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When Nikki Chasin was growing up in Florida, her personal style didn’t exactly fit in. “I went to a really preppy middle school, and I hated it—everyone called me artsy,” she recalls. “But then I went to an arts high school, and everyone called me preppy.” As she got a little older, her look got a lot more cred: Her much-gushed-about Parsons thesis collection was inspired by both of her grandmothers and, after a stint at both big and small fashion companies, led her to launch her own line.
Nikki makes all of her pieces—floral bomber jackets, sequin-edged pants, lip-print sweatshirts—out of her West Village apartment and envisions her line as a “year-round resort kind of thing.” (Maybe that has something to do with her Sunshine State roots?) And while she—naturally—adores the style statements of the elderly around the city, she has a-ha! fashion moments all over town—taking inspiration from “the way one of the cutters in a factory has tied his work belt, how someone attaches a skateboard to a backpack, how people wear something you wouldn’t think of.” She’s not just a dreamer, though. As she puts it, “You can design things that are beautiful, but you also have to eat.” —carly pifer
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