Nomadic Thread Society is a dedicated purveyor of exotic accents for beach, lifestyle and home. Motivated by chronic wanderlust, we source traditional textiles and indigenous finery from artisans and small producers around the world. We curate and design our collections with partners in India, Turkey, Kenya, Tunisia, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Colombia and then some. The stories woven into each piece stretch back centuries, while our eye for design and attention to sustainability ensure their use for years to come.
Nomadic Thread Society focuses on leisure, but its people don’t take the good life for granted. In its effort to build an ethical business wherever possible, NTS considers what materials and methods it uses throughout its operations, the number of steps in a supply chain, the fairness of wages paid to artisans, and whatever other decisions come up along the way. Here’s to finding the balance between conscientious commerce and high style.
On the beach in Tulum. That’s where former stylist Nicole Gulotta was sitting when a stranger, a fellow nomad, asked her, “How do I just get like that?” The woman, in her little black jersey dress, hadn’t had time to pick out the chic beach bits to allow her to really be on vacation. Nicole, barefoot and kaftan-ed, knew she had something to offer. Once a stylist, she was now the conduit to bring her exotic-chic to the people: the makers, the surfers, the wanderers, the designers. Next summer, she dropped off a batch of her wares to the Montauk beach shop, Tauk. It was gone in a week. After this first success, she was ready to expand her global reach to forge relationships with the artisans who are still the people behind Nomadic Thread Society today.
Being born with two passports was at once a blessing and a curse for Nicole Gulotta, creative director and founder of Nomadic Thread Society. It gave her a worldview unique to those who call two countries home — the U.S. and Italy, in her case — while also instilling the pesky wanderlust that prohibits fellow roamers from sitting still.
As a girl, Nicole’s summers were spent with her Nonna Lillia, in Capri. This was the Capri of the 1970s: the Capri of Jackie O. in kerchief and shades; the Capri where local craftspeople made the sandals and swimsuits; the Capri where kids’ only danger was wanting to dive from higher sea cliffs; the Capri where fresh mozzarella and tomato could be taken for granted.
Back home in New York, she’d go on to develop her curiosity in the world’s history, politics, geography and economics by studying art history at New York University. Visual art is the one medium broad enough to take on these expansive interests, and it became Nicole’s entry to understanding the human cultural landscape she was so hungry to learn about. It introduced her to Rothko and Klee, immersed her in the Cubists. And while her goal might have been to study the humanities with art’s permission of subjectivity, she also took on an unshakeable obsession with line, texture and pattern.
After NYU, Nicole began her 15-year career as a stylist, working across the spectrum of media. Favorite projects include: music videos for Gnarls Barkley and Kasabian; photo portraits for Thievery Corporation, DJ Hell, Brazilian Girls, Home Video, and Fatboy Slim; fashion shows for designers Diego Binetti and Ashley Tyler; a short ad-film with director Michel Gondry for Motorola; and online photography for Bergdorf Goodman.
Having matured her sense of design, Nicole looked to merge this savvy with her worldly rambles. The result is Nomadic Thread Society, an outpost for those grown-ups who appreciate good style, but still have an inner Caprese child who needs to run around with breezy abandon. She invites you to check out her wares and join her society of eternal nomads.