The home-grown Jordanian brand Nafsika Skourti have been on a roll of successful accomplishments, with their apparel being recognised and worn by famous faces, landing tons of international press coverage, being finalists of Fashion Trust Arabia and having their signature custom cotton jacquard jacket acquired by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum into their permanent Middle East collection! As reported by Harpers Bazaar Arabia, “It’s really no surprise that her pieces would be found in a museum, since her eye-catching work provides an intersection between fashion design and art. She has an avant-garde aesthetic, which perennially pushes the boundaries of traditional tailoring. She uses Western silhouettes like denim jackets, whilst channelling Amman’s ‘90s-style, high-octane glitz and glamour, married with a chic brand of minimalism.”
In their latest feat, the brand has catapulted their capsule collection to Knightsbridge’s luxury department store Harvey Nichols. Be sure to find them at the Maison Pyramide pop up on the 4th floor of Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge location, running till the 14th of July! Snag one of their signature sexy glam pieces such as the Regina Top and the iconic Naughty Trousers, or treat yourself to their bestselling evening wear separates. NS is also available across the Middle East in luxury department stores in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Lebanon.
In case you haven’t been filled in on the brand’s background and the designers behind it, NS is a directional, upper contemporary brand embracing both glamour and anti-glamour. Using their clothes to tell a bigger story, “weaving personal narratives with social observations and subtle political commentaries. Humour, a nineties approach to sexy, and hints of ironic bad taste are the pillars that hold the brand together.” Always striving to translate their creative impulses into desirable closet friendly pieces that are cool, culturally relevant and beautifully crafted.
Nafsika Skourti herself is half Greek, half Jordanian and ‘half internet’. Having graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2012 and trained in haute couture embroidery and passementerie at Ecole Lesage in Paris. In September 2014 she launched in Paris with ‘9 to 5’, an extension and elaboration of her graduate collection. This isn’t a one-man show – fate was kind enough to give her a sister that completes the team. Stephanie Skourti worked at Goldman Sachs for 5 years and is the ying to Nafsika’s yang. Together they hope to build something modern, cool and fresh. They are based in Amman, Jordan.
This is so huge for the fashion industry and arts scene in Amman, a very proud moment!