But, despite being completely and utterly taken with fashion, it was never the full picture.
Social justice was always Nicole’s main concern and driver.
After high school finished up, she jumped on a plane and flew to Asia for a two-month adventure where she visited Myanmar and Borneo. It was during this trip, Nicole witnessed unbelievable poverty - poverty that separated families, starved infants and led people to commit unforgivable (yet understandable) crimes.
Eager to see more of the world, Nicole continued to travel around Asia, visiting India, Nepal, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.
Interested in fashion, she always made a point of seeking out textile factories, fabric mills and artisanal communities, and it was during these trips, she came to realise that she could combine her two passions and make a positive difference in the world through fashion.
In 2006, when studying a bachelor of business at University, she wrote her thesis on Fair Trade fashion and since then she has been motivated to steer the fashion industry in a sustainable direction.
Today, Nicole works for the largest retailer in the southern hemisphere as an Ethical Trade Specialist. In her spare time she runs The Helm Society, a social enterprise that hosts events with the purpose of raising awareness of what really goes on in the fashion industry, behind all the glitz and glamour.
Nicole wrote Transcend Trends and Create a Sustainable Future as she believes that the consumer holds a significant amount of power in their purse and when they choose style over trends, they can change the world.
Weekends were spent designing, pattern making and sewing with her Oma (Dutch Grandma). Fashion design preoccupied her time in high school and stole every spare minute – which of course she readily allowed. During the last two years of high school, she spent her holidays at the Whitehouse Institute of Design and post high school, she furthered her knowledge in fashion design at Ultimo TAFE.
NICOLE BENNETT was born and raised in Australia on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
From a young age, Nicole knew that she belonged in the fashion industry.