The head-turning knitwear creations of Nassos Ntotsikas are rapidly earning the attention of an elite, fashion-forward clientele. While widely admired for his pioneering fashion shows, Nassos also stays true to his Chios roots, discovers Insider’s fashion editor Michail-Alexander Passos.
Your catwalks are renowned. Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Kissing all the models for good luck right before the show is about to start!
What is the most memorable moment from your runway shows?
Probably when I was awarded the Best Trendsetter Award during the Athens Fashion Week in 2012. Though I have to say that I really enjoy the backstage excitement at every runway show, despite the fatigue and the anxiety.
Living and working in Greece, how has this inspired your collections?
Greece is so much more than its tradition, its history, the islands and the sun. Greece has mostly to do with its people who are passionate, intense, creative and hardworking. And it is its people who inspire me every day. Additionally, I feel that my origins have provided me with a great sense of symmetry and structure, which both leave their mark on my work.
Everything you do is produced here. Are buyers sensitive to this?
Initially buyers were skeptical, but eventually the product itself proved that Made In Greece can be synonymous to high quality.
What are the three pieces every woman should have in her wardrobe?
Every woman knows that she must have a LBD, but it’s equally important to invest in one very special dress too. A tailored blazer is classic, feminine and looks great on all body types. Moreover, a knit cardigan is perfect for days when you’re feeling bloated but still want to look put-together!
Your Insider’s tips for Chios island?
Chios is blessed with incredible landscapes, amazing beaches, history and culture. Among my top choices are the medieval villages and the Mastiha region in the south, flora and fauna, paths and isolated spots well-hidden across the island. Mesta village, Pyrgi village, Nea Moni – a UNESCO World Heritage Monastery, Mavra Volia beach and Kronos ice-cream! And one should not leave the island prior to tasting the local cuisine at Mavrokordatiko restaurant!