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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

nico made for Coco Moon

Posted on September 15, 2016 by Nicole Ferrara | 0 comments

My little twins were born 6 weeks early, which meant they were itty, itty, bitty for a really long time. They absolutely loved the comforting feel of a good swaddle, and it was really the only way we could get them to sleep at night.

When we were first contacted by Coco Moon I was still struggling to figure out this whole work-life balance thing (and I’m still trying to figure it out). But, despite our hectic schedules the opportunity to work with a new local company and create beautiful swaddle blankets was something I couldn’t pass up.

Amber (Coco Moon’s founder) had great vision for her company’s aesthetic. We worked together until we got the right colors, scale, and pattern, and in the end I think we created uniquely beautiful designs that are sweet and true to the Island-style vibe of Amber’s vision.

As a designer, it’s extremely fulfilling to see Coco Moon become sought-after, and as a local business owner, it’s so great to see another woman-run business blossom. We can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

Check out some of the custom prints we created ...

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Posted in blankets, design, graphic design, illustration, logo, patterns, prints, swaddle