Read about designer LaRon Hickerson and the birth of NoRal Apparel below.
Blatino Oasis is just around the corner (see our slideshow, "89 Photos of the Blatino Oasis in the Desert"). If you want to get the attention you deserve, NoRal Apparel creatively integrates bold fabrication, a strong sense of individuality, and pop culture elements. Innovative design and ingenious structure give NoRal Apparel a custom look, and the clothing feels amazing to wear.
A native of Kentucky, LaRon Hickerson — the designer and creator of all of that is NoRal Apparel — graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a bachelor of fine arts degree in fashion design. LaRon's achievements include winning the 2002 Precious Lashley $10,000 fashion scholarship presented by N'DIGO publications and placing as a semifinalist for the 2000 Victor Skrebneski Fashion Scholarship. NoRal Apparel was also nominated for two Chicago Fashion and Beauty Awards in 2003. From May 2012 to the present, NoRal Apparel continues to headline as the featured fashion show for Blatino Oasis in Palm Springs, Calif.