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Description: These were shiny polyester button down shirts with really gaudy designs ,mostly faces and scenery. Worn by mostly men these shirts were the epitome of cool in the late 70's (disco era).
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MM - June 11, 2007 - Report this comment
I remember these. They also had clouds on them, that was a popular design.
Susie from KY - December 04, 2007 - Report this comment
What great memories these shirts bring back. In the early 70's my late husband was in a rock band, he had several. I also had a few to match his, but more that didn't. I think at one time I had over fifteen of these lovely shirts. I even had two Nik Nik tshirts, which must be extremely rare, since I have never seen even one online. These tshirts were also made from a silky stretch material which fit tight. Now, I am down to nine shirts and two thirts. Some day soon I may offer my collection for auction. Since I may never fit into these small shirts again, may as well forward them to someone who can wear them as well as enjoy them. What a hoot to know they are still so popular, who knew?
parso29 - July 18, 2008 - Report this comment
Nik Nik shirst, WOW I still have them, sorry to say that they do not fit anymore. I was thinking of giving to a kid in the area that is until I saw the price they are getting now........Chess King jeans, the ones with the design down the side, and Nik Nik short, oh yes the CK were bell bottoms...and I still wear the bells now, just not the same size.........LOL
S.Tudio 54 - August 07, 2008 - Report this comment
The wonderful polyester tight-fitting Nik Nik shirts were not "button down", as stated in the description. The writer must be thinking of the ill-fitting Brooks Brothers disco shirts.
bill maloney - September 26, 2008 - Report this comment
i remember they came in plain colored pastel and print,their motto was "you will never see yourself coming and going in a nik nik"i wasnt a disco fan,but i would wear my nik nik to work with baggy khaki's and puma sneakers,i am now too fat to fit in a nik nik,but i wished i held onto them,sell them online.they were $60 back then
Andrea - December 07, 2008 - Report this comment
For some reason I suddenly remembered "Nik Nik" shirts, so I did a google search. I used to work for The Rebel Shop and we sold tons of Nik Nik's...and leisure suits! I had to have one, so I splurged and got a pink one with the profile of a woman with black hair. WHY did I give that away??? I could still wear it today, as I'm only 5 pounds heavier than I was in 1975. I'd love to find one. What a crack up. I LOVED my Nik Nik. BTW, I worked for Chess King in 1976. I disagree with ST54, as proof, you can see pictures of them on line.
Mark D. Smith - December 29, 2008 - Report this comment
I have been trying to find a particular Nik Nik shirt for a long time now. The shirt was a kind of royal blue and it had feathers-like on the shoulders in red, yellow, green, orange, purple etc. Anyone know of such a shirt? Thanks.
Kekky - January 06, 2009 - Report this comment
How about the one with the hands pulling the curtains aside with the 3 dancing ladies on back??
Conan - January 29, 2009 - Report this comment
Mark i just got one of those designs you are talking about, bought on Ebay. But in brown, so sweet! Im looking at Nik Nik's often, so expensive but so super fresh! I love disco shirts, and Nik Nik is by far the best brand.
Jerry S - January 29, 2009 - Report this comment
Hey Nik_Nik disco shirts are the bomb. Augie and Roland shirts had nice designs too I wore them back in the disco days, good times! Just bought the rooster one someone was mentioning above. Got it at mens vintage clothing. I also bought a pair of bell bottoms that still had the 70s tags on them. Now I can relieve my disco days in real style!!! Nik-Nik shirts by far had the coolest designs. I don't do ebay because i got burned there too many times good luck to those that like it
Pedro - September 15, 2009 - Report this comment
Nik-Nik shirt fabric was...nylon,similar to the "quiana nylon" on Bon Homme Shirts...the shirt designer was Gianfranco Ruffini...I"m a shirt producer from that you remenber also; Milea/Sinclair,Rio Rita,Viola Chip,Bouncing Berthas Banana Blanket,etc.
Joan - September 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I used to work in the showroom for Nik-Nik in the early 70s and every single design literally flew out of there. We had collectors all over the US who wanted one of every shirt - it was a hoot. I had dozens myself as that was all we could wear to work every day - we even had pants to match!.
John Y - October 26, 2009 - Report this comment
I was a disco demon back in the day. I was a budding designer and I loved the Nik Nik line. I managed to find some fabric prints similar to the Nik Nik look and made a few of my own shirts. Don't let anyone fool you, Nik Niks and the better shirts were made from NYLON not polyester. Nylon was much nicer to wear for dancing and sweating, poly just feels clammy. Long live disco and Nik Nik shirts.
