Josianne Olcer,

the Designer behindNanikana


Nanikana, meaning  "main road" in Algonquin, was the original name of the Harricana River. 

Here is a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in Québec, Canada, but I’ve settled in Basel, Switzerland with my husband and 2 kids. I’ve had a love for design and creating since I was a little child so it was only natural I chose to study it in depth. After graduating with distinctions from college in Fashion Design, I was offered a position of lecturer in a Fashion Design University in Istanbul. I was fortunate enough to work with multiple well known designers and collaborated with brands and Fashion magazines like Elle Turkiye. 


I owe my love of the art of sewing to my grandmother, who taught me how to sew at a young age. And my love for natural materials has always been a way to stay connected to my roots and metis heritage. 

Jurastrasse 21,
4053 Basel