In her graduate year at Whitecliffe College of Art & Design, Nicole Wesseling took part in the Restyle Project organised by French83. To her surprise, immediately after her graduation show, she was approached by the company, who wanted her to come on board as its new designer.

Aside from her role of designing the collections, she has been a part of the company’s expansion into Asia, with the added responsibility of producing clothing that can work across a now international market.

“The vision for the company is to bring the balanced New Zealand lifestyle to the rest of the world,” said Wesseling.

New Zealand Fashion Week will play a big part in putting the brand in front of international buyers as the company continues to explore its options outside of New Zealand. This includes its new concept store in Beijing, with more planned throughout Asia.