Today we’d like to introduce you to Nora Zamudio.
Nora, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My affinity for the arts and design started at a very young age, I think it is in my blood, my father has a degree in Architecture and my mother in Interior Design. As many of you know, I started with photography, I wanted to do fashion photography but eventually discovered that I was attracted to it as a form art. So, it took me a bit to make a career decision until I realized that no matter what I was doing, I was always sketching, designing clothing, collecting my favorite outfits from fashion magazines, making and selling jewelry, etc., everything that I did was somewhat related to fashion, so I decided to study Fashion Design.
As soon as I graduated, I started working in the action sports industry – I love sports. I have always been very passionate about making athletic garments or anything that has to do with the outdoors lifestyle. I was lucky to design for a few brands that wanted performance garments that were sexy and chic, for me this was like a dream come true. Eventually started working for the top brands in the industry (very grateful that they chose me) and then created Kiin Athletic – a sustainable brand.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been a wonderful journey, with adrenaline included, a smooth road I do not know… what I know is that I like to work. It has been an honor to work with the top brands in the industry, industry leaders, meeting top designers, see my work in retail stores and magazines, and much more. I have worked with and met wonderful people and I am thankful to EVERYONE who has helped me and thankful for the people that have chosen me to create their garments.
About struggles… they will always arise (some are harder than others).
As for advice, I guess it would be to work on something that you are good at and that you enjoy.
Please tell us about Kiin Athletic.
I specialize in performance garments. I design outfits for endurance athletes or anyone who needs something specialized. I am able to do anything required. I offer a free design consultation for first clients, feel free to reach out!
I think I am mostly known for designing and pursuing a sustainable lifestyle. Sustainability and using non-toxic garments is a priority (the reason I created Kiin Athletic) by providing sustainable garments our customers can help reduce waste in our oceans and reduce pollution. My goal is to adapt as many sustainable practices as possible and constantly work with people and businesses with the same vision. I am proud that people enjoy wearing Kiin and proud of all the people who do not give up on environmental solutions or an environmental lifestyle. I am always inspired by them.
Also, proud to see that styles that I design 5 years ago (for other brands) are still trendy and remain best sellers.
What sets me apart from others? The VENTO pants gave Kiin its prestige, these are “body shaper” pants with the latest technology (invented by me, not found anywhere else). I do not like to copy, I like to design and innovate.
Do you think there are structural or other barriers impeding the emergence of more female leaders?
Well, this is one of the few industries where the majority of leaders are women, we are surrounded by women all the time. So, I would not consider it barrier but a need in this industry.
- Retail / Ready to wear outfits range from $35- $130. Men and Women
- Website: www.kiin-athletic.com
- Phone: 619.623.7692
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kiinathletic/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kiin.Athletic/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kiin_Athletic
- Other: www.norazamudio.com
Portrait | Concept by Nora, Photography by: Antonio