Meet Nicole Di Rocco, Fashion Designer & Fashion Biz Mentor

TODAY ON THE SHOW, MEET BRIDGET WELCOMES A FASHION INDUSTRY LEGEND. NICOLE ESTABLISHED HER BIKINI BRAND NICOLITA IN 2003, A BRAND INSPIRED FROM HER CUBAN ROOTS. SHE IS ALSO A SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR, WHO JUST LAUNCHED MENTORSHIP SERVICES THROUGH FASHION BIZ MENTOR, AND HOSTS A PODCAST CALLED FASTTRACK YOUR FASHION BRAND.

GROWING UP ON AMERICAN SOIL, NICOLE KNEW SHE WAS DIFFERENT. SHE WANTED TO BLEND IN, BUT SHE ALSO WANTED TO BE IN TOUCH WITH HER CUBAN ROOTS. FINALLY SHE DECIDED TO EMBRACE HER INDIVIDUALITY, WHICH LED HER TO BE THE SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS WOMAN SHE IS TODAY.

THIS IS A STORY OF TRUE GRIT. A JOURNEY OF PASSION AND COURAGE. AND A MANIFESTATION THAT IF YOU PUT YOUR HEART AND MIND INTO ACHIEVING A GOAL, YOU WILL DEFINITELY ACHIEVE IT.

in this episode:

[3:13] NICOLE TALKS ABOUT HER CHILDHOOD, GROWING UP WITH AN OUTGOING PERSONALITY.

[3:55] GROWING UP HISPANIC IN ORANGE COUNTY CALIFORNIA MADE HER FEEL INSECURE AND VULNERABLE.

[5:19] BORN WITH CUBAN PARENTS, HER PARENTS MOVED TO THE US DURING THE CUBAN REVOLUTION.

[9:36] WHILE GROWING UP IN CALIFORNIA, NICOLE AND HER SISTER FELT DISCONNECTED WITH THEIR CULTURE.

[10:54] THERE WAS A HUGE VOID, THEY FELT THE NEED TO TOUCH CUBA.

[11:52] NICOLE TOOK HER PARENTS TO CUBA TO REVISIT THEIR HOME.

[13:38] SHAPING HER DAUGHTER’S BELIEF SYSTEM.

[14:07] MANIFESTING, THE POWER OF INTENTIONALITY ATTRACTS POSITIVE RESULTS.

[16:30] TO BE A CONSCIOUS PARENT, AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS IN LIFE.

[17:31] THE CHALLENGES OF TRYING TO BLEND IN.

[20:05] THE MEMORY OF THE CUBAN REVOLUTION LEFT NICOLE’S PARENTS ANGRY.

[22:47] EMBRACING HER INDIVIDUALITY AND HER CULTURE, LED HER TO THE SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR SHE IS NOW.

[27:05] THE PEOPLE THAT YOU SURROUND YOURSELF WITH, BECOME YOUR CHAMPIONS.

[27:27] IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WANT, YOU CAN GET THERE. ALL YOU NEED IS TO FOCUS AND SET YOURSELF NOT TO FAIL.

[29:51] EQUIPPED WITH HER GRANDMOTHER’S SEWING MACHINE, HER LOVE FOR FASHION STARTED IN THEIR KITCHEN, CUTTING PANTS AND MAKING CAPRIS.

[30:40] FINDING JOY IN CREATING, DESIGNING, AND DECORATING.

[32:14] THE FIRST $1,000 SHE EARNED FROM SELLING THE BAGS SHE CREATED OPENED HER EYES TO CREATING HER OWN FASHION LINE.

[33:09] WHILE IN HER SENIOR YEAR, SHE JUGGLED HER STUDIES AND RAN A BUSINESS OUT OF HER DORM ROOM.

[33:26] AT THE END OF THE YEAR, SHE MADE $40,000 IN SALES SELLING BAGS.

[34:32] BEING AN INTERN AT THE GOLDEN GLOBES MADE HER REALIZE THAT SHE WANTED MORE THAN WORKING IN EVENTS, SHE WANTED TO BE INVITED. THAT PROMPTED HER TO CONTINUE HER BAG BUSINESS.

[35:35] THAT YEAR, SHE LAUNCHED NICOLITA, A SWIMWEAR LINE.

[36:49] THE BIRTH OF NICOLITA AND ITS CONNECTION TO HER CUBAN ROOTS.

[40:50] THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN LOS ANGELES TAKES NICOLITA TO SPAIN.

[42:34] A PROBLEM AROSE THAT LED HER TO GO LOOKING FOR A BIGGER CLIENT, WHICH WAS NORDSTROMS.

[45:04] NICOLE CALLED AND SET UP A MEETING WITH NORDSTROMS AND ENDED UP CLOSING A $20,000 WHOLESALE ORDER DEAL FROM NORDSTROMS.

[53:41] OPENING UP ANOTHER REVENUE STREAM OF PRIVATE LABELS LED HER TO THE IDEA OF MENTORING.

[55:39] SHE STARTED A PODCAST WHERE SHE TALKED ABOUT HER EXPERIENCES AND BUSINESS LESSONS.

[56:18] THEN SHE LAUNCHED A MENTORING PROGRAM, LAUNCH FORMULA AND FASTTRACK MENTORING.

[56:39] TODAY, SHE IS FOCUSED ON FASHION BIZ MENTOR. A PLATFORM FOR ASPIRING FASHION DESIGNERS TO LEARN THE FIRST STEPS TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THE INDUSTRY.

about Nicole Di Rocco

NICOLE DI ROCCO IS A FASHION INDUSTRY LEGEND. NICOLE ESTABLISHED HER SEXY AND CURVE-CONSCIOUS BIKINI BRAND NICOLITA SWIMWEAR IN 2003, A BRAND INSPIRED FROM HER FAMILY’S CULTURAL CUBAN ROOTS. NICOLE LAUNCHED A MENTORSHIP SERVICE THROUGH FASHION BIZ MENTOR, AND HOSTS A PODCAST CALLED FASTTRACK YOUR FASHION BRAND.

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