It was in 2013, at just 17 years old when Nicola Mackintosh became stuck in school on what she wanted to pursue as a career.
“I thought long and hard about things I enjoyed and things I could see myself doing when I realised I loved sewing.”
This is where she decided to pursue she love for sewing into Fashion Design and in 2014 enrolled with the Design & Arts College of New Zealand. Throughout her studies at D&A she discovered so much more about fashion and the industry.
Though having only recently graduated from D&A in 2016 with a Diploma in Fashion Design Level 5 and Diploma in Fashion Design Level 6, Nicola has already achieved so much.
“My proudest moment in the industry would have to be Showcasing my graduate collection at New Zealand Fashion Week 2016. I entered into the Miromoda Competition and got selected from here to show my collection. It was a huge achievement for me and the best experience I could get to learn about the industry.”
Fresh in the industry everything is still very new for Nicola so she is continuously learning.
“D&A has got me to where I am today. If it wasn't for the course I wouldn't have the huge amount of knowledge that I do now, and I wouldn't be striving to do my label. So the tutors that mentored me (they know who they are) it is them that are the reason I can do my label.”
She see’s her success as her whole journey to where she is now. She will be launching her label, Mack Designs NZ, SPRING/SUMMER 17 Collection in September this year.
“Starting your own label at 21 years old is a huge risk, and I'm not a risk taker, however I am so passionate and determined to do my label I just had to jump.”
Nicola’s ambitions for the future are to launch her label and for it to be successful, she has set a goal for herself to make it back to New Zealand Fashion Week again and hopefully to be at iD Dunedin Fashion Week as well. She already has plans to branch out into men’s & children’s fashion but spends most of her time focusing on her label with it’s women’s range.
“Anyone wanting to do the course, my advice would be it's a great course and the tutors have the best current knowledge for Fashion Design that you could ask for, but you must be willing to work hard. It is not easy, but if you can manage your time and work hard you can do it. Same for the industry, you've just got to work hard.”
D&A is so excited to see what is next in store for Nicola and we will be keeping a close eye on her!
Good Luck Nicola!