In 2001 Nick Verreos and David Paul created their clothing line NIKOLAKI after Henri Bendel purchased the collection for their Manhattan Flagship. Eventually, the line was carried in over 100 stores, including Nordstrom, Fred Segal as well as specialty boutiques all over the world, from Manhattan to Tokyo.
With every NIKOLAKI collection Nick and David like to tell a story, always portraying a powerful, elegant yet sexy woman. Known for its Couture-like quality, Grecian draping and sumptuous silk and jersey fabrications, NIKOLAKI has also had an impressive showing on the Red Carpet. Their gowns have been worn at the Academy Awards, Emmys, Grammys and SAG Awards. Beyonce, Katy Perry, Heidi Klum, Eva Longoria and Carrie Underwood have all worn NIKOLAKI.
NIKOLAKI has been featured in various publications including Women’s Wear Daily, In Style, Lucky, People, Us Weekly, GenLux, Fashion Week Daily, and California Apparel News and has been showcased in various Runway Shows around the world including Los Angeles Fashion Week, Style Week Orange County, Florence Italy, Fashion Week El Paseo and Islands of The World Fashion Week in The Bahamas among many others.
Nick Verreos has had a love of fashion since growing up in Venezuela as a child of a Greek-American Diplomat father and a glamorous Panamanian mother. After graduating from the Advanced Fashion Design Program at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, he worked in the Southern California fashion industry for 10 years.
Nick is the Winning Mentor of Project Runway: Under the Gunn and first received national and international attention after appearing on Project Runway Season 2. Nick is currently a Consulting Producer on Bravo's Project Runway. He enjoys great success as a red carpet fashion expert and correspondent for E! Entertainment, ABC's "On The Red Carpet", Reuters TV, NBC and CNN International for the Golden Globes, Grammys, SAG Awards, Primetime Emmys and the Academy Awards.
Nick's design philosophy is that every woman deserves a Red Carpet moment and encourages this belief through his NV Nick Verreos clothing line which has been available on major television shopping networks, including ShopHQ (USA), QVC UK, QVC Italy and The Shopping Channel (Canada).
Nick is the Co-Chair of Fashion Design at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and is the co-author of four books, “A Passion for Fashion”, “The Pageant Coloring Book”, “A Basic Guide to Pattern Drafting”, and “A Comprehensive Guide to Men’s Flat Sketching”. His very popular YouTube Channel “Fashion School with Nick Verreos” has over 340K subscribers and 10 MILLION views.
A native of Southern California, David Paul is truly a representative of the melting pot of American culture. Born to a Mexican-American mother, whose own parents immigrated from Guadalajara and Hermosillo, and an Architect father, who hails from Louisiana, David spent his childhood growing up in sunny San Diego.
Heavily influenced by his artistic parents, David realized his own love of theater and the arts. After immersing himself in the performing arts as a child, David left San Diego to attend the University of California, Los Angeles where he received his B.A. in Theater Arts, and later his M.F.A. in Costume Design.
After graduating, David began working in the entertainment industry, building an extensive resume for himself by designing costumes and working on shows such as Queer Eye for the Straight Girl, Passions, Undressed, and numerous other productions on MTV, ABC, FOX and the WB. David has also worked alongside Andre Leon Talley for Vogue Magazine and with such illustrious photographers as Arthur Elgort, Regan Cameron, Noe DeWitt and Amanda DeCadanet, styling for Kate Hudson, Heidi Klum, Vanessa Paradis, Twiggy and Heather Graham.
David is the Co-Chair of Fashion Design at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and is the co-author of four books, “A Passion for Fashion”, “The Pageant Coloring Book”, “A Basic Guide to Pattern Drafting”, and “A Comprehensive Guide to Men’s Flat Sketching”. David is currently a Consulting Producer on Bravo's Project Runway.