Ben - December 01, 2009 - Report this comment
in response to pedro the shirt designer above-I'm actually looking for shirts from Bouncing Bertha's Banana Blanket, Viola Chip, Rio Rita, The flim Flam Man, Gentleman John, Jizz, J.J. Flash etc.Which Company did you work for? you can leave a message for me here or contact me direct at
johnny k - February 10, 2010 - Report this comment
during the disco days in chicago nik nik was the look at faces ,p.s.chicago,and 123 and evergreen.those days were a blast.
Norm - April 10, 2010 - Report this comment
I worked for a place called The Pant Pit which was a men's boutique within Ben Simon's in Lincoln and Omaha, NE. They were made of NYLON...not polyster...and they didn't breath worth a sweated like a pig in them on the dance floor. But I don't know any better designed layout....One of my favorites was the white with the Great Waldo Pepper bi plane on it. They were just great!
nancyB - July 06, 2010 - Report this comment
what other shirt was as popular as the Nik Nik...we can not recall but there was another one???
Gayle - July 18, 2010 - Report this comment
I dated a baseball player who brought back a NIk Nik from a roadtrip. I thought it was the coolest piece of clothing I had ever seen and begged the company to do womens shirts and they did. I owned several different ones and loved them, the fit, the feel of the fabric and the idea that at that time you could not buy them locally. Wish they would bring them back.
Linda Beebe - August 14, 2010 - Report this comment
My sister had a beautiful Nik Nik in a beautiful sky blue color. On the front in an arc over the left breast was written "good morning" in gold. The design on the back was a breakfast tray with fried eggs, coffee,etc. It was a wonderful blouse!!
Annie - September 16, 2010 - Report this comment
I just found the Marily/Elizabeth Taylor a la Warhol Nik Nik and am so jazzed. Can't wait to wrap up in that beauty, but I may have to fight my husband for it. Kicking myself as I debated too long on a geisha Nik Nik in mint cond. and cheap.
Rob - October 24, 2010 - Report this comment
I have found 3 Nik Nik on line. Let bring them back.
AL - November 12, 2010 - Report this comment
Bebu - December 29, 2010 - Report this comment
Caps Lock is cruise control for cool.
watts - February 08, 2011 - Report this comment
Yeah, I remember those days as a teen in Bklyn NY. I had a few, but I really liked the one with the astronaut on the back. Augie's were real popular then also. We were real G's with trench Cortefiels, puma's, Straw panamas and the Wrangler and Lee jeans with the flare. Not too many of y'all know about those things unless you grew up in NYC back in the day. we were CLEAN! and we had class, not like these dirty thugs today who look like they just rolled out of a dirt bag. LOL
Beau - February 15, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember the disco days wearing them to the clubs and school. The buttons and somewhere in the print said NIK NIK.I'd buy one every week with my after school job pay. OMG Bally shoes, trench coat, Dior glasses, thin gold chain and a NIK NIK sealed the deal lol.
Rebecca - February 17, 2011 - Report this comment
Just started working at a place where I needed to wear a black scarf or tie. An old friend wore scarfs all the time and gave a bag to me before she passed away. As luck would have it, I found a black square scarf in the bag with the Nik-Nik logo around the edges. I love fashion and was tickled to see that I'm wearing something "Groovy" from the 70's! Now I'm excited to wear it with my uniform!!
Mark L - April 26, 2011 - Report this comment
I held onto a Nik Nik shirt that has the front of an older model car and on the back is the rear of the car. The license plate has NIK NIK 1976 as its #. The shirt has a bright copper field and the car is maybe a steel blue. It doesn't fit me anymore. It was my fave.
Big JIm - May 10, 2011 - Report this comment
i fell in love w/the design. they were beautiful and caught the eye of everyone. classy look! i had about ten and lost them in a divorce of all things!
Craig - May 21, 2011 - Report this comment
I'm in love with them. I found one with a few clouds on the frot and I think a DC3 airplane on the back. Of course it was sold. Any help/info where to find one?
R Kennedy - September 09, 2011 - Report this comment
These were mostly nylon in the early seventies and made in "Limited Editions" meaning they were produced to advanced orders only for that season and the designs were not repeated. I have one of the first Nik Nik shirts made-a cotton knit with a Deco style eagle print Unfortunately I need to sell it on ebay.
