Most recent contestant as Nicole Richie’s designer on NBC’s Fashion Star Season 2, Texas based Priscilla Barroso has had a wild run in the fashion industry since launching Crowned Bird in Fall of 2012. No stranger to travel, Barroso flies like a bird to her most inspiring places gathering articles of inspiration for each collection. Born as a first generation Turkish/Panameña. She understands that despite her less than traditional upbringing in the suburbs of Dallas, Priscilla is happy to have had it shape the nostalgic presence of her designs. Raised in a large extended family, her greatest influences still now come from all the strength and diversity of several generations sharing one home. Inheriting a love for fashion, travel, and forgotten novelties, an unplanned trip to San Francisco found herself with a scholarship studying fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She became the master of multi-tasking, working hard as a freelance stylist for Levi Strauss & Co, most pronounced bespoke tailor for Al’s Attire in San Francisco, and partnering in an organic and sustainable dog apparel line while attending school. Literally from head-to-toe, she has been involved of every aspect of production. She became known for her craft specializing in oddities of handmade hats, shoes, suits, and Victorian wedding gowns. Experiences in the industry lead to catching her own ‘Big Fish’ with eclectic designs contributing to the rise in independent American fashion. Her valuable knowledge and reference to styling, history, and functionality came from working hard as a woman in a man’s world. Priscilla has proudly tailored the best of San Francisco and beyond, assisting in producing private labels for Japanese brands such as BEAMS and UNITED ARROWS, as well as dressing musicians, from indies Two Gallants, to icons such as Carlos Santana and Tom Waits himself. Now, with the wisdom gained from a fortunate tailoring experience , Priscilla treads a lifelong ambition to unravel traditional garment making through colorful and inspired expression.
From classic French retro to quirky children’s prints, founder Priscilla Barroso designed a brand that illustrates her mindful avenue of perennial desire. Fathomable. Amused with generous personality. Defined as “To be the Queen of your Own Universe”, the label identifies a place where youthful idealism replaces the occupied novelty of saudade. Characterized by designer Priscilla Barroso, ” It is a lighthearted escape where comfort and eclecticism depart toward the nearest cosmic destination. Inspirations of the line are fragment exigencies of a storybook princess marrying her inner fem-boy novelty.” Barroso expresses herself as a external ambassador to her ideals. Her presence is joyful and voices articulate intention with every design. She continues, “We want to remain in the front of your closet. Mix and match it with what you already love to wear. Let is be the standout piece in your daily wardrobe. I like to think of it as trans-seasonal apparel that you can indulge in for years to come. This is not fast fashion. Crowned Bird has longevity and is made for stylish gals that live for eclecticism in everything they do.” Boldly captivating, these versatile anchor pieces provide building blocks for future seasons allowing for a more natural process of co-creation. Crowned Bird has a method of crafting designs based on sporadic inspiration rather than industry standards. Using intermingling textures, original prints, and timeless silhouettes, it is the past that relates to us on an empathic level. As if a meaningful expression within one era injects potent fervor by another. In other words, it’s all embracing contemporary line that keeps a little Grandma in mind. Thoughtfully made in the USA.