About Nic D'Andrea
The designer behind the brand, Nicole D’Andrea was inspired at a young age by the art of shoe making and repair. Her education began as she sat in awe of her great grandfather laboring in his cobbler shop, a trade he brought to America. Nicole received precious cultural heritage, work ethic and design sensibility from both her grandparents and carries this into the Nic D'Andrea collection. Nicole’s technical knowledge was eagerly absorbed while working with prestigious fashion icons such as BCBG’s Max Azria and LD Tuttle. She also had the privilege of studying at Ars Suttoria of Milano, Italy; after attending The International Academy of Design in Chicago, Illinois. These experiences gave Nicole the knowledge to shop quality leathers, source the best hardware and understand the pattern-making process involved to develop a conceptual design. A practical application of these experiences allow her to realize an endeavor that was long romanticized: a collection of her own.
In 2017, Nicole received an incredible honor and achievement. She was presented with the Women to Watch in business in Rhode Island.
In 2018, Nicole expanded into jewelry to inspire women. She felt it was important for women to remind themselves everyday of their self-worth and to chase their dreams. This inspired our charms to be daily reminders for all women to be the best version of themselves. All jewelry and components are sourced and manufactured in the United States. We donate $1 from each sale to the Girls Inc. Charity. 87 cents of each dollar donated goes directly to the girls. "The girls learn to set and achieve goals, overcome obstacles, resist peer pressure, see college as attainable, and explore nontraditional fields such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)." - Girls Inc.
In 2019, Nic D'Andrea custom built a traveling pop-up store, and hit the road to introduce it to Nashville, TN. We decided on Nashville as our first major city to expand because Nicole absolutely loves it here! However, this is a fast growing city with high tourism and our direct consumer seems to consistently visit for weekend girl trips, so it was a no brainer for us!
In 2020, Nicole is expanding into apparel that have empowering women graphics to inspire y'all to chase your dreams and grow into the Boss Babes that are inside each of you. Stay tuned for more exciting news for 2020!