What do you love most about living on Long Island?
What I love about Long Island the most is of course the summers, more specifically the sun and the sand. I have been a Long Islander all my life and have shared so many memories on this beautiful island. I feel so blessed to have been able to grow up here and I feel even more blessed to be able to raise my son in such a great location.
How many kids do you have and what is there age?
My husband and I have one child, his name is Robert, but we call him Robbie. As an Italian-American family we stuck with the tradition of naming our son after my husband. Robbie is currently eight months old and if you’ve been following Bea + Birdie, he is my go-to when I’m in a pinch and need a quick model for a piece of clothing or an accessory. At the moment Robbie doesn’t have very many party tricks except the occasional rolling over and the shouting of “mama” at the top of his lungs. Robbie loves playing with his toys and is very independent in doing so. He is very observant of the world around him and has such an easy temper. They always say you never know a mother’s love until you are one, well Robbie is the apple of my eye, and I truly cannot imagine my life without him. Like most parents do, I wish better for my son, I want him to lead a healthy, happy, and stress-free life. Most importantly, I want him to be just as hardworking as his mother and father are. My husband puts his all into his business while still making time for his family. I admire my husband’s hard work and am motivated to do the same with Bea + Birdie. After I put my son to bed every night I put my blood, sweat, and tears into this business hoping to grow it to a bigger scale one day. I want to make not only my family proud but myself, I do this for my own self growth.
Why did you decide to launch your business?
The inception of Bea + Birdie began after multiple failed trips to a variety of clothing stores that specialize in children’s clothing and accessories. Each one visited was more disappointing then the last. Having a son, it’s so unfortunate that there are limited clothing options for boys. The sections were limited and seemed to be tucked into one corner of the store, each theme quite similar: pirates, dinosaurs, and trucks. Don’t get me wrong I love a good truck onsie every once in a while, (I do it for my husband and never let it see the light of day). I thought there had to be something more than just pirates, dinosaurs, and trucks? I had to make those dreams a reality, thus the birth of Bea + Birdie.
What are three words you would use to describe your business & why?
Minimal, Neutral, & Versatile. Most of our items can be worn by either gender and each piece pairs well with a plethora of different accessories, allowing parents and their children to dress their outfit up or down depending on the task(s) of day. I am super passionate about providing a fashion-focused product all whilst creating comfortability in my clothing. Every parent LOVES a good insta pic but not every child wants to cooperate (my son included), our clothing is not a hassle and is very easy to put on a child of any age, not to mention our super soft and breathable materials. So get that angle and snap that pic!
Tell us more about your business!
Hey! My name is Veronica and in November of 2021 I launched my minimalistic gender- neutral clothing brand, Bea + Birdie! Our products can be purchased through our Instagram & Facebook platforms as well as at the farmers markets that we attend on a bi-weekly basis. We love meeting our customers and we consider each a part of our Bea + Birdie fam. I like to greet every customer with a smile and a fortune cookie, at our markets customers have called me “the fortune cookie lady”. I put my business card in a fortune cookie, it’s a fun little thing I like to do. People may take the cookie and throw out the card but at least they get something sweet out of it!
What is the best mom advice you have received (or can give)?
Take it day by day, your son/daughter will only be “x” age for a certain amount of time so don’t rush things. I haven’t been a mother for very long but when people would tell me that they grow up quickly I didn’t believe them until I lived it. Each age comes with its pros and cons, I look back and was too foolish wishing away the newborn stage, those nights were certainly hard, but I would do anything to snuggle that newborn that I brought home. They really do grow up before your eyes so embrace each moment. We need to be mindful and stay in the moment, yes it may feel hard but embrace it and stay present, as those may be the times you miss the most.