Saskia & Ebony are the amazing talents behind Chkn Needle Soup, one of the labels that absolutely exploded as soon as they hit the floors at Fitzroy in 2020!
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELVES!
Our names are Saskia & Ebony and we aren't twins, but sisters four years apart!
We have always been creatives and our parents are DIY fanatics so once we got into op shopping - altering and up-cycling was almost a compulsion.
The brand almost started itself, we started making wool blanket outfits for ourselves and the requests came rolling in and we LOVED it. It is so melty to see someone love something as much as you loved creating it.
Also that passion for fashion - if we’re going to run around this earth with clothes on they might as well be stylin’ (and warm and an extension of our personality/mood)!
THE BEST PARTS?
Seeing my sister’s face every day. And warming the people’s mind, bodies and spirits.
THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES?
Not keeping every piece for ourselves!
Each one is unique and we know that there will never be another. The only thing that gets us through this grief is seeing how happy our chkns are in their adopted families.
And also sizing, the heartbreak when someone falls in love with a piece that’s not their size and we can’t replicate it! That haunts us!
The latest pieces we’ve been making have been quite scrambled because we are determined to use every last piece of fabric. We’re really loving letting our creative juices flow as we mix the perf colour combos. So we’re really loving the dizygotic (two-tone) turtles, especially because they’re reversible, two-in-one!
The scrambled corsetools have been a summer fave, we’re excited to see how they are layered and styled in the cooler months.
The hardest part is deciding which combo we like best - we always have too many ideas, most of the time we have to just flip a coin.
The future is jumpsuits! That’s what’s on the workbench at the moment.
We are also improving the inclusivity of our range now that we have moved from custom-made to ready-to-wear.
HOW DESIGN A SPACE HELPED YOU GROW?
"From helping with sales in stores and bringing in new customers, to the warm encouragement and support - Design A Space has been a brilliant platform for our growth.
By taking over the sales aspect in the professional and supportive way that they do, we have been able to focus on our pieces and grow both our production capacity and styles.
It's also super helpful to have insights from their team with the feedback driving how we can continue creating pieces that continue to sell.
They also cater for our quirky style and the unconventional way of re-stocking that goes along with it. Angels!"
Love Chkn Needle Soup? Shop them at Design A Space Fitzroy!