I’m Fran, a mama and maker with Australian roots. I now live with my family of four in our small, tight-knit community in the rolling, green hills of central Vermont. When I became a mother, I was always searching for high-quality clothing that matched my creativity and imagination of my little one. I started Shark + Sparrow while I was at home with my youngest and ready to put my creativity to work in creating hand-sewn outfits for my family. S + S is here to tell kids, parents, and adults that they can wear whatever makes them feel happy, comfortable, and confident!
What S + S is all about:
- Non-binary, inclusive clothing
- Ethical suppliers & pattern designers
- Supporting local
- Supporting women
A little more about S + S
Sustainable, slow-fashion can be hard to find for both adults and kids. A trend I noticed when shopping is the children’s’ clothing industry trying to push our little ones into gendered categories.
While style is important to me, I’m also all about social responsibility. When hand-sewing your clothing item, I only allow the tiniest of scraps to make it to the trash can. Everything else will get used and reused. Patch pockets, lining, reinforcements - I can use it. I also recycle fabric through the textile recycling services, TerraCycle. If I can share my unused fabric locally, I always will.
Whenever possible, I source from places that I know are running ethical operations. My snaps, for example, are sourced from a family-owned company that is self-admittedly "dog-crazy" and supports animal welfare organizations. Those are my people. I only want to work with businesses that are in support of social justice and equity for all. I want my supply chain and fellow business owners to be just as strongly supportive of an inclusive, diverse community as I am in everything that I do.
From my little sewing corner in central Vermont to wherever you are, S + S serves everyone looking for the next addition to their unique wardrobe. S + S is excited to work with you and your individual style whether you’re a busy young professional splitting your time between the office and the town or you’re seeking a unique item that shows off your toddler’s style at the next special occasion you attend as a family.