Tori Nichel has proven that she is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the fashion business. The fierce designer was contestant of NBC’s Fashion Star Season 2. In addition, the design entrepreneur has two business competition wins under her belt after becoming a Grand Prize Winner in the 2009 eBay Sellers Challenge Competition (First Time Sellers Category) and a 2007-2008 Miller Brewing Co. MUES Grant Winner. Tori Nichel has been on an upward trajectory to success. Forbes Online and WWD deemed Tori Nichel ‘One To Watch’, while Elle magazine praised her for her exquisite tailoring. Supermodel Liya Kebede as well as other New York style mavens have been spotted donning the Tori Nichel look.
Tori Nichel has always had her pulse on fashion. Ever since she was a little girl growing up in Michigan, Tori Nichel knew that her ultimate dream was being at the helm of her own fashion house one day. At the age of 16, she began private classes with Christiane McCormick, her fashion icon. She learned patternmaking, draping & tailoring techniques with this former Dior model, FIT graduate, Designer & Professor at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Holding degrees from Fashion Institute of Technology in addition to Michigan State University, Tori Nichel has been silently fine tuning her talents in the industry for more than a decade. Fresh faced and driven, she began her career at Dana Buchman where she honed her eye for fine luxurious fabrics and novelty details. Tori Nichel’s ambitions led her to Kenneth Cole where she grew into her own and flourished as a designer. It was during those four amazing years at Kenneth Cole that Tori Nichel began to mold her naturally clean aesthetic into a chic tailored and eclectic look. Yearning for a more hands on, entrepreneurial approach to design, Tori Nichel took the position of Head Designer at Tibi where she led the company to its debut at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. It was at Tibi where her aesthetics of fun, frisky & flirty color and pattern play blossomed. Soon it was evident that Tori Nichel’s entrepreneurial spirit and the longing to design for a woman who wanted to be effortlessly chic and tastefully sexy molded into a clear vision… The Tori Nichel Collection.