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Posted on November 29, 2012 by Marco Maggetto

Nami is an old acquaintance. I think it was 1995 when I first met her in New York.  At the time, she was working in an uptown atelier. I didn’t know anything about fashion, but from the airport we went straight to her work place and that was amazing. I still remember there were a large amount of gowns  on the racks . Flamboyant, rich, truly American. They were heaven. I later discovered that it was “just”  Geoffrey  Beene’s  headquarters. Just. Curious how a 22 years old boy arrives in New York and the first place he sees is the atelier of one of the best American Designers.  Fresh from a BFA at the Rhode Island School of design, Nami was starting her career in those years.  Beene, J.Crew, Moschino in Milan and Puma in Germany,  she spent  almost  twelve years around the world  but her home was clearly New York, she was meant to stay there. I remember she was sewing in peace in her own Chelsea Apartment, a lovely place,  and uptown girls were coming and going because they wanted special dresses made from her. She was just different and still, after so many years, she  is. Her style? Clean, minimal, existential.  I remember things she did in the past that were Rick Owens much more before Rick Owens launched his collection. After her European adventure, Nami relocated to Brooklyn and started to produce her small collection made of few, incredible pieces.

Spring summer 2013 collection, called Tangent,  is composed  of a special shaped black zipped jacket called UR Jacket with copper zipper , a four pointed top called Isosceles top and a wrinkled silver skirt called Disco skirt. Plus a gently disproportionate  blue  shirt called Baby Snap to be paired with a marvelous skirt called Ziggurat. Simple as usual, made of pieces that like tangent  lines, they meet but never cross, the collection is nothing more than Nami 2013. Personal. In her hands there is the wisdom of a girl that worked many years in the industry, that knows its rules very well, and that decided she need it small and human. In a word, Nami Payackapan can design only for Nami . And for no one else.

Photographs by Boogie

The Disco skirt


Top from Tangent Spring Summer 2013

UR Jacket with copper zipper