Mon Petit Oiseau

Mon Petit Oiseau

mon petit oiseau is a small independent label based in Los Angeles. The designer of the collection, Tracy Wilkinson, a British native, launched the company in September 1999. English girls grow up being referred to as 'birds'. It is considered an endearing term and it is for this reason Tracy chose mon petit oiseau or 'my little bird' as the name for her collection. In sketching the mon petit oiseau bird, Tracy designed a simple, sweet, and feminine icon that would perfectly mirror the collection she planned to create. Tracy grew up in Barnsley, a small coal mining town in Yorkshire. To escape the unpredictable weather during school summer holidays, her family would cross the channel to Brittany, a coastal region in northern France. It was here, during the early to mid seventies that she began to love the sweet simplicity of French style, and what became the inspiration for her collection. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in London with a masters degree in Fashion Design, Tracy was offered a job in New York and moved to the United States in 1989. Tracy has spent the previous 18 years working as a designer in the contemporary market in New York and Los Angeles. As an executive designer for companies such as Banana Republic and J.Crew, she learned her craft before venturing out on her own to create the collection she had always dreamed of.