The mission of the MsAfropolitan Boutique is to showcase and offer a handpicked range of products made by African Diaspora women on a rotating basis. Visit us here.
As part of my journey to achieving this goal, I’ve met many inspiring women whose stories I want to share with you in an interview series features which you can follow here.
OK, a few things!
First of all I am expanding the boutique from 25 items to unknown and that’s exciting for me as I can now showcase even more products. Why didn’t I do that from the beginning? Well, you live and you learn!
Secondly, I am thrilled to introduce a new brand to the shop, NIC*FISH it’s called, check out the new additions in the boutique, they are now live!
Last but not least, I have a very inspiring interview below with the lady behind the NIC*FISH brand, a brand which has its global client base of ultra-hip fashionistas, and exceptionally stylish musicians like Kissey Asplund, Res, Esthero, Aaries, Wayna, Aja of Kindred The Family Soul, Angie Stone, and Nia Saw of Zap Mama. Uhhuh!
Could you describe Nic*Fish in one or two sentences?
NIC*FISH is a contemporary womenswear brand made especially for super-chic women who crave an ultra-stylish & timeless wardrobe that can transition seamlessly from day to night. The current NIC*FISH collection offers convertible jersey jumpsuits in ten amazingly comfortable silhouettes, and color selections.
Could you share an exciting development currently taking place for Nic*Fish?
I am diligently working on expansion into broader international markets. I’ve done some business in South Africa, and I’m currently selling the collection in Jamaica, with hopes to expand throughout the Caribbean, as well as into the European markets. I am also seeking investors to assist in the elevation of the brand.
What does the term Afropolitan mean to you?
Stylish, confident, fly, golden brown & globally conscious. I think that its soooooooo amazing that we, Afropolitans, now have the opportunity to communicate & network in forums such as this. Social networking and blogs have enabled us to connect with the world – And the wonderful thing about these connections is we are finding that our stories are more alike than they are different. Its such a beautiful thing!
If you could pick one known African woman, Diaspora and continent, that you think is inspiring, who would that be and why?
Esperanza Spalding. I think she has a remarkable story, of nurturing her gifts and developing it into something incredible. She’s super intelligent, educated, multi-lingual, and she embraces her natural beauty, effortlessly, with total confidence, class & unique flavor. Not to mention her music is awesome!
Is there any particular element from African culture that you maintain in Philadelphia, PA – USA?
Within my life, my most favorite thing to do is travel & experience the world around me. I love foods, music, art & culture of the Diaspora. I love to dance – Afro-Cuban (Orisha) dance, and my core friend circle encompasses women from the US, Ghana, Trinidad & Tobago, Panama & Puerto Rico.
Do you have a favourite post on the MsAfropolitan blog, and why?
I love the entire concept of the blog and its insightful approach to unifying “us” globally. My favorite post is the seven style icon post! I am a big fan of Wunmi, Nneka & Sophie’s work. Its so inspiring to see women of color thriving in their art. I believe that the journey of Life, in its essence, is about developing & sharing our gifts, and heightening our consciousness… All the while, having lots of fun & excitement along the way!
What inspired the name for your business?
It is simply inspired by my name – Nicole Fisher. Many of my good friends shortened my name to Nic Fish…. One day my good friend, Malene Younglao, said, “Yo, you should name the brand NIC*FISH”. And the rest is history. 🙂
Isn’t she fabulous?
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Hi! I’m Minna Salami. I’m a writer, blogger, columnist, lecturer and speaker and the founder of the feminist blog, MsAfropolitan, which connects feminism to contemporary culture from an Africa-centred perspective. I’ve been listed alongside Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie as one of “twelve women changing the world” by ELLE and my work has been used as a resource and case study at universities around the world. Like what you just read? Sign up above to receive new posts directly in your inbox.