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NICHOLAS K: NICHOLAS KUNZ STUDIO VISIT

Nicholas K has become the last word in downtown New Yorker chic.  Ahead of their New York Fashion Week show on Thursday, we visited the Nicholas K studio to speak to Nicholas Kunz, who runs the effortlessly cool label with her brother, Christopher.
Nicholas Kunz at Nicholas K Studio (Image: Hatnim Lee)

The Arizona-born siblings founded Nicholas K in 2003. They just moved into their new office which has a view of the new world trade centre which is going up. Plus, they’ve got an adorable dog who comes to the shows and does the catwalk bow with them. Nicholas tells us more.

If you weren’t a fashion designer now, what would you be doing? Photojournalist.

Who are your favourite fashion designers? Haider Ackermann.  He has a strong point of view and I would wear most everything in his collection.

What’s it like having a sibling as a business and creative partner? It’s like going home for the holidays everyday… Intense at times, but comforting.

What’s your favourite trend of 2013? Sneaker wedges, they seem to be making a lasting impression.

How do other people describe your work? “Urban nomad”. I would say that’s close. We strive to create a balance between nature and city life.

Where do you shop? Vintage or antique stores, eBay, and Etsy.

What would your advice be to someone who needs a makeover? Choose comfort over vanity, find colors that compliment your skin tone, and don’t get wrapped up in trends. Your wardrobe should be timeless.

Do you have any fashion rules? Don’t be confined by rules, but wear clothes that fit.

How do you pick the music for your runway shows? Lots of research.  It’s important that you find music that compliments your inspiration for the season. Our Fall 2013 collection is inspired by Arctic exploration, so we’re researching haunting, chilling, dark sounds that evokes the feeling of icy landscapes.

Nicholas K studio (Image: Hatnim Lee)

Nicholas K studio (Image: Hatnim Lee)

Nicholas K studio (Image: Hatnim Lee)

Nicholas K studio (Image: Hatnim Lee)

Nicholas K studio (Image: Hatnim Lee)

 

Nicholas K studio (Image: Hatnim Lee)

Nicholas K studio visit (Image: Hatnim Lee)

Nicholas K studio visit (Image: Hatnim Lee)

Words and images: Hatnim Lee

 

NICHOLAS K: NICHOLAS KUNZ STUDIO VISIT

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