More than it’s true meaning of “disgusting” in Italian, Skif, short for schifo, makes exceptionally constructed sweaters that classify one as “chic” or “en vogue” when donned. Skif’s unique, free-form, and whimsical sweaters have easily become a favorite among boutiques across the nation.
Nina Ganci, owner of Skif, knitwear designs embody the “Sweaters knitted in freedom concept.” Ganci employs a brood of knitters from the St. Louis, MO and Edison, NJ area to help design and knit. Her team is more like a family, and she allows her knitters to have creative freedom.
Skif, located at 2008 Marconi Ave, St Louis, MO, 63110, exudes the aesthetic of its designs. The walls are splashed with interesting art and the sales floor is open and free with simple racks to display the clothing. Customers are encouraged to visit the studio to see what’s in the works, buy ready-made designs, or to place orders. Although sweaters are Skif’s specialty, they also make wonderfully constructed accessories like hats, scarves and leg/arm/hand warmers.
The inspiration for each season’s designs is usually sponged from other cultures. For the Spring and Fall 2011 collections, Ganci’s design ideas are taken from the A Tribe of Artists: Costumes and Culture at Burning Man Exhibit in Arizona as well as the Indonesian culture.
Skif definitely represents their vision, “A world free of itself.”
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