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Growing up in Victoria, BC, Nikki Babie always loved clothing and fashion. Her earliest design influence started at age seven when she made a new best friend who was from California and whose mother was the most fascinating, gorgeous woman Nikki had ever seen - she was like a movie star. Hours spent in this woman’s closet, playing with and trying on exquisite gowns and dresses led to Nikki designing and making glamorous ensembles for her Barbie dolls; everyone who saw them knew that Nikki had a gift.
All through high school, Nikki took every sewing and art class she could, refining her sensibilities and wowing friends with her clothing designs. Hungry for the technical training she’d need to be a designer, Nikki enrolled in the Design Knit/Leather program at Sheridan College in Toronto, also taking extra pattern-making courses at night, building a solid foundation from which to grow.
Nikki apprenticed with longtime apparel industry pro Aime Arcand, learning factory standards for grading, marking, patternmaking, construction techniques and more. Nikki also traveled the world whenever and wherever she could, honing her style and design sense, absorbing images, colors, fabrics, cultures - all influencing her eye, and her ideas of what looked good and what didn’t; what fit and what didn’t; what made women feel beautiful and what didn’t.
All her travels and experience started to lead Nikki down a path - she wanted to create versatile clothing pieces that flattered every different body; that felt good to wear, that could be worn many different ways, and were easy-care, so that frequent-flyers like herself could toss them in a small bag without worrying about wrinkles. Nikki sourced a wonderful, natural bamboo fabric blend that draped beautifully, with just the right amount of stretch to show off what you want to show and hide what you want to hide.
Creating pieces that met all her criteria was a challenge, but was so satisfying. As Nikki experimented with designs and styles, she tested the fit and wearability by opening pop-ups all across Canada, exposing thousands of women to her unique creations; getting immediate feedback about what worked and what didn’t and gradually creating the Nikki Babie Designs line. Consisting of dresses that can be worn pulled up short, down long or somewhere in the middle; skirts that also work over jeans and leggings; tops that conceal, flatter or flaunt; jackets that can be worn open, closed or tied up tight; scarves and accessories that add extra zing - versatile pieces that can be dressed up or down and can be combined and worn a multitude of ways, giving an extensive “wardrobe” from just a few essentials.
Nikki loves to help women discover their inner beauty; to feel confident and gorgeous no matter what size or shape figure they have. Nothing makes her feel better than to see her clients’ eyes shining with pride, loving how she feels and looks. Nikki Babie Designs clothing makes the go-to pieces for every woman. A big hit already in her native Canada, Nikki is poised for big success in the US and around the world. Every woman needs a Nikki Babie wardrobe!