NICHOLAS K

Day
Tuesday, 25 June, 2019 - 20:30
Hour
20:30
Place

Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau
C. Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167
08025 Barcelona

BIOGRAPHY

Set against the backdrop of Arizona’s expansive wilderness, Nicholas and Christopher Kunz’s formative years were spent exploring the barren deserts and rugged canyons of the Rockies. Coexisting with nature at the foothills of the Santa Catalina’s, the brother/sister duo acquired an affinity for the outdoors, consumed by exploration and a deep-rooted desire for conservation. Born to a Chinese mother and German-Irish father, the rich blending of cultures fostered an appreciation for diversity, insatiable hunger for travel, and inherent sense of wanderlust. Bolstered by dreams of becoming a designer from an early age, Nicholas honed her creative talents during high school, studying sculpture, drawing, and weaving at Michigan’s Interlochen Art Academy. Post-graduation, she parlayed her talent into design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and later refined her sartorial sensibilities at the Polimoda School of Design in Florence, Italy. Returning from overseas, an internship at Donna Karan segued into a position with the founding team of Coach’s Men’s sportswear start-up. Wooed back to DKNY amidst the denim explosion of the late 90s, Nicholas spent four years at the helm, launching men’s and women’s denim divisions before joining Nautica Jeans to work under John Varvatos. Continually bridging the gender gap throughout her career, Nicholas later consulted for Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and Polo Jeans, garnering indispensable hands-on experience that led to launching her own line. Effortlessly straddling the worlds of menswear and womenswear, the marriage of masculine and feminine aesthetics would later influence the progressive, utilitarianism of Nicholas K. Equal parts analytical and artistic, Christopher’s early years were spent working at Los Alamos National Laboratory, lending expertise to early stage technologies. Holding a Masters in Finance and Marketing and wholly entrenched in the world of bioscience, Christopher remained a fabricator at heart. Emboldened with a passion for product design and an innate appreciation for craftsmanship, he lives in a perpetual pursuit to improve upon design. First tackling equipment for a myriad of outdoor hobbies, he would eventually fabricate furniture and custom overland vehicles, learning to sew, weld, fiberglass, and woodwork. Christopher remains the consummate craftsman, endlessly, seeking functional design and bespoke detailing. In 2003, Nicholas and Christopher reconnected in New York City, enticed by the idea of launching a collection in tandem. Ultimately striving for unconscious sustainability, they endeavored to create products that mirrored their purist lifestyle while simultaneously embraced the energy of the city. Tailored for the urban nomad, they envisioned versatile, seasonless silhouettes, each collection seamlessly building upon the next. The antithesis of ever-ephemeral fast fashion, their progressive designs utilize sustainable textiles, employ ethical practices, and promote supply chain transparency advocating a deep connection to the earth. Based in Soho, Nicholas K has opened IMG Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week the past ten seasons. A member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America since 2009, Nicholas and Christopher were a part of the CFDA + Lexus Eco Initiative, championing conscious living, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility. On August 2018, Nicholas K opened there first flagship store located at 435 Broome Street, NYC.

 
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A triumph in minimalism, Nicholas K’s progressive designs pay homage to the delicate balance of nature. The antithesis of ever-ephemeral fast fashion, timeless collections harmoniously co-exist with the environment, utilizing sustainable textiles, employing ethical practices, and championing supply chain transparency. Each enduring piece is crafted deliberately and designed with mobility in mind. Born of the environment, tailored for a nomadic lifestyle, and balanced with textiles sourced from nature. The brand sources its primary materials (Alpaca, Organic Cotton, Linen, Silk, Vegetable tanned leather) in Peru, India, and HK. Nicholas K is also a fashion fur Free company. “The term urban nomad is often used to describe our aesthetic and yet it is a great tribute to our intentions. Their lives are about constant movement, exploration and conscientious living. This minimalist lifestyle demands eternal relevance- design that is well crafted, performs, and wears comfortably.”

Designers: Nicholas & Christopher Kunz
Commercial brand: NICHOLAS K
T. +1 212 532 8988
Web: www.nicholask.com
Mail: [email protected]
Facebook: @NicholasKStudio
Twitter: @NicholasKStudio
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