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NOMAD By Tess Johnson Available on Kickstarter

Women’s Wear Designer aims for the support of Kickstarter Backers to produce a new line of functional and stylish backpacks, The NOMAD

American fashion designer Tess Johnson, known for designing women’s wear and creating one-of-a-kind runway pieces  through her Tess Johnson Design company is hoping for the support of Kickstarter backers to produce the NOMAD collection. NOMAD is a line of backpacks that are both highly fashionable and multi-functional for students, adults, and working professionals.

Tess Johnson's NOMAD backpacks
Tess Johnson’s NOMAD backpacks


Tess Johnson stepped into the fashion scene in 2012. She was a challenge winner on Lifetime Network’s 24 Hour Catwalk, and debuted her first official S/S 2012 collection later that year at Miami Style Week. Her collections have been featured at Ottawa Fashion Week, Nolcha Shopping Event in London, and New York Fashion Week’s NOLCHA. Celebrities ranging from actress Dawn Olivieri to fashion guru Jeannie Mai, and rocker Saffron from Republica have been spotted wearing pieces from her collections. Tess Johnson has also been featured in top fashion publications such as  Lucky, Elle, InStyle, British GQ and U.K.’s Vogue.

Emerging for the first time into the handbags/accessories realm of the fashion world, Tess Johnson is back in the scene with a new line of unisex backpacks and pouches, NOMAD by Tess Johnson. “I have been making women’s wear for years and creating one-of-a-kind runway pieces, but I wanted to transition into something that is accessible to everyone.” says Tess Johnson of her new venture.  The NOMAD backpacks feature zippers, pockets and snaps, all designed to create ease for the wearer and give them quick access to the important things they carry like phones, laptops, and subway cards. All NOMAD backpacks are custom lined with the signature “NOMAD Map Print” and are available in Classic (all black), Classic with pink, Grey with yellow, Maps with yellow, Blue with sky blue, and Purple with brown.

NOMAD by Tess Johnson offers function, style, and an affordable backpack all year round. However, the bigger picture is what the line will do for underprivileged children yearly who may not be able to afford a quality backpack and school supplies. Through Kickstarter’s support, this is just step one in the production and development of a great new backpack line and beyond.

Tess Johnson hopes to secure 1,000 backpacks through her Kickstarter campaign, which will be live September 2, 2014-November 1, 2014. Regularly priced at $89 USD, NOMAD backpacks will be $59 and $69, exclusively for the first few hundred backers who make a pledge. Additional  pledges offer original sketches and personal thank you notes from Tess Johnson herself. To support the NOMAD by Tess Johnson Kickstarter campaign, please visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1858908126/nomad-by-tess-johnson.

To learn more about NOMAD by Tess Johnson, please visit http://tessjohnsondesign.com/.

Meet Five Fashionable Real Women


Corri McFadden
Founder of eDrop-Off, the nation’s premier online luxury consignment destination.   She is Chicago’s go-to style advisor, wardrobe editor, and image consultant.  Corri’s most recent endeavor is the development of her own jewelry lines Corri McFadden, a collection of one-of-a-kind pieces made exclusively from vintage materials and CMC by Corri McFadden, which features stackable bracelets and necklaces for everyday wear to fit into every girls wardrobe!

She hosts a show called House of Consignment on VH1 that aired on March 21st.

Twitter followers: 3,267  – @CorriMcFadden

Caitlin Moe

This prodigious violinist and singer song writer’s first love is music.  But she is fast becoming one of the New York City’s “It Girls.” Just one year since moving from her hometown of Gainesville, Florida to New York City, Caitlin Moe has performed alongside Steven Tyler, Sam Sparro, Sasha Lazard, Holly Brook, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and DJ’s Jesse Marco, DJ Irie, and of course her DJ duo act with Mia Moretti. As one of her biggest fans, fashion designer Richie Rich has personally conceived wardrobes for Caitlin and invited her to walk his renowned Miami and New York Fashion Week shows.

Twitter followers: 2,040 – @caitlinmoe

Lindsey Louie

San Francisco based stylist.  Lindsey also has a popular San Francisco blog:  www.complacencykillsusall.com

Twitter followers: 2,118 – @Lindsey_Louie


DJ Lindsey (Caldwell)Lindsey Caldwell aka DJ Lindsey is an Atlanta native who has made a name for herself in New York.   She was an original resident at the Boom Boom Room at the Standard Hotel NY playing for the likes of Madonna, Shakira, Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, and many more. She was hand picked by Bethann Hardison to DJ the party celebrating Iman’s CFDA award and then later a similar celebration for Naomi Campbell at Le Bain. Currently she can be found playing at Von Kellner, and subMercer, has played most of NY’s hottest underground spots. She was selected to play PS1’s Warm Up alongside living legend Lovebug Starski and has been featured in The New York Times, Elle Magazine, GQ, Paper Magazine, Time Out New York, Lucky, Italian Vogue, Uptown Magazine and numerous style blogs. She currently works with old friends at Opening Ceremony, and was counted amongst men.style.com’s “Women of Style,” a perfect reflection of her refined but playful sensibilities, musical and—like all well-rounded DJs—otherwise.Twitter followers: 1,171
Fashion Stylist (Martha Violante)Martha Violante is a New York based stylist, working as the Fashion Editor at Large of Paper Magazine, as well as contributing to other indie publications and working with commercial clients. Prior to Martha’s freelance career she had assisted two of the industry’s greatest talents Alex White and Lori Goldstein.