Katherine is a fashion industry veteran. She’s been the Creative Director at Bergdorf Goodman, and a Global Vice President at Ralph Lauren. In 2016, she launched a consultancy to implement full circle branding and direct to consumer solutions for fashion companies, driving exponential e-commerce growth for medium sized companies.
She’s also something of a Connecticut native. She went to Hopkins School in New Haven, and is quick to honor a few teachers there who she credits with having instilled her intellectual curiosity. Then Yale, for undergraduate. And she now lives in Fairfield County, with her husband Peter, and 10-year old son Alexander who attends NCCS.
When the pandemic hit, Katherine knew it was time to launch the line she’d been sketching her whole life. “I had a fun and successful career working to build great brands, but I’ve always had the vision to design clothing for women that was more comfortable, versatile and traveled across cultures and time” Katherine explains.
Based in a kind of warehouse/design studio on the second floor at 45 Pine Street, Suite 5A, in New Canaan, The NicoBlu collection is comprised of singular and stand-alone styles, with each piece having its own unique story–versatile and effortlessly traveling from day to night. The effect is that of a highly curated collection picked-up on global adventures. Katherine is fulfilling what she says is her passion to “...create apparel and accessories that empower women to dream, to dare, and to escape”.
NicoBlu offers an inclusive size range to fit the needs of a wide array of customers, from X-Small to 4X in both regular and petite sizes, and plans to expand the offering later in 2022 to include swimwear, bags, shoes and home fragrances. And all items are hand-crafted in a female-founded factory in India, which donates a percentage of their net profits to various charities eradicating hunger, promoting education and gender equality, and ensuring environmental sustainability in India.
Katherine says proudly, “NicoBlu is all about journey and adventure. The NicoBlu woman is cosmopolitan, powerful, well read and well-lived. She is a blend of uptown preppy and downtown boho chic. Our pieces speak to the sophisticated woman who loves and appreciates unique, elegant and timeless pieces which will live in her closet for years to come.” “New Canaan is the perfect home for NicoBlu. Women in this area are sophisticated and well-traveled, and want pieces that are unique.
Although most of our sales are online, women in the area have been visiting our headquarters at 45 Pine Street - and are always welcome by appointment. We do plan on doing a few pop-up events in the area this summer. And I can’t say enough about the feeling of community - and all the great restaurants - here in town,” Katherine says happily about locating NicoBlu in New Canaan.