Last Friday Nubian Skin accomplished one whole year on this planet, and celebrated its first birthday! An unbelievable amount of things have happened in just one year - more than we ever could have imagined, and we are eternally grateful for the positivity and support that we received along the way.
We thought we’d celebrate by taking a look back at a number of things that happened since last year....
The very first hosiery shoot...
August - getting close to the launch...
October 2nd – NUBIAN SKIN WAS BORN!
Kerry Washington tweeted about the brand and said that she thought it was “AWESOME” when she shared the article on NS from SELF Magazine. We died!!
Nubian Skin prepares for the launch of their hosiery!
December was the official launch of hosiery. The promo shoot was shot at Motel Studios in Shoreditch.
Later that month Nubian Skin launched to the press at Covent Garden Hotel. Everybody delighted to see the products 'in the flesh' & everyone was custom matched on the day!
In January 2015, we were featured in Oprah Magazine – OPRAH IS QUEEN! AND...we launched at ASOS, our very first retailer!
Later in March the Independent featured Nubian Skin - they one of the first papers to support us and we were over the moon!
By May Nubian Skin hosiery was available at Fenwick Bond Street (UK) and Mytights.com (UK) and the lingerie was stocked on ASOS.com (International), Jumia (Nigeria), Busted Bra Shop (US), Blue Stockings Boutique (US), Nubian Hueman (US) and Gift Ko (US) – we were so pleased to have been able to achieve this amount of support in the first half year!
We also delivered on our more sizes campaign by adding A Cups as well as 38 and 40 backs to our offering! We always want to hear what sizes you want to see, so this is still ongoing – more exciting news coming soon...!
By the end of June we were thrilled to be stocked in two Esbelta stores in Portugal!! Esbelta wanted to be able to give women all they need to look and feel good, and we helped them to achieve that!
We also spoke to Beverly Knight in our first WCW interview on our blog– we were just so happy to hear that she’s a supporter of the brand. (She’s Cinnamon and loves the lace set and tights!! Just by the way!)
We were also so excited to be featured in Marie Claire and New York Magazine (The Cut)! We received such great support from the press and couldn’t have been more thankful.
July was a HUGE month for Nubian Skin – we launched at Nordstrom online and later at 15 stores! Ade had met the Nordstrom buyers earlier in the year at the Paris lingerie trade show, and was so impressed that they were so focused on serving their customers! (When I say 'Nord' you say 'strom'....NORD...! )
(& we were featured in ELLE US, Glamour, MTV Style, Mashable & more!)
Getting ready to exhibit in Paris again for the July Lingerie trade show meant spray painting mannequin legs trying to get them the right colours!! This was certainly a memorable moment…..!
At the Paris Trade show we were lucky enough to meet the wonderful M6 news presenter, KAREEN GUIOCK – who even owns a pair of Nubian Skin tights – woooooooo!
We loved the pictures we saw of the ‘An African City’ cast in Nubian Skin – celebrating beauty and feeling comfortable in it!
Nordstrom being the lovely people that they are, created a “Beyond Beige” campaign featuring Nubian Skin! It was great to see that they were recognizing their customers need as well as supporting our brand!
August was also the month of our first New York stockist – Bra Tenders – the fitting experts!
In September House of Fraser launched our hosiery in 4 stores as well as online & ASOS added the hosiery to their online collection. We hosted a lovely press event at Nails & Brows to celebrate the occasion – it was incredible to have so many talented women supporting the brand!
We were also featured in Cosmopolitan U.S. & Le Monde magazine!!
And Ade was shortlisted for Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year by the GBEA!
We rounded the month off at the Keziah Connects event – Ade was a guest speaker and it was great to hear all of the questions coming from other talented women who were looking to develop their own ventures.
I’m not really sure whether we can express how excited we were to have been talked about on Tyra’s FAB Life show! IT WAS INCREDIBLE!
Now we’ve reached our birthday month, we are working on some developments that we really can’t wait to show you. It’s been a fantastic first year and we just want to say a HUGE GIGANTIC THANK YOU for all of your support. We can't wait to see what will happen next year!
Until next time…