After a degree in law and years of experience in her father’s company producing fabrics, achieving great overall fabric know-how, Ilaria Nistri presented her first collection in Paris in 2006. She immediately met with the favour of prestigious department stores and international boutiques such as Isetan in Tokyo, I.T in Hong Kong, Mercury in Moscow, and Hotoveli in New York.
In 2008 she inaugurated her showroom in Via Carlo Botta, in Milan.
2008 saw her selected by Vogue Italia as an emerging designer and she made it to the finals of the Who is on Next competition organised by this prominent magazine and promoted by Alta Roma. She presented her SS 09 collection with the opening show at the AltaModa week in Rome and an installation during the Milan Fashion Week created by Vogue Italia.
The following year she was invited by the ICE (Italian National Institute for Foreign Trade) to take part in the Young Italian Designers in Japan Preview at Spiral Hall in Tokyo. In Italy, Franca Sozzani invited her to participate in the runway-event On Stage, which inaugurated Milano Unica. She was then selected by Vogue Italia for Cahiers des Talents 2010.
In the same year, she presented ROQUE, a contemporary daywearline encapsulating and rendering the moods and style from the ILARIA NISTRI collection, freshness and immediacy reworked in lightweight interchangeable articles, perfect layers for mixing and matching.