#PerthGirlBoss 7: Nicola Spicer from Zingiber Swimwear

Originally from New Zealand but now a local Perth girl, Nicola Spicer is the owner and designer behind home grown swimwear label Zingiber. Nicola launched Zingiber in September last year and already she has received a huge amount success and numerous accolades – from being featured at TPFF Swim + Resort Series 2014 and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2015, as well as being named Best Up and Coming Swimwear Designer at 2014 QT Fashion Week Awards (just to name a few!) And it is no wonder with Zingibers’ eye catching colours, intricate designs and luxe fabrics – in a world of string bikinis Zingiber stands out from the beach packed crowd! If you have yet to hear about Zingiber keep reading as Nicola gives us an insight into her luxe endless summer world.

Nicola Spicer Photo: Getty Images

Nicola Spicer
Photo: Getty Images – Stefan Gosatti

1. What was your decision behind starting your own swimwear label? Has swimwear always been your niche?

I have always loved fashion and have a design background. Growing up by the beach and traveling the globe inspired me to create my our swim label.

2. What is it about swimwear that excites you?

It has a really casual vibe and it is a challenge to be creative with a very small piece of fabric. I enjoy making swimwear that allows people to feel sexy and comfortable.

3. Tell me more about Zingiber. For those that don’t know, how did you choose the name?

ZINGIBER is the plant where ginger grows from. It’s is a play on words with my surname – Spicer. Ginger is a spice… Zingiber is where ginger comes from.

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4. Who or what inspires you & your designs?

I am inspired by culture, travels and general fashion trends from the past.

5. Who is the Zingiber woman? (What kind of women do you design for?)

I design for confident edgy woman who like to take a risk while still maintaining an element of sophistication.

6. Describe Zingiber in 3 words:

Edgy, sophisticated, beautiful.

7. Long gone are the days where swimwear was just for swimming. How would you style or wear Zingiber away from the pool?

You can wear our one pieces as body suits and our other swimwear items can be worn out to festivals, especially our new range SS16 Zuberi 8 which has a real sporty vibe.

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8. If you had to choose only 1 Zingiber piece to take on holiday which piece would you choose?

I love our Zigar snow leopard two piece bikini!

9. What 3 other items are your must have on holiday?

A nice pair of shades, a tan and sunblock!

10. Where/what is your ultimate summer getaway?

A tropical island, maybe the Maldives or Tahiti.

11. Lastly, you have had a lot of success in the last 12 months. What have you got lined up for Zingiber in the next 12 months?

We are aiming for Miami Fashion Week in July 2016.

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With many people opting take a little winter getaway in Bali (lucky you if you are one of these people!) and spring just around the corner, it’s never too early to start shopping for a new bikini. And let’s be honest it’s already starting to heat up in Perth! You can shop the whole Zingiber collection online or check out their stockists – you’ll be guaranteed to make a statement!

JB xx

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