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Studio special - Nikki Gabriel


Above - beige linen polyamide lace vest (worn sample); size S or M; $250

Above - assymetrical wool dress; size M; $250

Above - ivory silk/linen slip dress; size S; $200

Above - crochet short-sleeved cardigan w- recycled thread buttons; size S or M; $200

Above - raw silk deconstructed lace knit short-sleeved top; size XS or S; $250

Above - NEW SEASON cashmere/silk/wool lace cardigan; size S or M; $350

Above - linen lace kaftan (worn sample); one size; $200

Above - teal wool cardigan Construction No. 3 knitted sample; size S or M; $150

Above - bamboo hand knit diamond top (Construction Knitting sample); size S or M; $100

Above - wool diamond poncho; one size; $250

Above - brown wool chunky lace jumper; size S or M; $200

Above - red/orange/purple circles & squares wool scarf (Construction Knitting sample); $150


Nikki Gabriel is a knitter/designer extraordinaire. She is based in Napier, NZ, where she produces stunning seasonal collections; she is also currently undertaking a PhD in Melbourne. The latter brings Nikki back to our city periodically and, during her most recent visit, occasioned a special pop-up sale in our very own Abbotsford Convent studio. What an absolute pleasure. This blog post is a bit tardy because, in fact, the official pop-up began and ended last weekend - however, I've been able to retain a collection of pieces, including but not limited to those shown above. With these photographs, I've aimed to indicate the array of styles and yarns in Nikki's repertoire, as well as the rather enticing sale prices, which range from $100 to $400. These are all one-off pieces - samples created both for Nikki's current collection and for varied projects of the past (such as the brilliant Construction Knitting project, as well as collaborative work with Akira Isogawa). Nikki's work is just so beautiful and masterful - I'd really love you to see it, and it will only be in the studio for another few days. As usual, we are open on Saturday (Aug. 3) from 10am to 3pm. You are also welcomed to email me to arrange an appointment to see and try on the garments on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday - leah@millysleeping.com. If you are out of town/interstate, I can do my best to send more images and talk through sizing, also via email (or instagram: @milly_sleeping).


All garments by Nikki Gabriel; photographs by Leah Muddle.