Nikki Chasin brushing the hair from her face standing in front of a rack of her clothing designs
Photo via Nikki Chasin.


Get To Know New York-Based Designer Nikki Chasin

Designer dispatch

by lisa mischianti

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