NiK Kacy is a fashion line inspired by the fashion needs of both its founder and the larger LGBTQ community. NiK Kacy, who identifies as gender-fluid, queer and trans, designed their first collection of "masculine of center" gender-neutral shoes in order to provide a solution for the on-going problem of individuals unable to purchase men's styled shoes due to limitations in sizing set by the shoe industry based on gender. Their first collection, named "Fortune", consists of 5 classically masculine looking styles, now modernized with colorful contrasts and re-proportioned to fit those who identify in whatever spirit they deem fit.
NiK's desire for gender equality extends further by expanding their label to include an upcoming "feminine of center" collection, featuring high-heel styled shoes in the same European unisex sizes ranging from 34-47 (US women's 3.5 to men's 14), as well as, a unisex accessories line, including holster wallets.
NiK Kacy has been featured in numerous publications including Fortune and Forbes Magazine, The Huffington Post, Footwear News, SheWired, Autostraddle, Curve and DapperQ. They successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign in March of 2015 to fund the creation of their Fortune line and hopes to develop a truly gender-neutral footwear and fashion collection so that all people can express their authentic selves without being boxed in a gender binary.
NiK Kacy's philosophy is simple... fashion is about style, and style is not limited by gender or gender expression.
In addition to their passion for making gender-equal footwear and accessories, NiK also passionately works on projects that make a positive impact in the LGBTQ community. Their goal is to be able to donate a number of styles in various sizes from each collection to the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Youth Center Community Closet, so that LGBT youth who utilize the life improvement services there, such as GED accreditation and job search services will have access to professional shoes for important events like job interviews and graduation ceremonies. Many LGBTQ youth are left homeless due to neglect and homophobia from their families. The Center provides much needed services that help these young people create a better life for themselves and allows them to be in a safe environment so they can be their authentic selves.
NiK Kacy, the activist/entrepreneur/designer, also has been a longtime committee member and host for the LA LGBT Center's annual An Evening with Women event which raises much needed funds for all the women's services at the world's largest LGBT center. In their spare time, NiK has also produced and directed a short documentary, "It Does Get Better" which they hope can help raise awareness for the LGBTQ community and promote visibility and community amongst our brothers, sisters and allies.
[NiK Kacy is a Certified LGBT Business Enterprise]
Photo Credit: Alex Schmider