Women We Love 2022: Nicole Zizi

Nicole Zizi

by Iconnac

“Being a woman, Black, and on the LGBTQ+ spectrum has given me a unique perspective that no one else has the ability to see,” says Nicole Zizi. The Haitian-American multimedia artist launched Nicole Zïzi Studio in 2018 after studying at Parsons School of Design, and uses alternative materials, progressive design, and her outlook on the world as a queer Haitian woman for products, interiors, and fashion. “I initially just wanted to intertwine sustainability in a cool way that would also be impactful,” Zizi tells GO. “It started with me just sharing one denim jacket made from recycled plastic collected in Haiti. I [eventually] released a capsule collection of denim garments with recycled denim materials.” Passion drives Zizi in every aspect of her work—“I love being able to bring ideas to life and support others in that process”—and keeps her going when adversity comes knocking. “There are going to be set- backs. It’s more so a matter of recognizing that so [they aren’t] a shock,” she says. “Once you realize every uncomfortable scenario is only temporary, that makes it easier to process it and plan for set- backs.” The future is bright for Zizi and her studio, and her goals revolve around community and outreach. “I envision myself working alongside a community of designers who are passionate about the same things as I am,” she says. “I hope to open doors for people like me. I want someone else to feel seen through my work.” –LE

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