Vet Creates Clothing Line Just for Female Veterans

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This one is for all you prior service female spouses who know the struggle is real … the struggle to find something to wear showing you served, that is.

This is just one in an awesome line of clothes created just for female veterans. http://wp.me/p1d7d0-8ne

This shirt, created by the Lady Brigade, was made with female veterans in mind.

Nadine Noky, who left the Army in 2007 after a five year enlistment and a tour in Iraq, knows that. She hated the way men — other vets and civilians — would be shocked that she served. She hated that the only apparel for a proud female to vet to wear was ugly and manly, hokey and brazen or covered in glitter and rhinestones and meant for proud wives.

Nadine Noky, who served five years and did a tour in Iraq, has created a line of clothing just for female veterans. (Photo: Nadine Noky) Learn more here: http://wp.me/p1d7d0-8ne

Nadine Noky, who served five years and did a tour in Iraq, has created a line of clothing just for female veterans. (Photo: Nadine Noky)

Instead, she was searching for something with a little more balance. “You don’t want to wear a shirt that says ‘veteran’ on it,” she told me, but you do want to identify yourself when appropriate and display your pride, especially to the skeptics who still don’t understand that, yes, many veterans are women.

“Even at the VA you still get another [male] veteran saying ‘you were in the military, huh?'” she said. “And you’re [sarcastically] like ‘no I just kind of ironically come to the VA and stand in line at the pharmacy, but I’m really not a veteran.'”

The problem of no veteran clothes just for women kept eating at her. And after another experience at the VA, she decided to pop into their store to see what they had.

“I was like ‘this is the last straw.’ I went to the VA for a doctor appointment and it was the same thing in their store — tan or black t-shirts or red white and blue shirts, and there was not a single one for women. And I was like ‘that’s enough!'” she told me.

Noky had used her GI Bill to get a a degree in graphic design. Armed with that know-how she decided last November to do something herself about the pride apparel problem and founded Lady Brigade.

The result? Near overnight success, thanks in part to having her story picked up by Buzzfeed. Between November and early February she filled about 150 orders. Since Buzzfeed published her story early last month she was filled an additional 600.

This is just one in an awesome line of clothes created just for female veterans. http://wp.me/p1d7d0-8ne

Another awesome design from Lady Brigade.

Noky doesn’t make gear specifically for women who weren’t in the military — although some of it doesn’t clearly claim that their wearer is a veteran. She says there is already a company doing a great job with that. Instead she focuses on the female vet market that, before her, didn’t have representation — although she has considered making some items just for male spouses.

All of Noky’s products are printed by her with supplies made in the USA, she said. She doesn’t want to outsource because she fears it would impact quality.

You can’t find any of her products in stores yet, although she is working with some military retailers like AAFES to get her gear in their stores.

There is nothing cooler than watching people live their dreams.

Interested in ordering a shirt? You can see her website here. 

About the Author

Amy Bushatz
Amy is the editor in chief of Military.com’s spouse and family blog SpouseBuzz.com. A journalist by trade, Amy also covers spouse and family news for Military.com where she is the managing editor of spouse and family content. An Army wife and mother of two, Amy has been featured as a subject matter expert on CNN.com, NPR, Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC and BBC as well as in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. Follow her on twitter @amybushatz.
  • Cyndia Rios-Myers

    Love her story, ethics, and shirts!! If she’d make shirts for former Sailors, she’d have a customer in me.

    • Amy_Bushatz

      I think I saw some Sailor gear on the site!

      • Kathy

        ONE! Come on, you are off to a great start, just make sure that all Services are represented.

        • Amy_Bushatz

          I didnt mention it in the article, but she is working on licensing with the services (the Corps in particular is sticky). Also, as I indicated in the article she didnt expect this to take off quite so quickly. I know she’s working on new designs and is excited to get everyone in there!

    • Gerri Ford

      Great idea. Don’t forget the Navy Waves.

  • Namike

    That’s awesome! Thank goodness for people like her!

  • jojo613

    THANK-YOU! Ordering right NOW! <3 this.... I will wear this shirt on Veteran's Day after I get the questioning looks when I ask for a Veteran's Discount. Just because I'm now "just a spouse" doesn't mean I didn't serve my country.

  • Carl Singer

    Awesome!!! My niece will love these.
    Thank you for your service.

  • SGM Bob

    Great article. Thanks. It’s time someone thought about our female vets!

  • US MC FERRELL

    Good for you and our female vets. Male or female you should be proud to have served our country. I’ll be sure to let my female vets know about this.

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