Monday, May 28, 2007

Top of the Model

One of Australia’s newest sensational young designers, Nina Maya Skrzynski, launched her Nina Maya label in March 2006. It was a dream career start for a young designer – a high-end Italian fashion house offered to produce her first range which was in turn picked up by David Jones.

For Nina, fashion was always on her agenda.

She completed a design degree, majoring in textiles, at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney and then worked for a number of companies including Sheridan, Greenpeace and Mambo, designing sheets, T-Shirts and women’s wear respectively.

Heading overseas, Nina took on an internship with a textile firm in London, and then moved to Italy, where she lived as a child, to work for a high-end fashion house. Left to fend for herself, Nina started to design her own range. Her big break came when the owner of the company in Italy approached Nina about producing her range. This saw her sell the first season to David Jones which sparked a huge response from boutiques around Australia including Directions, Husk, Camargue and Francesca. The whole range sold out across Australia in a month.

After her debut season, Nina decided to sever the link with the Italians and set up her own company in Australia, also bringing production back home.