Nicole Lenzen is a product manager, designer, and social entrepreneur who applies the same human-centered focus, attention to detail, design sensibility, and streamlined processes to everything she creates, whether a complex software application, an haute couture gown, an interactive event, or a new business model.
Strategically positioning herself at the intersection of opposing forces, Nicole strives to balance craft and innovation, analytical thinking with creativity and mindfulness, and maximum effect with minimal impact.
Combining her background in computer science and fashion, Nicole has designed and implemented systems to manage collaborative product development and global sourcing for companies including Brooks Brothers, ALDO Group, and Calvin Klein. As a patternmaker, technical designer, and couturière, she has applied her extensive knowledge of fit and garment construction to advise fashion-tech startups in the predictive algorithm space on fit nuances, sizing recommendations, and style trends.
Nicole designed an eponymous fashion collection for several years, catered to stylish women on the move and ethically sewn in New York City. She previously ran a custom couture bridal business in San Francisco, specializing in contemporary gowns made from reclaimed vintage fabrics. Nicole was a finalist in the 2014 Design Entrepreneurs program through FIT and the NYCEDC.
In 2015 she co-founded and produced the Pioneer Mode Conference to bring design thinking and cross-disciplinary solutions to address long-standing challenges and stagnation within the fashion industry.
Nicole regularly gives talks at organizations supporting women in tech and business on entrepreneurship, sustainability, and personal branding.
Beyond the studio, Nicole is a lover of spur of the moment travel, swing dancing until she’s dizzy, exploring the city by bike, and taking deep breaths in the great outdoors.