Jessica Washick is one creative individual. Proving a knack for fashion, she mastered two very different careers, being both a nail artist and a sneaker designer.
According to Washick, she started painting her nails in 2007 after an ugly break-up, and shared her nail art in her blog You Don’t Need A Man, You Need A Manicure. She went on to study fashion design in Parsons and now works as a Senior Color Designer at Nike.
“Prior to Nike, I gravitated towards women’s accessories, and designed them at Coach and Marc Jacobs,” she told HYPEBAE. “But I view nails as a built-in accessory so it’s all a part of the fashion world in my eyes. Whether modest or complex, nails are very much a part of the look.”
“With both nails and sneakers, you’re pushing boundaries within a confined, classic space that’s personal to a lot of people,” she explained. “They’re both blank canvases but you can’t do just anything. It has to be functional to some extent. It’s also a delicate balance of standing out but being relatively easy to wear. And I also love that people feel so passionately about both. They’re both unifying in that way.”
Take a look at some of her eye-popping designs (both trainers and nails).