Nichola Contemporary Maori Designs from Aotearoa launched mid-September 2016 as a rebrand previously known as NTK made, in operation since 2011. Wanting to be a little like Madonna and Cher, having just a single name, Nichola was created.
The label was born out of a passion to share stories and korero, to experiment, push creative boundaries and explore materials and mediums. Nichola Te Kiri is the lead designer of the company’s small whanau and friends based team, and subcontracts out to others.
Creators of contemporary Maori whakakai (jewellery), kakahu (clothing) and nga rama (lamps); Nichola’s collection is stocked in several outlets throughout Aotearoa as well as their online store.
The collection being displayed at New Zealand Fashion Week is Nichola’s M+H (Mahuika + Hinepukohurangi) and is their avant-garde collection debut.
A celebration of wahine, the assemblage is based around synergy, contrasts, and drama.Te Kiri added the highlight of showing at NZFW is purely being part of the biggest fashion event in Aotearoa. She acknowledged the honour and privilege she feels to be included in the Miromoda show, alongside other talented Maori designers.
As Nichola’s second year displaying at NZFW in the Miromoda show, this year was a little more special to the young brand as they placed first equal in the Avant-Garde section.
Aiming to cement the Nichola brand into the world of avant-garde fashion, this year they are showing skills and love for creating statement pieces that are unique and limited in number. For more information, visit www.nichola.co.nz.