Nina Jiang established UNISECON in New York City in 2020.

Nina graduated from Parsons School of Design in 2017, studied fashion making and pattern cutting at Central Saint Martins in London, before honing her skills in textiles, patterns, meticulous craftmanship and avant-garde design alongside Boris Bidian Saberi in Paris. In the midst of learning her craft she also gave birth to her daughter Arya.

Motherhood and family were transformative for both Nina and her work: a sense of belonging from living in a household, a sense of balance from ‘human bonding’ and ‘self-actualization’ in her daily life. This resulted in an appreciation that interpersonal relationships improve self-recognition and a sense of belonging in family and community is empowering.

A play on the words “unify” and “second”, UNISECON is a riff on unity and community akin to rebirth and second life. Quoting collectivism and emotional bonds as influences, UNISECON is a celebration of the overlooked emotional bonds between people. Nina uses UNISECON to reflect on her transformations, complexities, and paradoxes.

UNISECON explores the multifaceted femininity of womanhood with candor, pragmatism and modernity. It denotes a meticulous sophistication in fabric development and wearability, while embracing the designer’s personal life as a mother.
UNISECON's Spring/Summer 2022 collection is named and inspired by Mike Mills' 2007 documentary "Does Your Soul Have a Cold?"
Antidepressants were introduced to Japan from the West in the 1990s under the slogan "Does your soul have a cold?". In Mike Mills’ documentary, young people living in Tokyo are struggling and are lost to drugs. Mills, who himself suffered from depression, chose to refuse drugs and favored rediscovering himself through art by painting fireworks.
"A certain darkness is needed to see the fireworks."

The ancients of China used fireworks to exorcise ghosts and evil spirits and eliminate fear in their hearts. It takes only a few seconds for fireworks to bloom and wither, but they reflect in the eyes of thousands of people and touch the hearts of mortals.

“Does your soul have a cold? We are here for you.”
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