NiK Kacy is the Creator and Executive Producer of Equality Fashion Week, the 1st LGBTQ+- focused Fashion Week in
LA, as well as the Founder and President of NiK Kacy Footwear, an LGBT-certified business, and the first gender-equal /
gender-free footwear and accessories for genders and identities in all spectrums. As a gender non-conforming,
transmasculine individual who identifies as nonbinary, Kacy’s designs are inspired by both their personal identity, style,
cultural background, fashion and activism. Their hope is to provide a solution to individuals who have been seeking
footwear alternatives that fit not only their feet but also their authentic expression of self. Their mission is to utilize fashion
as activism in a way that inspires change so that gender is no longer a force that limits or restricts and EQUALITY
becomes the vernacular that ALL individuals speak.
Kacy’s journey began shortly after traveling throughout Europe in search of masculine-styled shoes made to fit smaller,
petite feet. For most of their life, Kacy was unable to find a proper pair of shoes that were both comfortable and fitting of
their identity. Tired of being under-represented, Kacy set out to discuss with manufacturers why shoes have traditionally
been divided between men and women only. After being told repeatedly by the footwear industry that the market for this
niche was too small and therefore non-lucrative, Kacy decided to design their own collection of “masculine of center” and
“feminine of center” shoes in a range of unisex sizes. In addition to footwear, Kacy also designs accessories such as a
unisex utility holster, keychains, and bracelets that are also gender-equal and gender-neutral in design. Kacy’s designs
break the traditional ideals of male and female proportions and fit, while allowing individuals to walk their own way, no
matter how they identify.
Since their successful Kickstarter campaign in March 2015, NiK Kacy has been featured in numerous publications
including, but not limited to, Autostraddle, Advocate, AfterBuzzTV, Curve, DapperQ, Diva, FashionTimes, Forbes,
Fortune, LA Times, Ozy, Patch, Refinery29, Ryot, SheWired, and The Huffington Post. In their spare time, NiK Kacy is
dedicated to the local and global LGBTQ+ community in raising awareness, visibility, education and supporting the
community at large. Kacy is part of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s Trans-Inclusion Task Force, was on the
Board of Directors at the LA Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce as well as also on the Board of a new non-profit
focused on increasing the visibility of non-binary and gender non-conforming community, called GendrFwd.
One of Kacy’s many passions also include supporting the Los Angeles LGBT Center and has been a committee member
for An Evening with Women for 8 consecutive years. Kacy has also been featured in the Kenneth Cole “Make Now Matter”
campaign to help spread the message of community and positive social impact on a large scale. With a background in
fine arts, entertainment and advertising, and as a former Senior Producer/Project Manager for Google, and lead of the LA
office Gayglers, Kacy also uses their expertise to help the community, including producing and directing the short
documentary, It Does Get Better, which promotes the message that we are not alone in the world as LGBTQ+ individuals.
Currently, NiK Kacy is committed to raising funds and increasing visibility for the TransLatina Coalition, located in Los
Angeles, CA. They are an organization formed by Trans Latina leaders who have come together since 2009 to organize
and advocate for the needs of Trans individuals who are immigrants and reside in the USA.
Visit NiK Kacy Footware at: www.nikkacy.com