NiK Kacy is the Creator and Executive Producer of Equality Fashion Week, the 1st LGBTQ+- focused Fashion Week in LA.
They are also the Founder and President of NiK Kacy Footwear, an LGBT-certified business, and the first gender-equal / gender-free footwear and accessories for genders and identities in all spectrums. Equality Fashion Week (EFW) consists of a 3-day pop-up experience of queer and inclusive designers and vendors starting with an exclusive one-night-only, high-end opening gala fashion show during LA Fashion Week in October.
Indie Source had the pleasure of meeting with NiK to get more insight into their creative world, and to get a sneak peek of EFW!
Join Indie Source this Sunday, October 13, 2019, at 8PM PST for a live broadcast of the EFW runway show and event.
As a gender non-conforming, transmasculine individual who identifies as nonbinary, Kacy’s designs are inspired by both their personal identity, style, cultural background, fashion and activism. Their hope is to provide a solution to individuals who have been seeking footwear alternatives that fit not only their feet but also their authentic expression of self. Their mission is to utilize fashion as activism in a way that inspires change so that gender is no longer a force that limits or restricts and EQUALITY becomes the vernacular that ALL individuals speak.
Kacy’s journey began shortly after traveling throughout Europe in search of masculine-styled shoes made to fit smaller, petite feet.
For most of their life, Kacy was unable to find a proper pair of shoes that were both comfortable and fitting of their identity.
Tired of being under-represented, Kacy set out to discuss with manufacturers why shoes have traditionally been divided between men and women only. After being told repeatedly by the footwear industry that the market for this niche was too small and therefore non-lucrative, Kacy decided to design their own collection of “masculine of center” and “feminine of center” shoes in a range of unisex sizes. In addition to footwear, Kacy also designs accessories such as a unisex utility holster, keychains, and bracelets that are also gender-equal and gender-neutral in design. Kacy’s designs break the traditional ideals of male and female proportions and fit, while allowing individuals to walk their own way, no matter how they identify.
Do you have a similar story of how you overcame imposed obstacles to achieve your success? We’d love to hear your story.
Don’t miss Indie Source’s other EFW videos featuring an interview one of the designers, Andrik. Follow Equality Fashion Week on Instagram for more behind the scenes content, and be sure to purchase your tickets now! CLICK HERE