Founder of A Bird With A French Fry
Co-Founder of Belle & Beau Handmade
Creative writer, Designer and Maker
Lorinda Mamo was born and brought up in Toronto, Canada. While her formal education was based in the sciences, her heart and passion was always in art and design. She taught herself graphic and web design over the years and in 2010 she took a leap and opened a creative advertising studio (Design Chronicle Studios) with her husband. Two years later she was pregnant with her son and when she found a lack of local mothers sharing their experiences, she started her blog A Bird with a French Fry to share her journey of pregnancy and things for kids. When she found out that there was a problem with her baby, her posts started to dwindle as it was a difficult time and nothing like she expected.
One day she took the plunge to continue sharing her story, despite it not being the ideal situation. The positive and encouraging feedback she received gave her the courage to continue writing. This was even more so when she was diagnosed with cancer when her son was 10 months old. Her writing was her therapy but the lack of creativity was still lacking in her life. While waiting for her son to have his kidney transplant in London she needed to occupy her mind and began designing and creating cute accessories, gifts and home decor for little ones within the brand of her blog. Returning happiness and joy back into the world from an otherwise scary time, helped her cope with the difficult times as well as bring creativity back into her life.
In 2018, she co-founded and launched Belle & Beau with her friend Emma Diacono. This collaboration has allowed Lorinda to design and create their own line of designer bows, bow ties and other fine accessories and apparel for children. Fueled by her design and sewing skills this has continued to fulfil her love of building her own children’s brands.
Lorinda continues to design and create items for both brands, manages and writes for her blog, works on freelance design jobs while taking care of her medically complex son. She is inspired by all things happy and spreads positivity through her designs, creations and written word every day.