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Stepping out in style: ECCO

Whether you’re arriving at a party at dusk or strolling along a sun-bleached esplanade, metallic leather is about making a style statement.




The Women’s ECCO Touch Flatform is crafted from metallic Ecco Vibrio leather, with double foil finish – designed to shimmer and sparkle as it catches the light. The metallic finish, achieved through an innovative layering process, can be applied to a selection of base colours. Combining silvery blue hues with golden yellows, Ecco Vibrio’s two-tone effect adds depth and softness, bringing a subtle, sophisticated edge to any silhouette. As well as adding glint and glamour, Ecco Vibrio is velvety to the touch – with the leather specially milled to improve your shoe’s softness and comfort.



Ecco Vibrio is one of the latest premium raw materials to have been developed by the team of researchers and pioneers at Ecco Leather’s base in Dongen, near Amsterdam — resolving an ongoing issue with metallic leathers that fade with time. Instead, Ecco Vibrio Leather uses its multi- layered tonality to deflect age and maintain its radiance. The Ecco Touch Flatform features ripple sole construction. The leather-covered inlay sole with Ecco Comfort Fibre System™ technology cushions the foot and helps it to breathe. The stunning shoe also comes in white – the Christchurch store’s best-selling shoe.

With a strong focus on simplicity, function, and environmentally friendly practices, Ecco constantly strives to make the most comfortable and versatile footwear.


Visit the store on 195 Papanui Rd, or shop online



Toes out! Merrell

There’s no need to choose between style and comfort when setting off on an adventure; Merrell offers both.




The company has recently launched its latest collection of summer footwear, featuring the latest technology. Whether you’re taking the dog for a walk, going to the beach or walking the Great Wall of China, this season’s collection covers all bases, with a huge variety to choose from across both men’s and women’s.

Merrell stocks the favourite classics and a large selection of apparel, bags and socks. Another world-leading outdoor brand Patagonia is also available in store, including the latest in P6 logo tees, caps and clothing. Merrell (as a brand) started with one man making hiking boots. After more than 30 years, the company is now one of the largest brands of outdoor gear in the world.

Inspiring people to get outdoors while caring for the environment along the way are some of the company’s greatest core values, so it’s no surprise that it sponsors many outdoor programmes worldwide. It believes your time should be spent enjoying your surroundings, not worrying about how your gear will perform.


Merrell’s flagship store is located at Westfield Riccarton. Phone 03 343 6736 or visit for more information.


Corso Merivale

A Yule So Cool: Corso Merivale

It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to Christmas, and with loved ones coming to visit, you want your home to look as welcoming and beautiful as possible.


Corso Merivale


If your Christmas décor requirements are for tasteful, stylish and unique pieces, then boutique homeware and lifestyle store Corso Merivale is for you. Owner Jackie Kirwan-Green says customers often remark that they wish they’d visited her store before going elsewhere.  “Because everything here – from our Christmas décor, to our collections of ceramics, glassware, homeware, linen, furniture, luxury gifts and clothing – is truly exquisite merchandise.”

Jackie mentions a recent arrival in-store, the uber-cool brand Le DD, as an example. This indoor/outdoor beachwear and accessories brand is Italian made, and described as entering a world of lightness and comfort.  “Le DD unisex footwear, bags and homeware are ideal for baches and coastal living, or a day out on the beach.” With a slight shift from the usual European tone of her wares, Jackie is now an agent for R. M. Williams boots.

“We’re thrilled to stock the latest in R.M. Williams boots – whether you’re a city woman or country girl, these handcrafted genuine leather boots are sophisticated, yet practical. They are a timeless classic in fashionable footwear.”


For Christmas inspiration, Corso Merivale is hosting an in-store Christmas celebration (Hawkesbury Building, Aikmans road) on 8 November, 5pm – 8pm, where all of its new Christmas range will be on display. Phone  03 355 4228 or visit:


Indigo Brands

Top Apparel leaders: Indigo Brands

With international brands like Diesel and Scotch & Soda, Indigo Brands continues to celebrate its ongoing success in the fashion industry alongside a continued and loyal commitment to its customers.


Indigo Brands


Its mission is simple: Be the leading distributor in the fashion clothing and footwear industry within New Zealand and Australia by offering the world’s finest fashion labels. Based in Casebrook, Christchurch, the company has been offering some of the world’s leading global brands to retailers across New Zealand for more than 30 years. Celebrating its 40th year in 2018, Diesel has become an innovative international lifestyle brand, producing a wide-ranging collection of denim, clothing, shoes and accessories.

For its latest campaign, Diesel has taken hateful social media comments received by the brand and celebrities and turned them into a fashion collection called ‘hate couture’ attracting the likes of Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane, Bella Thorne and Tommy Dorfman who are taking part in the campaign. Scotch & Soda is commonly best described as ‘worldly-cool’ incorporating stand-out prints and patterns in each of its seasons. Key followers of the brand include Benedict Cumberbatch, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, not to mention world renowned model Heidi Klum.

Indigo Brands also has its own retail store `brave’ located in Newmarket, Auckland. Recently refurbished, the store is not only a retail store but a showroom to exhibit key brands. There is also a `brave’ outlet store located at 752 Main North Road, Christchurch. Indigo Brands distributes other brands such as Garcia, Gaudi, Denny Rose, NoBrand shoes plus other smaller European collections. Christchurch stockists include Encompass, Andrea Biani, Treasure Box, Sergios, Contemporary Lounge and Death By Denim.