How It Started
Hi, I'm Nicole and the idea for making scrubs came to me in 2017, when my wife Marissa, a registered nurse, wanted to buy new scrubs for work. She couldn't find anything that met her few requirements: have enough functional pockets and not be completely shapeless. I was shocked that nothing existed, and I spent the next few months deep in the world of scrubs, healthcare uniforms, and fabric.
I couldn't stop thinking about this very real need that existed, not only for my wife, but for healthcare workers everywhere. Six months later I took the plunge and I left my job in corporate tax to pursue Nima Apparel and turn it into something real. I spent the next two years working on my designs, sourcing fabric, and getting our samples just right. Finally, on November 14, 2020 we were ready to open our little online shop.
Nima Apparel was born out of the need for scrubs that are both stylish and functional. Our scrubs are designed with healthcare workers in mind, and they were tested in the hospital. These scrubs have the functionality that your workday requires, and the design and quality that you deserve. We refuse to accept the status quo, and are on a mission to locally create apparel that you will love to wear to work, where ever that might be.
We are a slow-fashion micro-business, and our scrubs are made thoughtfully in small batches in Vancouver, British Columbia. We are so excited to be able to share them with you.
We acknowledge that the land on which we live and work is the unceded, ancestral, occupied and traditional land of the Coast Salish Peoples, specifically the Kwantlen, Katzie, Semiahmoo, and Tsawwassen First Nations, and the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
"Meet Nicole Ling, Nima Apparel" Small Business BC
"Women-owned business is making stylish scrubs for healthcare workers" Daily Hive
"Nima Apparel, a queer owned small business serving our essential workers" Vancouver Pride Society
Marissa & Nicole