In a world where garments are turned out in the millions, Barnes still prefers traditional methods of the atelier and tailors. She is a strong advocate of supporting local businesses which is why all of her garments are individually cut and sewn in Vancouver by her team of professional seamstresses and tailors who have been working with her since the late 1980’s.
Barnes’ has many private clients whom she designs for whether it’s a custom suit, wedding dress or simply a well fitting shirt. Both male and female clients are welcome.
In addition to design, Barnes’ is an avid runner both on the road and trail. She and her partner Deborah Nielsen of 17 years competed in triathlon for 8 years but hung up their bikes in 2015. Deborah who has her own Interior Design company, share’s Barnes’ passion for adventure & running, so now based in the Shipyard District of North Vancouver, you can find them trekking through the North Shore mountains most weekends & competing in local races.
In 2011 Beverli & Deborah started CA5 Athletics. ca12345.ca A locally based company that designs and makes bamboo athletic wear and custom gear for individuals, local businesses and sports events. 2019 was their first year sponsoring the Knee Knacker 50K trail race by creating a unique bamboo beanie for each of the 250 athletes who competed.
When Covid-19 interrupted the world as we knew it and all races were cancelled for the foreseeable future Barnes & Nielsen put their efforts together to make masks through CA5 for local front-line workers and individuals with the help of their skilled seamstresses and the Shipyard District BIA.
We are all in this together.
Deborah, Beverli & their rescue dog Tailor at the RunGo Dash For Dogs 2018