Nicole Benefield’s design aesthetic is rooted in casual sophistication. The intent is to create clothing that is approachable with thoughtful details, effortless fabrications, in modern proportions. She is an advocate for being driven by emotion over trend and appreciates form and wearability.
Upon graduating from Parsons, Nicole has held several leadership roles for top women’s retailers specializing in a casual lifestyle. Through these experiences, Nicole honed her focus on a laid back aesthetic, which inspired the launch of her eponymous label, Nicole Benefield Portfolio. Creating through a lens from her own point of view has fueled a joy for the art of design.
Nicole Benefield Portfolio is a slow fashion brand that is committed to developing responsibly. The collection is a combination of styles in organic, biodegradable, or deadstock fabrics that are made in small batches to avoid over production. This adaptive method of production is a responsible approach to fashion and an appreciation for consuming meaningfully.
What started as a virtual portfolio has evolved into a women’s made-to-wear collection that is continuous in details, continuity of shape, in a continual range of neutrals. Each Collection is a living portfolio that is continuous from season to season where each style informs the next.