Welcome to the personal sketchbook of Rebecca Harkin, designer behind the children’s clothing line chirp & bloom and freelance designer assisting various other brands. Rebecca’s world is filled with color, pattern, and humour which you can see in these pages.


Rebecca got her start in fashion when her mother set her up at the sewing machine at age six. Her first creation was an au courant reversible wrap skirt with denim on one side and gingham on the other. In middle school, she made herself Bermuda bag covers to match every outfit. In high school she advanced to knitting her own argyle sweaters. Clothing had become an obsession and there was no stopping her from heading off to Rhode Island School of Design to obtain her degree in apparel design.


After a brief grunge stage and a stint designing skiwear in New England, Rebecca went back to her roots designing for preppy women’s labels in New York City. During her nine years working for a small company, she became involved in many aspects of the business from merchandising, design, and marketing to sourcing and production. “Neo Preppy” or “Traditional with a twist” is still her go-to style, especially the colorful and whimsical side of it.


Since relocating to the Philadelphia area, Rebecca has expanded her expertise into new areas. Her feel for cheerful color and pattern lends itself well to childrenswear, and she began providing design support to several childrenswear manufacturers on a freelance basis. An overflow of ideas led to the founding of her vintage-inspired children’s line, chirp & bloom. It became one of her most valuable experiences, a business boot camp to be sure. Always eager to learn new things, she has taken courses in graphic design and interiors. Further overflow of ideas resulted in the creation of this website which she designed and coded herself. All of these various experiences have made her the versatile and resourceful designer that she is today.


Rebecca is always open to interesting design projects that she can really sink her teeth into, especially those with a colorful, pattern-oriented, fresh aesthetic. Many of the ideas on this site are available for further development. View full resume.


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