Beverli Barnes studied at the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York City from 1978 -1982. Upon graduation, she worked as designer and fashion illustrator for Natori, a high end lingerie design house in New York. She returned to her native Vancouver in 1983 where she started her own custom design and patternmaking business.
Throughout the 1980’s, Beverli freelanced as a patternmaker to many local designers and clothing manufacturers. She worked as a fashion illustrator and created several storyboards for film, in addition to teaching Fashion Design at The Blanche MacDonald Institute.
In 1992 she began designing shirts and robes for the legal community and expanded her line of courtroom attire for men and women. In 1996, her company “Is It Legal” opened the first ever of its kind “legal boutique” at Holt Renfrew and Ms. Barnes was nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year.
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.
In addition to design, Barnes’ new passion is Olympic Distance Triathlon. She started competing in 2007 and now divides her time between work and training.