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Athleisure Mag|February 2020
FASHION AS A PLATFORM

It's been a busy series of weeks with the first round of Awards Season coming to an end, being in the midst of Fashion Month with a number of the runways in global cities showcasing FW20 designs. With many of us enjoying a mild winter, we're already envisioning SS20 looks that will be enhanced with warmer weather. We're transported back to NYFW for SS20 when we enjoyed an intimate presentation of NONIE which took place on the rooftop of the NoMad Hotel and included a lunch as well as panel with influential women including the Co-Founder of Venus et Fleur as they talked about the importance of their creativity as well as the need to focus on issues such as bullying.

NONIE's founder, Nina Kharey is a Canadian based designer who has had a number of celebrities including Meghan Markle, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and Jessica Mulroney. We took a moment to chat about her line as well as her focus on #EndingBullying.

ATHLEISURE MAG: Prior to launching NONIE how did you get your start in the fashion industry?

NINA KHAREY: My love of fashion and design began at an early age. I worked with my parents a lot. My mom was a seamstress for menswear and my dad managed a knit factory. I learned everything from them and becoming a designer seemed like the natural next step, but watching my brother fall into gang violence at an early age forced me to follow a more traditional path, and I eventually got my degree in Engineering. Halfway through my career in engineering after the tragic loss of my brother, I launched NONIE to live my life to the fullest in his honour and teach my daughter to believe in her dreams and work hard.

AM: What was the moment that you realized that you wanted to launch your own line?

NK: I was always sewing and exploring different designs. It was something I dreamt of from the time I was a little girl, watching my parents create garments out of fabric – like magic. It wasn’t until I lost my brother and started to focus on what was actually bringing me peace that I decided to just go for it.

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