NICKEISHA LEWIS OWNER & PRINCIPAL DESIGNER BID, IDC, NCIDQ #31414
I’ve always had a creative flair. Even as a kid I loved to sketch and excelled in art class. As I got older I knew I wanted a career that allowed me to combine my gift for sketching and my love for creativity and doing things outside of the box. I was told about interior design and that’s what started my journey to where I am now, the Owner and Principle Designer of NOLA Designs.
I graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design and had the opportunity to intern at the head office of one of the most popular shopping centres in Canada, where I was exposed to the newest stores and their designs coming to the centre, and from then on I was hooked and knew that commercial interior design was for me. Like fashion, the retail design industry was fast-paced and changed with the trends and I loved that there was so much room for creativity. Before starting NOLA Designs I worked for a retail design firm, and then as an in-house designer for large Canadian retail companies such as Telus Mobility, Indigo Books and Music, and Rogers Communications.
My experience as an in-house commercial interior designer has allowed me to become a subject matter expert as it pertains to a brand’s store layout and design. I want to use the strategies and knowledge I’ve gained from large established retailers to help boutique stores succeed in the retail industry. My design process is focused on thinking about the customer’s journey and how a brand can be represented in a physical space. I’m always checking out shopping centres and street fronts for inspiration and my greatest career highlight to date has been completing the store design for Suetables, whose jewelry has been worn by Meghan Markle.
When not working with incredible female entrepreneurs on their retail visions, you can find me travelling (Brazil, South Africa, Dubai, Scotland and London have been a few particular favourites), listening and dancing to salsa music, spending time with my family and at my church, planning parties, watching the Raptors or something new on Netflix while snacking on popcorn and Twizzlers, and de-stressing by journaling, reading and practising restorative yoga.