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Nicole S. James embodies the passion, drive, and distinct creative intuition that fuel trends in commerce. With a wealth of hands-on career experience exceeding a decade, she specializes in fashion design, event photography/production, graphic design, and styling. Armed with a versatile skill set, Nicole has collaborated with a plethora of globally recognized brands and notable clients including Prince, Levi's, Isaac Mizrahi, Rachel Roy, Calvin Klein, Anne Klein, Jessica Simpson, Vilebrequin, Champion, Kardashian Kollection, Shakira, Tommy Hilfiger, Nikki Minaj, Andrew Marc, Rocawear, Mecca, Baby Phat, and more.

Drawing from invaluable experiences working alongside industry elites, Nicole's expertise spans the gamut of technical prowess and creative finesse. Her remarkable ability to translate vision into successful products establishes her as a formidable force in today’s design landscape.


As a seasoned designer, Nicole has adeptly directed teams and surpassed numerous timeline expectations. Her career journey has seamlessly integrated her with overseas factories across Asia and Europe, allowing her to oversee multiple brand collections. Working directly from Shanghai, China, afforded her the invaluable skill of effortlessly transforming design ideas into commercial products.


At different junctures in her career, she collaborated with a diverse array of fashion insiders, delving into the intricacies of fashion public relations with dynamic figures such as Kelly Cutrone, alongside many accomplished fashion photographers and stylists. These collective experiences uniquely position Nicole S. James, endowing her with a diverse professional toolkit, enabling her to perceive the fashion world through a multifaceted lens. This advantage continues to empower her in building and launching successful brands and products throughout her illustrious career and beyond.



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"I've had the opportunity to work with Nicole throughout my career at various companies and I am consistently impressed not only with her incredible talent and creativity but also her efficiency, and ability to get things done. Most recently, Nicole worked for me directly as a Designer for Rachel Roy while at One Jeanswear Group. In this role, she performed market research in order to identify new trends, fabrics, and techniques and present with a clear point of view that reflected the aesthetic of our brand. Nicole has a knack for identifying important trends and interpreting them to be in line with business strategies. I strongly recommend Nicole. She's talented, organized, detail oriented, effective, and committed to getting the job done well."

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"I am extremely pleased to write a recommendation for Nicole James. I have had the pleasure of working with her for four years at Giii Apparel group, which included work at the brands Andrew Marc and Marc New York. I always admired her ability to seamlessly incorporate into any project tasked within the design realm. She was truly a “swiss army knife” of our design team working on both mens and ladies product development, technical packages, cad drawings, textile design, trim design, garment fitting, and wash development. She has clearly proved her skills that her many years experience has provided. In addition to her design ability, Nicole has consistently shown the ability to establish an excellent rapport with the many different design teams she has worked with. As well has shown guidance and management skills to assistants and interns. Nicole would be a tremendous asset to any design team, and I fully recommend and support her in all of her future endeavors.."

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"As the previous Senior Designer for the Junior denim bottoms team at the One Jeanswear Group, I had the pleasure of having Nicole James work on my team, she helped design and organize the main line plans, she designed packaging and created CAD work for monthly market presentations. Nicole was a great asset to my team, she was extremely creative, had great attention to detail and always completed her projects on time. She brought integrity and intelligence to her work and her overall presence had a positive and lasting impact on the team and me. It goes without saying that Nicole would be a tremendous asset to any company, she has my highest recommendation."

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"Nicole James has the profound ability to create uniquely beautiful work no matter what project or challenge is presented to her with great attention to detail. She has a wheelhouse of creativity and professionalism with the knowledge and know-how to match. She is an incredibly skilled and talented designer with a great eye for current and emerging trends. She will make a truly impactful addition to any creative team."

"I had the pleasure to work with Nicole who served as head designer during my time as Creative Director. She always tackled every season with a trained eye and was spot on with trend. Her eye for marketable yet forward colors and branding was an asset to the entire design group. Nicole is strong in all aspects of Sportswear/Outerwear and she knows the tech side. Her presentation skills allowed me to have present internally and work direct with buyers. She is a team player and any company would be lucky to have her dedication and talent."

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"I had the pleasure of working with Nicole at Plugg/ Nori Jeans. Nicole is an incredibly talented and skilled designer. She has an exceptional eye for forecasting and trends and can deliver an amazing line from start to finish. Nicole is talented, experienced, hard working, and professional. Any company would be lucky to have her on their team. I am pleased to highly recommend Nicole."

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