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passionate and dedicated. I learned at an early age that fashion isn't necessarily the fantasy that everyone thinks it is. It's hard work. At some point I realized that most households got The Boston Globe in the mail, not Women's Wear Daily." "Zoë loved it," says Lightbown of the family life and career collision. "When she was younger she thought it was so cool she could wear something with her name in the back. Nick is still wondering what happened to the 'K.'" Together Again A 17-year-old high school senior when NIC+ZOE first began, Chatfield-Taylor is back in the fold. The knitwear company became even more close-knit when she joined the team in 2009. After a year of studying at University of Connecticut, she moved to Los Angeles to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Upon graduation, she moved back east to work at NIC+ZOE. "It was too close to me with my mother's profession to consider working in fashion initially," Chatfield-Taylor explains. "It took stepping away from that world and feeling lost at UCONN to want to study something that I loved and could truly apply to the workplace. I realized I wanted to be in the industry." As Director of Merchandising, she works closely with the product, from guiding the design team in their needs for each collection to getting the line ready for market. She also works closely with her mother, a mom- daughter dynamic that others in NIC+ZOE have called endearing. "We trust each other, and it feels very natu- ral," Chatfield-Taylor continues. "We partner on a consistent basis to develop the collec- tions and work together almost every day." Collection Inspiration For Lightbown, style-comfort connection is a four-letter word — knit. She manipulates tex- tures and yarn to create innovative 12-month knits that are as cozy as you need them to be in New England winters, yet equally as appeal- ing in warmer seasons. "I love knits," she says. There's a sense of irony when you learn Lightbown's southpaw status meant hand-knitting lessons from her grandmother usually ended with frustrated backward knits. "They add so much style to one's wardrobe and are so comfortable to wear. The NIC+ZOE woman lives in knits because they move with you, go effortlessly from desk to dinner and coffee to cocktails, and are timeless. Knits never go out of style and will always be the first thing women reach for in their closets." 126 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 business "all designers love to start a new season"