Nick was a maker with a dream. Knowing he wanted to create a clothing line, he bartended, window washed and barista’ed his way to funding a start-up. Now he’s got a bona fide jeans and pants empire (seen, ahem, at New York Fashion Week) that is special because of its very hands-on approach. First, he imports the fabrics from Italy himself, directly from the mills. Then there’s the construction, which takes four hours and 40 steps for a single pair of pants. When it’s all said and done, over 50 pairs of hands touch each pair. See, he told you it was hands on.