that we can bring together to build unique looks. We love brands with stories—brands you won’t see everywhere else. This way we know our customers will discover different clothes than what they see at the local shops.
As for our own original items, our team in California designs them and mocks up samples. Once we get it just right, we have the styles produced for winter or spring all from our Livermore, CA office.
What are you wearing this winter?
I am wearing high waisted jeans, vintage belts, and cap-sleeved tees or open backed sweaters. I am still wearing lots of layers to keep cozy, and well, because I love to layer! When it comes to Three Bird Nest we have a lot of fun projects in the works to make shopping with us even better for our customer. This is the first year we’ve really had a chance to branch out into new endeavors, so stay tuned. We have some amazing stuff in store!
What do you personally love to stalk and buy on eBay?
Denim! Flare and bell-bottom jeans…ones with a long enough inseam that they will fit me. I love vintage tees, jeans, boots, and leather belts.
Which are your three favorite pieces on sale right now?
Our beanies. Our fireside beanie is especially incredible and there is no better pom pom beanie. They are super cozy, feminine, and the best way to save a bad hair day. We have one of the softest snoods ever right now that anyone could spend all winter long in. I also love our two toned turband. It’s the perfect hair accessory and looks amazing with top knots or braids. Come spring, we’ll be adding some amazing beaded headbands and girly additions.
Do you have any style resolutions for 2016?
Spring is just around the corner so I’m on the look out for the perfect gladiator sandals. Our goal this spring is to offer our customers complete head-to-toe looks—effortless and timeless but with an unexpected pop of pattern or color.
Intrigued? Shop Three Bird Nest on eBay today!