Nikki on the steps of her crazy-colored Mission home.
Name: Nikki Garcia
Occupation: Founder and Designer at First Rite
I live in: The Mission in San Francisco
Tell us about how you got into making clothes:
"I had been altering vintage clothing for years and had always known I wanted to be involved in clothing design. I would sketch out all my ideas, but had no idea how to create a garment from scratch, so after studying business in college [in Montana] I moved to S.F. to study fashion design at FIDM and learned everything I needed to know to get me started in pattern making and industry sewing. I began constructing my own designs between quarters at school, so while I was completing the program, I was already selling clothes at a couple of local boutiques."
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