Rendez-Vous with Nicholas Kunz

On conscious design and blending cultures

Guest lectures

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On the occasion of the second edition of our exclusive Alumni Night event, on March 23rd we will be hosting a special 4pm Rendez-Vous with our alumna Nicholas Kunz, member of the CFDA and creative director of New York-based womenswear label Nicholas K.

Born to a Russian-Chinese mother and German-Irish father, the rich blending of cultures fostered in the siblings an appreciation for diversity and inherent sense of wanderlust. From an early age, Nicholas L Kunz honed her creative talents 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 sensibilities at Polimoda. Upon her return to the U.S. Nicholas took a position with DKNY and later joined the founding team of Coach Men’s sportswear. Over the next 8 years Nicholas worked with other design companies including Nautica, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Polo, operating in primary positions and overseeing the design and coordination of five new labels. Before founding Nicholas K with her brother Christopher in 2003, Nicholas worked as a full-time consultant for Calvin Klein (CK women’s outerwear collection and US and European jeans). Unlike most designers, Nicholas’ experience from working with large multinational corporations afforded her a broad and thorough understanding of all consumer segments.

Nicholas K is a brand tailored for the urban nomad. Each collection is seamlessly built upon the next with versatile, seasonless silhouettes. 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.

During her Rendez-Vous, Nicholas will engage in conversation with Polimoda lecturer and journalist Francesco Brunacci on the topic of conscious design and the importance of blending cultures in fashion.