HOW IT BEGAN
The idea behind Urban Made Project comes from Nicole’s three years of working the fashion industry and passion for empowering communities through innovative solutions to promote long-term growth.
Nicole first became interested in the garment industry at The Skyscraper Museum where she assisted in the research and production for five exhibitions including Urban Fabric. This led her to become involved with Save the Garment Center, a grassroots organization that brings awareness to local factories and emerging designers, and DG Expo, a multicity fabric and trim show. She has also worked with Young & Able for their annual holiday pop-up shop and interned at The Architect’s Newspaper.
In 2014, Nicole completed her undergraduate thesis on the importance and growth of “Made in New York” with a focus on New York’s Garment District to show the relationships between designers and their production facilities. The research paper was featured on The Emerging Designer as a three-part feature story.
In the past, Nicole was a guest speaker at The New School and FIT to talk about the challenges and future of New York City’s garment manufacturing industry.