Get To Know New York-Based Designer Nikki Chasin

    Designer dispatch

    by lisa mischianti · July 15, 2016

    Photo via Nikki Chasin.

    The following feature appears in the June/July 2016 issue of NYLON.

    Launched in 2014, the sportswear collection of Miami-born, New York-based Parsons grad Nikki Chasin offers up resortwear-inspired pieces injected with strong color and playful textiles. Smart and elegant, yet easy and unfussy, the clothing is reminiscent of her hometown’s classic vibes within the context of a sleek and modern wardrobe. Here, get to know Chasin and her work.

    Astrological sign: Sagittarius, Virgo rising, Taurus moon!

    Design philosophy: It comes from my upbringing in Miami and my love of classic sportswear—there’s a resort undertone in every collection, regardless of season.

    Muse: Teens on Tumblr, grandmas IRL

    Materials of choice: Embroidered silks, yarn-dyed cotton stripes, custom jacquards

    Sartorial scenario: A cruise to Cuba for my grandmother’s birthday

    Musical metaphor: The  Spice World soundtrack

    Fun fact: Some of my best-selling pieces, like the Chase Classic Fete Skirt and Captain Reversible Bomber Jacket, were designed for my Parsons thesis collection.

    Inspiration for spring ‘16: Renata Adler’s Speedboat, the muse for this season, expresses “a comic or wry apprehension of life’s absurdities.”

    Personal wardrobe staple: Sparkly turtlenecks, Pumas, oversize trousers

    Dream travel destination: Morocco

    Favorite spot in NYC: New York Food Court in Flushing

    Last novel you loved: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

    Favorite film of all time: A Little Princess

    Daily soundtrack: Drake, No Doubt

    Drink order: Coca-Cola

    Standby snack: Sunflower seeds

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