Firebird Leather is the result of Nix Rodriguez’s lifelong inability to leave shiny things alone. Originally a passion project that began in 2008, Nix taught herself leatherwork through a series of happy failures and baffling successes. Eventually, she grew tired of having to constantly get on airplanes and live in hotel rooms for her job as a live sound engineer and in 2014 Nix made the part-time gig a full-time event.
Firebird Leather opened a retail location on Hollywood Blvd just a few doors down from the still operating punk rock leather store that was the genesis of Nix’s leather obsession. At some point in ancient history, a ten-year-old Nix stumbled into the iconic shop and was enthralled by the scent of leather and the combination of shine and dark. So began the infatuation that would lead to Firebird Leather taking up residence nearby. After a year Nix decided the daylight hours and tourists of the Blvd just weren’t conducive to living a long prison-free life and moved to The Haven at Cope Studios in 2015.
Inside this new (mercifully daylight and tourist free location, which also provides essential access to the required massive amounts of caffeine) Wearables for the Bold are created. Using leather, feathers, fur, and scales (as well as the odd shiny thing) Nix makes items most likely spotted on the SyFy channel, indie fantasy/science fiction films, and stage productions as well as for those clients who need to make a show stopping entrance. Continuing to uphold her engineer roots, Nix incorporates electronics into her work to create sound reactive LED armor and headdresses as well as ball gowns, body harnesses, and other original designs.