As temperatures rise and days get longer, our diaries fill with happenings and events, such as Cup Week with all the glitter and glamour of Addington Cup Day, followed by Show Day and Riccarton Racecourse Gallops; not to mention the myriad of spring fêtes, stage shows and concerts – both indoor and outdoor – and end-of-year functions.
So now is the opportune time to get some outfits underway for the fun ahead, and what better place to start than Made in the Shade?
With new stock filling the racks daily, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to colour, style and your favourite designer, because they’re all here, from fabulous combination skirts and tops courtesy of Ann Mardell, through to the finest gauged, non-pilling knitwear from Optimum.
Italian fine cottons are perfect for loungewear, while linen culottes take you through the day looking effortlessly elegant, but for those who prefer a bit more shape, Lisette pants and Not Your Daughter’s Jeans are crafted to make every figure beautiful.
Browse the fabulous selection of patio dresses, tunics and trousers in bright colours and zingy patterns; being predominantly made of non-crushable cotton, they’re ideal for packing or travelling.
For that special event or wedding marked on your calendar, Bitter Moon is your label, for these are clothes fitted to flatter and celebrate the feminine form.
Whatever the occasion, there’s something here for every lady wanting to look her loveliest.
Find Made in the Shade at 151A Colombo Street, Beckenham, phone 03 332 1238 or visit www.madeintheshadefashions.co.nz.
Spring has never looked lovelier than at Made in the Shade, with new stock arriving daily. From the vivaciously vivid to the dreamy pastel palette; from jaunty French-style “oh là là” tops to star-spangly sweaters; and from snazzy stripes to classy but classic check trousers, there’s something here for every gal looking to look a cut above the rest.
With clothes meticulously blocked from sizes 8 to 18, browsing here is a breeze.
This season’s trends feature tops with beautiful motif decoration; cute ’n’ crisp cropped cotton jackets; elegant wide-legged pants, and the colour green makes a welcome return in a wonderful variety of shades.
New Zealand-made brands, like Anne Mardell and Mardee, provide clever coordinate combos that deliver a different look every day, while Optimum showcases a stunning range of fine gauge knitwear for our warmer months; Optimum also offers a bespoke service of knitting special garments to order for individual customers.
For an unforgettable wedding ensemble or after-five outfit, New Zealand’s Bitter Moon have skirts and dresses to add sparkle to your special occasion.
NYDJ’s jeans make every bottom bootylicious, but if it’s bottom lift and tummy tuck that you’re after, then Canadian label Lisette is for you.
Globetrotters will love the exquisite European fine linens range – ideal for hassle-free packing and travelling in style.
Yes ladies, spring begins at Made in the Shade; pop in and be inspired – your wardrobe will love you for it!
Find the store at 151A Colombo Street, Beckenham. Phone 03 332 1238 or visit www.madeintheshadefashions.co.nz.
With new arrivals from quality New Zealand and European labels now instore, Made in the Shade has curated a winter collection that’s not only beautiful on the eye, but more importantly, celebrates the individual woman.
“There’s something here for everyone, from bold and bright to understated elegance through to the romantic – every look and occasion is covered,” says owner Alison Donn. The Anne Mardell/Mardee ensemble of wool shift-dress and reversible jacket, for instance, makes for an inspired layering combination, while Anne Mardell bomber jackets deliver the ultimate in casual chic.
Optimum knitwear, renowned for its non-pilling, takes you through the cool months in colours, designs and mix’n’match options that are just too clever. For ladies who like to wear the pants, the exquisitely tailored Lisette trousers take you from the boardroom to the theatre, while for laid-back glamour, a pair of figure-hugging NYDJ jeans showcases your best assets!
If you’re looking for something unique for a party or event, here’s where you’ll find that stunner cocktail dress to ramp up the fun, or that chic two-piece suit to make you stand out from the rest. But for that special date, think velvet skirt and fine Italian silk top with an eye-popping puffer jacket to snuggle in as you depart the restaurant.
Don’t forget to check out the travel range of the finest cottons, non-crease linens and other perfect-for-packing garments – you might be needing them sooner than you think! Find Made in the Shade at 151a Colombo Street, Beckenham, phone 03 332 1238, email email@example.com and visit www.madeintheshadefashions.co.nz.
While we all adore summer, there’s something splendid about autumn’s dramatic colours sweeping our landscape, and something undeniably seductive about snuggling before a crackling fire, sipping a mulled wine or drop of scotch on a chilly winter’s evening.
In readiness, and in celebration, of cool days ahead, Alison Donn, owner of Made in the Shade, is thrilled with the gorgeous array of clothes which have just arrived instore. Ladies, these clothes are hot! Renowned New Zealand brands, such as Optimum, a fine gauge, pilling-resistant knitwear that gives a myriad of mix’n’match combinations; Anne Mardell, famed for its unique pleating, prints, colours and innovative drape of garments; and Bittermoon, always cool, contemporary and with a bit of an edge, all promise to make your 2019 winter wardrobe sizzle.
