It was champagne corks popping at the March 23 launch of the Old School Collective, with Waikuku Primary School former pupil and The Hits Christchurch DJ, Brodie Kane, emceeing the event.
The Old School Collective comprises a hair salon, florist, yoga studio, antique shop, outdoor furniture shop, café and edgy, high fashion clothing boutique Louis Who. The owner of Louis Who, Lisa Willetts, visits Melbourne four times yearly to source her merchandise. “Everything I buy is one season ahead, so that my customers are right up to date with current overseas trends,” Lisa says.
Labels such as Custommade, Rude Riders, Blaumax, Crossley, and Haikure, give an idea of the quality European ‘one-off’ clothing that is found here. With an emphasis on gorgeous, natural fabrics, these should be considered as affordable investment pieces for your wardrobe.
For girls who adore fashion but are on a budget, Lisa has a good range of preloved clothing, featuring names like Trelise Cooper, Elk, Karen Walker and Camilla, to name a few. “I’m very fussy about what comes into my preloved range; there’s nothing over two seasons old,” Lisa says.
If it’s a complete outfit you’re after, browse Lisa’s scarves, belts, bags and footwear for inspiration. Not forgetting your home, the Eight and Bob scented candles and infusers are fragrantly divine.
So, ladies, what are you waiting for? Round up the girlfriends and point your car north. Located at 1/1429 Main North Road and on Facebook @louiswhoclothing.
Eclectic, edgy fashion at Louis Who in Waikuku is a real find for the trendy fashion hunter. Karen Walker, Kate Sylvester, Moochi, Paula Ryan, Trelise Cooper, Rude Riders and Japanese premium denim Haikure are a few of the brands which adorn the well selected and sourced items on the racks at Louis Who.
It features a mixture of high end preloved clothing, as well as one-off next season samples from Rich and Royal, Crossley and Hannes Roether and other European fashion brands. These have become bestsellers and, with the stock constantly changing due to the high turnover, it’s a great reason to come to North Canterbury’s best kept secret, only 20 minutes from Christchurch.
“New customers are surprised when they first come in; they never knew we were here,” says owner Lisa Willetts, who stocks only high-quality preloved items in excellent condition.
Becoming a regular at Louis Who has its advantages, as Lisa has VIP nights for her best customers when her new stock comes in, giving them the first look before it goes into the store.
Lisa keeps things fresh and exciting, so there’s also a $20 and $50 designated discount area. Catering for every budget, she has a great knack for recommending the perfectly fitting outfit.
Like on Facebook and follow Louiswho1 on Instagram to see the latest arrivals, which are posted as soon as they come in, then make a bee line for Louis Who – within the Twine Antiques store at the Brick Mill – Main North Road Waikuku. Phone 021 804425 or email