The first time we met Nikki Chasin was at a tradeshow in New York City. Her collection’s bold prints, structured sheen and offbeat textures, stopped us in our tracks and we had to know more. Nikki was born in Miami, graduated from Parsons School of Design in 2012 and, rather than following in her classmate’s footsteps into the studios of already established labels, she forged her own path and started her own. The success of her graduate collection spurred her on to create her own namesake label combining classic sportswear, playful textiles and thoughtful details. Just over a year in and she made it into the Racked Young Guns Class of 2014 — a major coup for rising design stars. The best thing about story is that she also happens to be a pretty rad human.
Whether it’s a wall, a wrist or an outfit, designs by Cold Picnic are always a good idea.
Cold Picnic is the wonderful outcome of experiments by partners Pheobe Sung and Peter Buer. What first started out as a fun way to unwind after work, the project quickly turned into an awesome collection of rugs, bags, jewelry, wall hangings, watches and more. Both Phoebe and Peter have foundations in fine arts and backgrounds in corporate fashion, but their own line was originally inspired by books picked up in small town library sales while road tripping/moving from Boston to New York. Fun fact: they make cakes for their dog Phillip. They’ve just joined the party here at Garmentory so we asked and they answered. Read on for all the reasons you’re going to love these two.
All photos found via Elisa Strozyk
All photos found via Mae Engelgeer