Nancy Bacich is the designer of an eponymous handbag and jewelry collection, who started her career in lingerie design.
After graduating from Parsons School of Design on the Anne Klein Scholarship she dreamt up lingerie designs for Maidenform and Natori and the licensed collections of Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta and European designers Zandra Rhodes and Karl Lagerfeld. At Maidenform she re-created the company’s original designs of the 1920’s for the archives of The Smithsonian Museum.
In 1992 Nancy started her own luxury handbag business with a signature “bracelet bag” that was an instant success at Henri Bendel. Expanding the collection and specializing in evening bags she landed in Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and overseas in Browns, Printemps, Corso Como, Joyce Boutique and Takashimya. Hollywood A-Listers such as Cameron Diaz, Natalie Portman, Cindy Crawford and Meryl Streep share a common devotion to a particular breed of evening bags, the creations of Nancy Bacich. In 1998 she was named Fashion Group International’s Rising Star in accessories.
In 2002 she went back to the drawing board and studied “sequential art” at The School of Visual Arts. Here the fashion mannequin that she drew since her student days at Parsons came to life at Nancy’s first art exhibit at Michael Gallagher’s Art & Fashion Gallery. This event was sponsored by MAC cosmetics and the first of several events sponsored by MAC that introduced Eve Kitten products in 2006. The limited edition of dolls, chocolate bars and t shirts were introduced at Patricia Field’s new Bowery boutique to a sellout here and in Japan where Patricia is a fashion consultant for Takashimaya. In 2008 Steven Heller included Eve Kitten in his book, The Design Entrepreneur: Turning Graphic Design into Goods that Sell. The feature is about creating a character into products that create a brand.