Anne - November 14, 2011 - Report this comment
OMG! Had a random dream last night and I was wearing one of my favorite Nik Nik blouses from days gone by. Gave them to good will years ago but, want them!! Any chance they'll be made again? Any like them available today?
MaryMary - December 11, 2011 - Report this comment
Saturday Night Fever is on and I had a serious flashback to HS. My best friend had EVERY girl Nik Nik out! She was the only girl and the youngest and her parents were the original Claire & Cliff Huxtables lol! I went to work at a mens clothing store after graduating in 78' and everything John Travolta has on in this movie was the prototype for what the store sold. The little cheap leather jackets. The Roland and Nik Nik shirts. The leather pointy toe shoes that matched the jacket and those pastel coloured poly seamless slight bell'd slacks. So fun!
BamaBeachBum - May 18, 2012 - Report this comment
I was a club DJ in 1977-1980, and worked in a store called Merry-Go-Round. I still have 2 NIK NIK shirts I kept from back then, (they still fit!) One is the "thunderbird" with feathers on shoulders, and the other is a black one, solid on one side with a face, and stripes on other side~! I also still have 2 Rolands, and 1 Don Manuel! Sooo glad I didn't let my ex sell em at the yard sale in 1985~~
Mark W. - August 10, 2012 - Report this comment
I was in 10th grade in 1974 and I was the only one wearing Nik-Nik shirts in my school. I worked at the mall in sprgfd.VA at a place called the merry go round as a retail clothes salesman. I loved those shirts because they were so cool. I can't tell you how many ckicks and comments I used to get, because of those shirts. Why can't someone come up with something as cool, really?
Carol J. S. - November 04, 2012 - Report this comment
i lived on the upper east side of NYC in 1975-1976. My friends and I frequented Adams Apple (1st ave and 60th) Maxwell's Plum, Mr. Laffs, Yesterday's (GREAT small disco)77th and 2nd)and sometimes up to 86th to go to Wednesday's, and if we could get in the Blue parrot. I owned at least 4 Nik-Nik shirts, a roomate worked in the garment dist, and we bought them for $30, now in 1975 I made $155 a week, before taxes. I loved the ice blue with the ice cream cone, I had a burgundy one with horse racing, a cream with Icart type graphic of woman walking Irish wolfhound, a few I cant remember now, I dont know what happened to them! They are going for $100-250 Yikes!
Judy Mc - November 10, 2012 - Report this comment
Visiting from Australia. And New Yorkers weren't the only ones wearing Nik Niks in the 70s which is why I recognised the beautiful sleeve on a shirt in the bargain bin in the Good Will I wandered into. It is only tiny which is why I think it found its way there. Thank you America. The very best souvenir anyone could take home. sometimes you just get lucky.
Mr Nik Nik - January 06, 2013 - Report this comment
That was my father making those.
Bobby T - January 18, 2013 - Report this comment
I had several shirts and always matched them with a pair of pants in whatever the least color tone was in the shirt. Nik Nik were $32 a pop when I started wearing them in '75 and the pants I wore usually ran about $25. So according to my friends, I was RICH! Well today I shop at stores like Saks, Nordstroms, Neimans, and sometimes Bergdoff. I am not RICH, but still like nice clothing. The 70s will always be my best memories cause life was so much more inviting.
Aileen - June 07, 2013 - Report this comment
Nik Nik blouses and short tops were great. You could not wear them out. To leave your Nik Niks you just had to die. Ah, those were the days. Aileen
rhys - June 16, 2013 - Report this comment
Great shirts(NIk-Nik)does anyone no for sure what the fabric was? and how did they print on the fabric ? very nice indeed. They are amazing patterns and colours.
John Paul - July 06, 2013 - Report this comment
the material was enkalure nylon, I used to manage a Merry Go Round Boutique back in the day
Gino's - July 10, 2013 - Report this comment
The line of Nik Nik was amazing .We were from Youngstown Ohio and wore Nik Nik shirts like James Dean on the shirt,the Colors on these shirts were amazing,I had and still have about 15 Nik niks and a bunch of Roland.We took our graduation pictures in Nik Nik ,bring back those incredible shirts!!
EDL - November 08, 2013 - Report this comment
I used to play in 8 to 10 iece disco Funk bands in the mid 70's..I was the drummer..we played 6 to 7 nites a week back then..and Nik Nik was the shirt of choice..I remember 1 night..mine was starting to fade..and the trumpet player gotta hand wash machine was right.. Later in the 80's..I met the son of the owner of the Nik Nik company..we became friends..he said Nik Nik fell on hard times..and went out of business..after the disco era.. Those were the days..Nik nik designs..sure brings back nice memories..of a bygone world..and time..
