Sci Chic, a Florida startup founded by mechanical engineering student Erin Winick, wanted to show other women that science is relevant to all fields, including fashion. In late 2015, she launched an Etsy site where she created a line of jewelry using a 3D printer and SolidWorks design software. Each piece in her collection introduced a principle of science, like the phases of the moon or the various layers of the Earth. “We’re not just talking about a necklace with a microscope pendant,” Winick says. “I was interested in exploring deeper scientific concepts.”
As the brand has grown, Winick started an e-commerce site. This year, she’s launched a subscription box for kids and adults that delivers several pieces of jewelry and educational materials designed around a scientific theme. Her goal, throughout all of this, is to demonstrate that science and fashion are not mutually exclusive.