Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Nicole Welch, as a child, found joy in taking old scraps of clothes from her Barbie dolls and transforming them into designer wear. In 2013, Nicole got her first sewing machine as a birthday gift. After several well crafted pieces, her love for fashion was reignited. Following the success of her pop-up shop and mini fashion show, Nicole launched her brand, KoKo Mystique in 2018. Later the same year, Nicole entered in her first fashion design competition taking the "People's Choice Award." Known for her patent leather and Army patterns, Koko Mystique designs have been featured in various venues in and around Cleveland as well as Atlanta.