Fashion Designer Nicole Bridger discusses how fashion impacts climate and describes her eco-friendly and sustainable business practices

Born and raised in Vancouver, Nicole received her BAA in Fashion Design from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. During an internship in London with Vivienne Westwood, Nicole learned the art of sculpting, draping and layering fabric. It was here that she began to realize that her talent for fashion design could also be used as a vehicle for positive social change.

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Born and raised in Vancouver, Nicole received her BAA in Fashion Design from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. During an internship in London with Vivienne Westwood, Nicole learned the art of sculpting, draping and layering fabric. It was here that she began to realize that her talent for fashion design could also be used as a vehicle for positive social change.

In 2006, Nicole aligned herself with Chip Wilson, the owner of Lululemon. Together they founded Oqoqo, a pioneer in the North American eco-fashion market. After her experience nurturing the growth of Oqoqo, Nicole was poised to unite her passion for high fashion and eco-consciousness, and in 2008 she founded Nicole Bridger Design.

Nicole is the embodiment of NBD. A mother and social entrepreneur, Nicole strives to make positive contributions to her community and environment through the products she creates and the people she connects with. She is fuelled by a desire to create clothes that make all women feel beautiful and unique.

How do you define creativity and apply it in your career? Creation

Where do you find your best creative inspiration? Nature

What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person? Meditate

Who would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings? A professional dancer.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? Started my own business.

What did you learn from your most memorable creative failure? That failing isn’t the end, it’s a stepping stone to the success.

What’s your one guilty creative indulgence? Buying shoes.

What fact about you would surprise people? I had a band in high-school, I was the singer.

How does your life and career compare to what you envisioned for your future when you were a sixth grader? I was going to be a millionaire and be done birthing children by 30, so…

What keeps you awake at night? That I’m forgetting something or not seeing a solution.

What myths about creativity would you like to set straight? That everyone is creative not just artists.

What are you proudest of in your life? My son.

Where was the last place you travelled? Costa Rica

When you get stuck creatively, what is the first thing you do to get unstuck? Go for a walk in the woods.

If you had fifteen extra minutes each day, what would you do with them? meditate

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