Nikita Karsan (23), a third year LLB student at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU), is making quite a name for herself as an entrepreneur in the world of bespoke fashion.
Raised in the small town of Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape, Karsan completed her BA degree in Legal Theory and Psychology at Rhodes University, before moving to NMMU in Port Elizabeth to complete her LLB. She started Nix’s Kix as a hobby in December 2015, and her business has since grown in leaps and bounds.
Says Karsan: “At the time I had no idea that my hobby would transform into the well-received business it is today. The first pair of Nix’s Kix was simply created as a gift for my Minion-loving sister, and from there I was encouraged by my family to take my artistic expression to the next level.”
For as long as she can remember, Karsan has been extremely passionate about art. She explains: “I just love expressing myself, especially through free hand sketches, animation and painting. Nix’s Kix was a way of sharing this passion and my own creativity with people in a way that is unconventional and completely unique. I’ve always ensured that I never create the same design twice, so that my customers can be assured that they truly own a one-of-a-kind item of clothing.”
Each pair of Nix’s Kix is hand painted from start to finish. “My sneakers vary in time of completion, depending on factors like design, details, intricacy and size. It could take anything from a day to a week to complete. The price depends on the complexity and size of the chosen design. At the moment, a full sneaker design could cost anything from R300 to R450 per pair,” says Karsan.
Although Karsan hopes to work as an advocate once she has completed her studies, her dreams for the future are a toss-up between becoming a judge and becoming a Disney animator. “I’m passionate about both these career options,” she adds with a smile. “Also, Nix’s Kix is mainly focused on sneakers at the moment, but I plan to branch out to other items such as personalised denim jackets, jeans and T-shirts in the near future.”
Karsan has been living at CampusKey in Port Elizabeth. “I believe it’s the best place for any student and would highly recommend it. Studying full-time and being an entrepreneur can be stressful. CampusKey allows me to balance my two passions without compromising either. It’s a pleasure to live in this safe and growth driven environment.”
Leon Howell, MD of CampusKey, adds: “CampusKey, the premier provider of secure student accommodation in South Africa, is delighted to support Karsan as a student and entrepreneur. We believe entrepreneurs is what our country needs and want to empower our students to aim for the stars. They are the leaders of tomorrow!”
For those interested in ordering an exclusive pair of sneakers, follow Nix’s Kix on Facebook, direct message her on the “@nixskix” Instagram page or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.