Travel Friendly Style From Milo and Nicki
This piece originally appeared on Vilda Magazine
Perfect for a sultry beach getaway, the pieces in the debut collection by Milo + Nicki have me dreaming of cerulean blue waters and warm summer breezes. From the markets of Bangkok to the beaches of Mykonos, the fabrics used in the collection travel well and add bright pops of colour and whimsy to any wardrobe. Ethically made in the USA and crafted entirely from cruelty-free and eco-friendly materials, it’s certainly a collection we can stand behind.
Founder and designer Nicki Patel took a leap of faith and launched her brand, named for herself and her beloved pup, Milo, after a series of stressful events, a health scare with Milo, and spending years pursuing a career that she ultimately found unfulfilling and uninspiring. Like so many of us who stray from the path we feel we’re intended to walk, Nicki realised that fear and anxiety was keeping her from reaching her true potential. She knew she wanted to do something that reflected her values and made a positive impact in the world, but didn’t know how she could make that happen. Inspiration struck when she began working for a small fashion company with a mission to help women feel their best; this mission would become Nicki’s own driving force that compelled her to launch her brand.
“I realised that my passion and purpose was my cure. With a drive to pursue what set my soul on fire while making a difference in the world, I began to see opportunities. With a lifelong passion for sustainability, the combination of these pieces became the formula for our mission. I was going to create a line that would allow me to inspire and empower other women to find what sets their souls on fire, while combating the rapidly changing world we live in, where societal pressures and life changes merge.”
The six-piece collection is a carefully curated homage to the five rocks in Nicki’s life: her pup, her parents, and her two older sisters – named and designed with each one in mind. The Amore Maxi, for example, has a relaxed fit suitable for all ages and body types and is inspired by her mother.
Taking influence from the designer’s Indian and Zambian roots, the collection is crafted from hand-loomed, made-to-order, certified Ahimsa ‘peace’ silk and GOTS certified organic cotton blend from India certified for authenticity, sustainability, and fair trade measures.