Nia Thomas is an independent ethically made fashion brand founded in 2018. Created for all beings who respect Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants. Collection after collection the goal remains the same: We stand for love in its highest form. More connection, affection, and vulnerability in this lifetime. Going back to our roots and primal ways of being through how we get dressed.
A born and bred New Yorker, Nia Thomas graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2017 with a Fashion Design bachelors degree. A year after graduation, she started a clothing line producing one-of-a-kind garments and eccentric jewelry that fits well into her nomadic and jet setter lifestyle.
“I take pride in being a part of a new generation of designers that believe in making work that is revolutionary in sustainable ethics and social commentary about the times we live in.”
We love the exploration hunt and collecting fabrics, yarns, beads, any and all materials that we can repurpose into a new piece for the brand. My favorite places to go sourcing is Fab Scrap (FABSCRAP was created to meet New York City’s commercial textile recycling needs. Materials that traditionally would have gone to landfill are now being properly recycled and made available for reuse.) As well as collecting straight from artisans ateliers all over the world in locations such as Marrakech Morocco, Iquitos Peru, Lisbon Portugal and of course New York City. We look first and foremost for quality. As well as time honored details that our customers come to love from us i.e. embroidery, hand weaved textiles, fibers hand dyed naturally with plants. Some sourcing days we find nothing suitable and other days we find everything we need for the next 6 months in one day. The spontaneity of the sourcing process continually keeps my job so exciting. We reduce our waste for making sure we use every last bit of everything. Using cut off silk to make face masks, scrunchies, clothing label tags, gift bags to ship our accessories in, etc. Hand knitting is an awesome way to reduce waste because when the fiber is coming from one big ball of yarn it is a zero waste production and generates zero carbon emissions.
Socially Responsible Production
In NYC we have worked with some of the most incredible craftsman and artisans that are locally based. As a black owned and women operated business, we strive to collaborate with other women of color for the brand which we have successfully from our knits to ceramic pieces. With fair wages and working conditions we want to be held responsible for never taking advantage of our production partners located domestically or internationally. With each piece created by hand and demonstrating the unique skill of the artisan, we support one-of-a-kind pieces in a world of homogenized mass production. The entire process from creation of the product to you receiving your purchase in the mail is carefully thought out to be upstanding to our standards. We only use second hand recycled packaging envelopes, bags and boxes for shipping our products in. We aim to have all our packaging supplies be compostable by end of 2020.
Plant Based Dyes
Recycled fabric we encounter can often have a bland color, discolorations or stains. Instead of irresponsibly discarding of it we use organic compostable plant-based dyes made our of food scraps. The ingredients have been used for centuries and are much better for the skin and bodies of us and loved ones. Also, it is better for the planet as synthetic dyes are laced with harmful chemicals that get poured back into our fragile ecosystems.
The plants we currently use are:
Since natural dyes are an integral factor in our brands pieces, we strongly additives you to be aware of how you care for our pieces. If you are self-hand washing your purchases, wash them in cold water separately from any other clothing with a natural soap detergent derived from plants that does not contain citrus (or other acidic) oils/scents or harmful artificial derivatives. Gently use your hands and lightly rub until no longer dirty. Or if you would rather have our pieces dry cleaned, we recommend you going to an organic dry cleaner only.
Since some of our products are dyed with natural dyes, colors gradually change overtime and partial discoloration may occur. Colors may bleed and stain other clothing if the product is washed with other items or becomes damp from perspiration, rain, etc.
Our Agate Rings are crafted in Marrakech, Morocco by artisans that carve and smooth the semi-precious stones to perfection. The fertile land of Morocco is abundant with the geodes and stones needed to produce our rings from the mountains.