Auerswald - February 18, 2014 - Report this comment
As a young man in high school Nik Nik was mandatory if you wanted to be cool in the 70's.My older cousins wore them and I wanted to be like them!
Gene - September 10, 2014 - Report this comment
We have been cleaning out a ski house we have sold and I came upon a bag containing 18 70's disco shirts, including 4 Nik Niks in very good condition, size XL. I am going to list them on Etsy. Some Nik Nik shirts are listed there for over $200.00!
Ernie Guai - December 24, 2014 - Report this comment
I wore a dark green Nik Nik shirt in 1973 at Marist H.S. In Bayonne N.J. It had the hands around an eye. The baddest shirt I've ever owned. So cool that there is a picture in the yearbook.
Sandy Fleming - February 01, 2015 - Report this comment
I had probably 5 or 6 of the Nik Nik shirts in the 70's, my favorite being the dark blue one with the colorful feathers around the shoulders. Sadly, someone stole all these shirts from me. They were the coolest shirts ever and sure wish I had them now.
Vinnie Lopez - March 31, 2015 - Report this comment
white with orange oragami swans..a chick magnet at Starwood in Hollywood 1976
Sid Schmidt - May 25, 2015 - Report this comment
I have a few dozen of the Nik Nik shirts. Mostly ladies , knowing how cool they were then and the interest in them now . I will take some pics and share if you email me These look to be for small ladies but in great cond.
David C. Botle - July 07, 2015 - Report this comment
There was a store in St.petersburg called Mr.Man thats were we bought are NIK NIKs I even bought a shirt called a Barry White shirt I wish I still had it today I think I had 12 Nik NIks my favorite was a gold color with black pin stripes down the side.
WILLIAM - July 19, 2015 - Report this comment
Gene Sidore - August 20, 2015 - Report this comment
I am shipping a "Spaceman" pattern Nik-Nik shirt to a buyer in Japan. Under the Nik-Nik label is a label which says, "100% POLYESTER" "Printed in Italy".
Lucy - January 27, 2016 - Report this comment
I am searching for what i believe is a nik nik shirt its green and white with an art deco woman tennis player on . Where can I find this, any ideas? Thank you.
Eric - April 03, 2016 - Report this comment
My father was the production manager for Nik-Nik in the mid-'70s. Their office was on E. 34th St. in New York and celebs like Paul Newman used to come up all the time to place their custom order. Unfortunately, the Nik-Nik fad ended pretty quickly.
Beau - October 26, 2016 - Report this comment
I was watching a 3 dog night oldie on u-tube and noticed that Cory, Danny and Chuck were ALL wearing Nic-Nic disco shirts from my Disco dayze. I adored these as they were quite expensive in the day $65-70 a The chicks loved these tight fitting pieces of art...and the dudes that wore them proudly.Funny how it just comes back to you....elephant bells, platform shoes, and nic-nic shirts. Wow.....far out. What were y'alls memories of this fine product? Tell it all here....Curious to hear a few
Robert Wyatt - January 22, 2017 - Report this comment
My friend just sent a photo of me in a orange Nic Nic....Looking Good
Judy Marcil - March 04, 2017 - Report this comment
My dad George Marcil was Vice President of Manufacturing for NIK NIK. I was lucky to be the sample size and got all the ladies samples.I was the best dressed girl in junior high and the envy of my friends. Even went to the company summer party, The NIK NIK picnic. Wonder if the owner Mr. Boonshaft is still around?
Robert T. Nash - December 10, 2018 - Report this comment
In my opinion Nik Nik shirts only belonged on pimps and musicians...And Barry Boonshaft is STILL around:
Carolyn Spence - September 24, 2020 - Report this comment
My college sweetheart was a very stylish dresser and of course he became my stylist. He introdued me to Nik Nik shirts and I loved them. Most of the time I wore the smallest men's size when the women's shirts weren't available because I was really thin back then. There was also a brand called Roland, very similar. Do you remember those? Now I wish a man would tell me what to wear. I'd have a few words for him. Wonder what Butchie is doing these days?
Lil Sponaas - February 12, 2022 - Report this comment
My ex husband had a "head shop" in Yonkers, N.Y. in the late 60s/early 70s. He carried NikNik shirts and between the 2 of us we had LOTS of them for ourselves! Wish I had kept some of them!

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