LIFEwithBIRD is a Melbourne-based label created by Bridget McCall and Nicholas Van Messner. It is the combination of skills and experience that the duo brings to the label which makes LIFEwithBIRD such a unique collaboration.
Bridget McCall (‘Bird’), an accomplished photographer and fashion stylist, completed her training at Photography Studies College in Melbourne.
After graduation, Bridget pursued her interests in London, where she collaborated on magazine shoots for The Face and I-D magazines. Bridget returned to Australia as an agent for the Jade Jagger accessory range. Fashion runs through the family, with Bridget’s mother an accomplished fashion designer who made clothes for The Beatles and other rock celebrities in the ‘60s. While her sister worked in London as a stylist, and is now well-known for forging a name for herself with her self-titled label Alice McCall. With fashion in her blood, launching her own label was a natural progression.
Nicholas Van Messner (‘Life’) studied Fashion Design at RMIT in Melbourne. Whilst studying he began work with the street couture label, Maiike, as their Creative Director. With a mother who taught architecture at Parsons School of Design in New York, it wasn’t long before Nicholas’ interest in design and technical detail flourished. Fashion became his first medium.
A random act of chance brought the pair together and with interests heavily involved in fashion, creating a label was the next step. Armed with a strong vision, and a mutual motivation to create a well-designed and unique product, LIFEwithBIRD was born.
In 2002 Bridget and Nicholas launched their label. Drawing from their strengths, they displayed a technical ability to translate conceptual, ultra modern ideas into unique leather bags. In the four years since the conception of their label, Bridget McCall and Nicholas Van Messner have transcended their design pedigree to emerge as a unique talent within their own right.
Not only has LIFEwithBIRD forged its own contemporary aesthetic, their designs have grown to include a very successful womenswear, menswear and jewellery line.