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SKIF has been a staple of the 'made in St. Louis' movement since its launch in 1994 by designer Nina Ganci, whose vision and early investment in fashion in STL created a thriving, collaborative design studio that specializes in knitwear. The space serves several purposes. It's a home base of design operations and manufacturing for the internationally successful knitwear line that is sold in well over 300 boutiques. SKIF
also act as an incubator for emerging St. Louis designers such as Michael Drummond and Q Liu. True fans can snag the latest and greatest by SKIF and friends just feet from where the garments are made.
The collection consists of easy and creative pieces that showcase the artisanal spirit that is SKIF. The garments are free-spirited in style and in their nature—un-sized, undone. "Every Body Is A Sweater Designer" once you wear it, it becomes your own style.
Inside, the spirit is creative. The vibe: good- very good for the many local artisans who head there every day to craft the thousands of pieces a month that make their way into the closets of some of the most fashionable (New York Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis is a customer).
The buzz of knitting machines marks the territory. Original artwork—much by notable 'Friends of SKIF.' including honorary resident artist DJ Kennedy—creates a colorful and electric backdrop. And racks upon racks of merchandise—from wide-leg trousers to patched jackets and knitwear of all types—fill the space.
For the creatives who work out of the space, the vibes are more then just good—they're inspiring.