Zimmermann began literally and creatively in Sydney, with Nicky Zimmermann creating dresses and selling them at Paddington markets. In the day, Nicky studied design at East Sydney and at night she designed and created from her parent's garage in preparation for the weekend markets.
In 1991, sister Simone joined Nicky to create Zimmermann.
Early in its evolution, Nicky and Simone took the step of fusing fashion with swimwear and presented it to the world. What was created was a new reference point for fashion focused swim that has continued to evolve over two decades. Zimmermann is a quintessentially Australian fashion story.