January 17, 2011 § 1 Comment
From a small town in Vermont, where the sun rarely shines in winter, a determined twenty-four year old girl works at producing a unique and hand-made clothing collection.
Nicole Erin Carey of Wolcott, Vermont, moved from Philadelphia and carried her talent along with her.
Inside her apartment, where she lives with her boyfriend and two dogs, Nicole works endlessly at producing a vivid collection with an array of colors and textures. Using her everyday life as inspiration for her designs, Nicole strives to make Nicole’s Threads comfortable and easy to wear.
“I design mostly with my own ideals for what I like wearing,” she says.
Nicole’s clothing screams vagabond chic. Her articles vary from cow neck sweaters to long plaid skirts and vibrant legwarmers. It is clear that Nicole works tediously and patiently as most of her clothing has some form of intricate mélange that can only be achieved by her obvious dedication.
Each of Nicole’s pieces is mostly one of a kind. With this mindset, Nicole ensures the individuality of her designs by using a variety of accents and combinations.
Nicole works mostly with vintage and remnant fabrics and carefully incorporates them into her designs. Her use of scrap fabric explains a lot of the patchwork that appears within her work. “I love how little things like buttons, rickrack and other trim can entirely change the mood my garment sets.”
Without a set method to her design process, Nicole’s fabric carries her inspiration. Instead of sketching or mapping out an idea, Nicole lets the fabric and colors encourage her and follows in the direction they lead.
Nicole’s creativity is not limited to her line of clothing. Not unlike the construction of her clothes is Nicole’s rustic jewelry some of which consists of scrap fabric and others are made with ceramic material. Her wide varieties of antiquarian button earrings add a finishing touch to her garments.
Nicole sits in high spirits as a part of something she feels is continuing to grow. With hopes for her business on Etsy, Nicole’s is sure to continue to thrive. “It’s a happy community that is very self-sustaining and supportive of one another,” she says.
Looking forward to the production of her next line, Nicole will design using mostly organic, hand-dyed cotton material.
“It’s coming soon, look out!” she warns.
Nicole’s customers are very satisfied with her fast delivery, comfortable items, and cute packaging.
With an Etsy shop featuring more than 70 articles of clothing, 62 pairs of earrings, and 50 plus accessories, there is sure to be something for everyone. Visit Nicole’s On-line Etsy Store here or view her music side project.
By: Christina Paone