“I [Ilka Harrigan] did it backwards, Nanichi started in the United States, and it started when I moved away from home. As the saying goes “necessity is the mother of invention,” and thus Nanichi bloomed out of creative hands that were busy searching for a specific type of jewelry. I wanted to wear jewelry that reminded me of home and said a bit about me and my origin.”
Each of Nanichi’s collections is in some way inspired by Caribbean culture, nature and scenery.
“I like to represent on the runway, and photoshoots. Nanichi speaks for itself; I feel like I’ve introduced so many people that I’ve worked with, as well as my fans to various aspects of the Caribbean region through my jewelry. Now it’s time to introduce my work to the Caribbean region.”
2013 is a different year for Nanichi.
“I’ve decided to do less this year; I wanted to take a break and go back home. Not quite a vacation but this year we’ll be working in a different location of the atlas.”