Nubia Williams, daughter of a visual artist and an academic, grew up in Los Angeles surrounded by colorful, inspiring images and histories that ignited her experimentation with different media as soon as she could control a paint brush. At age 5, Nubia made small collages of women dressed in bold patterned fabric scraps, leading to her first commissioned sale of $35. As the demand grew greater and greater, it became clear that Nubia was born to be in the fashion industry.
Nubia is a Parsons School of Design alumnus with a BFA in Fashion Design. She’s designed independently for brands such as J.Jill and Converse and currently designs for the sportswear brand, Puma. Although Williams had been designing custom work since the age of 17, she launched her own womenswear brand during Boston Fashion Week 2015. Since then, she has been featured in reputable publications such as Boston Globe Magazine, Boston Magazine, Man Repeller and more. She is a colorist with a design aesthetic that features exoticism, architectural shape, and cultural diversity. She looks at each collection as an opportunity to illustrate the stories of different cultures. Her design mission is to design “wearable art” that works for the woman, not the other way around.
Outside of her personal design endeavors, Williams is always aiming to provide professional and educational opportunities for creative youth. She has collaborated with fellow artists to develop the Dixwell Children’s Arts Festival, a community service project intended to ignite the creative spark in low-income, inner-city youth in New Haven, CT. Williams was also a Pre-College Fashion professor at Lesley University College of Art & Design teaching high school students how to develop their careers in design. In addition, she serves on the Arts Facet of the Boston Chapter of the LINKS who’s mission is to support STEAM programs for Boston’s youth.
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