DESIGNER FOCUS… NICO VERBART

A moment with… Nico Verbart.

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Nico personifies decades of craftsmanship and talent. The textile designer has worked for Vlisco for over 40 years and continues to surprise with his vast knowledge and artistic designs every day.

Why Vlisco?

Vlisco has its own special language of imagery and is truly unlike any other company in Europe. In fact, I think it’s like a living monument, one that has a rich history at its foundation but is constantly developing.

Where does your inspiration come from?

From anything in my life or from a heritage design from our archive. Those strong, iconic designs are a great source of inspiration. I also have many muses, often divas such as Aretha Franklin or Grace Jones, who I keep in mind while designing.

What does it mean to you to see someone wearing your patterns in real life?

I can still remember the first time I saw a woman in West-Africa wearing one of my designs. It was one of those special moments in my life. Very impressive.

What’s your design signature?

My style has changed over the years. Experience has taught me that a drawing has to be strong. A Vlisco design should make a statement. I have a slight preference for Wax, because you can do so much with it.

View more on the Celebrate collection, which includes fabric designs by Nico Verbart.

Nico also designed some beautiful fabrics for previous Vlisco collections. Discover all his designs here.

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