by Tomboy KC | Photography by Alyssa Greenberg
There aren’t many collections we would want in their entirety, but Nikki Chasin has managed to meet all of our sartorial needs for the season in one fell swoop. The perfect mix of feminine details and masculine silhouettes, her pieces are as stylish as they are wearable.
TKC: How did you get your start in the fashion industry?
NC: I grew up in Miami and attended Design and Architecture Senior High, which has a fashion program. From there I moved to New York to attend Parsons and majored in womenswear design.
TKC: Did you always know this was something you wanted to do?
NC: Pretty much! I learned that being a designer was a job when I was nine or ten, and decided it was what I wanted to do.
TKC: Tell us about your Fall collection. What was your inspiration?
NC: Fall was inspired by the Irish seaside, and the idea of being by the sea in the winter. I wanted to design practical pieces while capturing the feeling of never quite transitioning out of summer or resortwear.
TKC: I know with such a unique and beautiful Fall collection, it must be hard to choose a favorite piece (that robe, though…), but if you had to, which one would make the cut?
NC: I love the robe! But I’m really into the crochet ruffle top right now and I’ve been wearing mine constantly.
TKC: Our favorite thing about your line is the wearbility. It’s rare to find an entire collection that looks as comfortable as it is stylish. We wouldn’t kick any of these pieces out of our closet. Are all of your pieces things you would love to wear, or do you design with a certain type of woman in mind who is different from yourself?
NC: For the most part, I wear all of the pieces. There are a few things that just work better for other body types than mine, so there’s always a range and variety of styles and proportions.
TKC: Who have been your greatest supporters or mentors?
NC: My group of friends from Parsons is a huge support system. We all work in the industry, and I’m always asking them for feedback and advice since they work for companies that face similar challenges to mine.
TKC: What do you love about working out of New York and what do you miss about Miami?
NC: New York is a city for people who hustle- the factories I work with here have an incredible work ethic and will do whatever it takes to get things done on time. I love summer and I miss the weather in Miami, but the culture is a little too relaxed for me.
TKC: Where would we find you on a free day/night?
NC: Banana Skirt dance classes near the garment district!
TKC: What does your work “uniform” look like (i.e., what would we find you in if we popped in to your office)?
NC: At the moment there are lots of feminine ruffle tops and wide leg, cropped pants, with oversized coats thrown on top.
TKC: What’s your first fashion memory?
NC: A Barbie life jacket I used to wear when my family would go bowling. It had an embellished beach ball sewn on.
TKC: If you could only buy one item this Fall, what would it be?
NC: The Lozano Shawl Collar Coat in Olive is a must!
TKC: What is one item that is safe to buy on a budget?
NC: Fran Wilson Moodmatcher Lipstick.
TKC: One worth splurging on?
NC: A good steak!
TKC: Favorite beauty product?
NC: Biopel, a Spanish balm that is great for dry skin.
TKC: Coffee or tea?
TKC: What is one trend, look or style that you are confident will never make its way into a future collection?
TKC: If you could collaborate with one artist or designer, who would it be?
TKC: What can we expect to see from Nikki Chasin in the future?
NC: I plan on branching into more seasons, like Resort/Cruise, and adding categories like accessories and more knits.
TKC: What is the best advice you received about being a part of the fashion world that you would pass on to someone just now entering it?
NC: I worked retail throughout college and it was an invaluable experience as a designer to interact with customers and understand what they’re looking for and how they shop. I always tell students that they should try to work at a store that they admire.