July 27, 2020

IED Alumni: Nilcem Hizli Stitt

Before IED, Nilcem had worked for two years in Istanbul, which is her home town. Afterwards she became aware that fashion design was her passion, so she applied to IED for an undergraduate course in Fashion and textile design in Accademia Aldo Galli – IED Network, and started working in the industry after graduating. Milan creative atmosphere and its fashion system definitely played a part in her  choice. 

 “After my research, I realized that IED is the perfect place to grow creatively and acquire technical skills at the same time”.

She tells us that her expectations about IED were definitely met, as she became part of a creative environment which really boosted her creativity and made her learn a lot about the creative process. 

Currently she is working as Head Designer at Versa Group LLC. in New York City, which has licenses for several well known menswear brands. She also runs her own line, YAKA New York (founded in 2014), which is a high-end designer brand for men’s interchangeable collar shirts, limited editions and artistic one of a kind works.

“Both my positions excite me in different ways. I love my job as a Head Designer at Versa because my designs sell all over the world and I am able to create hundreds of pieces every year with access to great mills and factories. I also love my own line, YAKA New York, because I can go crazy and be as creative as I want – without thinking of sales – satisfies my artistic side. I am currently working on a new limited edition collection for my brand right now. I am planning to approach every item as a real piece of art, which makes me very excited.”

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