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Posted on July 03, 2017 by Nicole Ferrara | 0 comments

Nico Made for PAS-POL

Nico Made teamed up with PAS-POL, the Japan-based travel inspired lifestyle brand, to create three photo album covers (shown left to right- Beach Day, Aloha Pineapple, Mahalo Hibiscus). PAS-POL is all about evoking the desire to travel, and Nico Made’s goal is to transport you to the tropics though design, so it only seemed fitting that we would collaborate on a project that promotes traveling to paradise.

In a digital-filled era, it’s nice to actually have photos that one can have and hold, as opposed to just swiping through on your phone. It’s kind of like getting that handwritten card in the mail (wink, wink), as opposed to an email. It creates a personal connection, and we are all about fostering those personal connections.

Update: We are so flattered to have our very own project profile on Pas-Pol's website. Check it out here (and if you can read Japanese, let us know what it says ... all good things we hope ;)

Photo courtesy PAS-POL


Posted in aloha, custom, design, graphic design, Hibiscus, illustration, island style, photo album, photo book, travel, tropical decor, Tropical Flowers

Nico Made and Kahala Mall collaborate again for Mother’s Day

Posted on May 03, 2017 by Nicole Ferrara | 0 comments

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I was so honored when Kahala Mall approached me to collaborate with them for a second time on a special Mother’s Day tote bag. Kahala Mall is a special client to work with – they respect and understand the family-work-life balance, which can be very difficult to maintain as a mom-run small business owner.

I’m always juggling work and two lively toddler boys so I know the importance of a good “grab-and-go” tote. It needs to be sturdy, big enough to hold the “momsentials” like wipes, snacks, and water bottles, but not too big that it’s cumbersome to carry. I really think we hit the nail on the head with this tote, both in functionality and its “looks cute with everything-ness.”

These bags are limited editions, and are only available through Kahala Mall. So, how do you get your hands on one, you ask? It’s simple:
1) Shop at Kahala Mall during May 1 - May 14
2) SAVE your paper receipts because when you spend a combined total of $200 (and that includes all those purchases from Whole Foods) you get this bag for FREE. Yep, Free!
You can see all the promo details here.

This tote goes out to all the hard working mamas. You know who you are.

Nico Made


Posted in aloha, canvas bag, custom, design, free, freebie, graphic design, illustration, island style, local design, Mother's Day, prints, textile design, tote bag

Coco Moon expands line with products featuring Nico Made prints

Posted on May 02, 2017 by Nicole Ferrara | 0 comments

nico made aloha print leggings

Local mama, entrepreneur and swaddle maven, Coco Moon, has done it again. The Honolulu-based company initially started with a collection of swaddle blankets, which we were so honored to have designed. Now, the company has expanded into crib sheets, towel sets, and clothing which feature designs by Nico Made. We worked with Coco Moon to re-size and scale our designs so the prints would work better on those itsy baby clothes and teeny towels, and using their creative superpowers Coco Moon created the cutest little baby outfits that you ever did see (some OMG items - those leggings and this hat).

nico made pineapple print baby gown and hat

nico made honu turtle print bath towel

nico made pineapple print and shark print

Photos courtesy of Coco Moon


Posted in aloha, apparel design, blankets, crib sheet, custom, design, graphic design, illustration, kids, kids bedding, kids clothing, local design, pineapple print, prints, rainbow, swaddle blanket, textile design, textiles

That first boost of confidence

Posted on May 27, 2016 by Nicole Ferrara | 0 comments

I’m a late bloomer, slow starter, or what ever you want to call starting a new career late in life. I lost my job and decided it would be a good idea to start my own business. However, the timing wasn’t exactly perfect because I got pregnant at the same time … with twins. Well, you can imagine how excited I was when Honolulu Magazine featured me as a new stationery designer on the scene. This helped me get the boost of confidence I need to carry on, albeit, slowly, but surely.


Posted in aloha, design, greeting cards, news, press