About Shirley

I’m a mum of two plus have two grown-up step children and I also have my loopy cocker spaniel, Baxter to keep me entertained. I learnt to skate as an adult after spending hours at the rink watching my daughter learn.  All I ever wanted to know was how to go backwards but its addictive and before I knew it, I was in the adult synchro team!

I started Two Birds London after feeling frustrated about the lack of choice of ice skating clothing on the market, particularly products which were soft and comfortable to wear, warm and quick to dry. Everyone looked the same, wearing the same designs from the same brands. I wanted to be able to offer more choice in customising your practice clothing to make it personal to your own taste plus leave you feeling comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing.

The Design Process:

Two Birds jackets, leggings and men’s trousers are made from an Italian performance sports fabric which is fleece lined, moisture wicking and antibacterial protected.  I designed the leggings to have a wide waistband for comfort and plenty of length in the leg.  The jackets also have longer length in the body – even tall girls can wear Two Birds products without flashing their belly buttons and for mums it means there is plenty of growing room.  Our garments are made to last and don’t bobble in the wash so they still look great week after week.

I only want to sell products that I would wear or use myself so I strive to provide high quality fabrics with unique designs which will stand the test of time.  All the graphics are done in-house so you’ll never see a Two Birds design on another brand of clothing.

My Top 3:

My Guilty Pleasure:  Blackcurrant Bombes from Hotel Chocolat (I’m not supposed to eat them as they contain dairy which makes me ill but they’re so yummy!)

My Activity:  I love learning all of the pattern dances in my ice skating lessons

My Relaxation: Any kind of massage – it’s the only way to detach me from my phone & email 😉