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Australian designer Nina Maya Skrzynski talks of timeless style and her fashion journey.


Describe your style or collection

Nina Maya is for the effortlessly chic woman who appreciates luxurious wearable pieces

How and why you entered fashion Industry-


After completing a design degree majoring in textiles at COFA I went overseas to complete some internships a textile designer. It was there that I was offered the opportunity to work with a high end fashion house in Italy. I was then invited to deisgn my own range for them which was immediately picked up by the Department store David Jones in Australia. Major boutiques across the country were quick to follow.
Who has influenced you most in your life –
My mother and grandmother. They both had great personal flair and style and took much enjoyment out of dressing up for an occasion. Especially my grandmother who was known never to leave the house with our matching hat, gloves, galsses handbag and shoes!
1.Why is it so rewarding to be a leading Fashion Designer?
I think in Australia we are very lucky with the opportunities that present themselves and the possibility of following your dreams, as in my case in fashion. I also think it is nice to have some distance from the rest of the world to allow the formation of original ideas and works, without international influence.
2.Where do you get your inspirations from?

I find my inspiration from all things in life. I travel several times a year and get amazing ideas and concepts from around the world. My favourite place at the moment is Tokyo. I could spend weeks exploring that place. There are so many incredible art gallerys, boutiques and even the architecture. Also, the natural environment is so inspirational.
3.What has been your greatest achievement?

Building a business from scratch at young age of 22 and having the opportunity to see it flourish and grow.
4.What has been your greatest challenge and how did you overcome it?
Where do I begin! Working in this industry is full of daily challenges. If you do take it on, you have learn to take it in your stride and continue to learn. Only then can it become very satisfying.
Yoga and eating well also help me be my best and take on any challenges as they hit!
5. Whose style do you most admire?
I really admire Consuela Castiglion head designer of Marni. She has such a clear design aesthetic that is so refreshing and original in her use of color and shapes.
I especially love her gorgeous mixed resin neckpieces
6.What changes in your business, if any, have you made to adapt to the current economic climate?
I think we were on the zeitgeist when we introduced a diffusion line and an essential line into our product offering just before the GFC hit.
This really broadened our product offering and it meant that our clients had a few different price points to choose from to suit their individual budgets.
7.Divulge the fashion piece that you couldn't live without?
The Ivory “Yoko” blazer from our latest autumn winter collection, “Paper Cranes “ its classic well tailored and completes any winter look
8.What is your worst fashion faux pas?

Indulging in a pair of sky high pair of YSL’s straight off the catwalk that the model struggled to walk in. It was hard dancing at a friends wedding.
9.Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I would love to see the brand flourish and continue to grow. I hope to be able to open a flagship store to showcase our full product offering.

10. What advice can you offer to emerging fashion designers?

It is important to have strong knowledge of small business or at least a few mentors around you that can aid and advise you. The fun part of designing only takes up as small part of your time and you have to love all the other aspects of running a label also to be fully satisfied

11.Nina’s Fashion‘HOT TIP’ –
Don’t be scared to experiment with prints and colors. Mix and match as your mood pleases and most importantly have fun!

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