Where: Farm Girl Cafe, Portobello Road
What I ate: Açai bowl topped with sliced banana, chia seeds and coconut flakes – accompanied by an almond milk chai latte (probably one of my favourite meals to date)
‘Olivia’ Boxy Crossbody Bag* (not yet available but see variations here)
‘Belita’ Snakeskin Clutch (not yet available)
With Nica Kim, founder and designer of Nica Handbags
A sneak preview of Nica‘s best collection to date. Shh, you heard it here first!
A blurry outtake. Nica and I were laughing about how to position our hair for the photo …
So I thought I’d tell you a little bit about yesterday, while it’s still fresh in my memory. I was invited by Nica (the brand) to meet Nica (the founder, designer and all-round kick-ass businesswoman) to learn about the inspiration behind the new (not yet released) AW15 capsule collection.
Myself and three other lovely bloggers met Nica and her social team at Farm Girl Cafe, a hotspot for healthy celebs and models alike (they had a visit from Millie Mackintosh the other week and are just round the corner from Kate Moss’ London residence) serving delicious organic food that would make Australian Insta-babes drool. With a menu offering healthy favourites like avocado toast, buckwheat pancakes and (heart eyes emoji) açai bowls, I will definitely be making another trip in the future. Anyway, I’m just setting the scene. This place was amazing. And Nica herself chose it, as it’s one of the brunch spots local to her Notting Hill townhouse.
Greetings exchanged and food ordered, we pored over the catalogue for the capsule collection and quizzed Nica about her background as although she was born in South Korea, her 10-year love affair with London shows no signs of ending. Her eyes light up when she talks about the capital, where she met her long-term partner and where Nica (the brand) was founded. Straight out of the London College of Fashion, Nica has built an accessories brand recognised worldwide, with her handbags retailing in 25 countries including the USA, Australia, Japan and her home country, Korea. Her designs are sold in over 400 retailers in the UK alone. Pretty impressive, don’t you think?
After our delicious brunch, we began the Insta-Walk, where Nica took us round Portobello Market and the surrounding area to show us where she found inspiration for her newest collection. Architecture, street art, people, nature. She draws on observations and atmospheres to create – and as a keen traveller, frequently embarks on inspiration trips to develop her ideas and explore new possiblities. She designs with a free-spirited customer in mind, producing a wide range of handbags that appeal to all. From vintage to timeless classics, from fun and floral to cutting-edge and modern, Nica knows how to acquire loyal customers.
Nica is headstrong, sharp and extremely intelligent but also friendly, warm and kind. She’s funny, she’s down to Earth, she’s affectionate. But she knows what she wants. And she works for it. She’s inspirational.
I’d like to thank the social team and also Nica personally for a wonderful day. It was an absolute pleasure to spend time with such an amazing lady and learn more about her passion, her drive and her creativity. A memorable experience made even better with beautiful weather, exquisite food and snap-worthy surroundings (proven by my rather long snapchat story yesterday). This was definitely an event for the blogging archives.
Love, Beth xo.
Disclaimer: all items marked with an asterisk have been gifted to me for promotional purposes.