Italian brand Simply Linen is the ultimate in discreet chic; it’s a garment tailored for travel and ensures you arrive at your destination looking the epitome of effortless elegance. What better way to stride into winter than have your pins dressed to their best in Montréal brand Lisette L? Designed to fit and flatter every women’s unique individual size and shape, these are pants that definitely accentuate your positives!
Labels Black Stone, Meredith and the funky, body contouring NYDJ also feature in this stunning line-up; add in a touch of beautiful bijoux from Dutch designer Zsiska and the only thing left to say is…bring on winter! The store at 151a Colombo Street is open Monday to Friday 9:30am to 5:30pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Phone 03 332 1238 or visit www.madeintheshadefashions.co.nz.
With a heatwave predicted, Made in the Shade is prepared. Ali has stocked up with lots of gorgeous, cool, breathable natural fibres – cottons, silks, viscose, and loads of lovely linens. “Last year the cool-to-wear linen pieces were flying out the door during the long hot summer.”
Bittermoon has brought linen stories to their collection, as has Ping Pong, with flattering dresses with pockets. Almost too good to be true, the modern natural linen-look does not need ironing. Last summer at the Beckenham boutique, it was also all about the Made in Italy collection – with romantic pieces that flatter and float over the silhouette.
As well as the much-adored local labels, such as Anne Mardell and Optimum’s cotton knits, there are Ali’s famous European faithfuls. The perfect-fitting Lisette L pants from Canada have feminine, versatile patterns and plains – unique to the label. This summer is particularly exciting, with feminine colours and prints such as turquoise, coral, navy backgrounds, ditzy-print and spring-garden florals and bold tropical blooms – and in contrast, chic and stylish plains. Colour is getting creative, as in the striking new Matisse dresses.
“Cute bomber jackets, in summery fabrics, like lace, are back in vogue – great to jazz up a dress. And most labels have introduced an easy, relaxed fitting, with styles to suit every shape,” Ali says.
All personality types and age groups will find a new favourite at Made in the Shade, 151a Colombo Street, Beckenham, open Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:30pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm, or visit
Welcome to the new revamp at Made in the Shade – here it’s impossible not to find the perfect outfit, with new stock of the best labels arriving daily. It has become a busy little shop – Beckenham’s fashion central!
“Optimum Knitwear has been our great success,” Ali says. It has pride of place in the entranceway. It’s 100 percent non-pilling cotton and I can order any style in any size or colour.”
A large rack is dedicated to the sumptuous Simply Linen range. Made in Italy, it’s non-creasing, no-iron, wash and wear luxury. Pants are wide and floaty or fitting this season, she says. The latest stripes look great with high waists. Canadian-made quality Lisette L pants are so feminine, and perfect-fit NYDJ jeans can also be ordered to size.
“Whether you’re out for a coffee or at a wedding, Anne Mardell’s dresses, tops and pants always look beautiful, especially teamed with a little jacket.”
Bittermoon dresses are of soft, draping fabric, with great sleeves and a flattering empire line. And Black Stone is another well-loved label.
“Sharon, Marion and myself know what will suit everyone that walks through the door. A regular customer recently said: Oh, you are naughty Ali, I only came in for one thing!
Nevertheless, she left very happy with a beautiful new wardrobe. It’s creating a story, where everything co-ordinates.”
Made in the Shade always has sale items and a 70 percent-off sale rack, while the Zsiska handmade jewellery adds that eye-catching finishing touch.
Browse amongst the brights, prints, plains and florals at 151 Colombo Street, or www.madeintheshadefashions.co.nz.
Phone 03-332 1238.
Made in the Shade is a boutique filled with fabulous New Zealand and European labels that make dressing up in winter a pleasure.
From jazzy detailed cardigans and colourful capes, to slinky jerseys in possum and merino, it’s all about knitwear this season. Optimum Knitwear is what Made in the Shade is famous for and Ali has been taking calls from Tauranga to Timaru for this iconic brand. “You can choose a style from the rack, our catalogue, or online and we’ll order it in any colour or size. It will arrive in three or four weeks. Made of 100 percent of the softest, finest merino wool, there is absolutely no pilling.”
Ali has coordinated her clients’ wardrobes for more than three decades and Sharon has a skilful eye for styling. Now, Marian has joined the close-knit team after her 25-years’ experience at Untouched World, a premium brand in natural fabrics. “We’re are getting a lot of compliments about Marian’s service and expertise.”
Ali says winter is the time to invest in versatile outfits that take you from office to evening – from Anne Mardell and Bittermoon’s spectacularly designed dresses, through to gorgeous Italian-linen pieces. The perfect fit of NYDJ and Lisette-L pants team exquisitely with gorgeous winter tops and jackets.
A 70 percent sale of head-turning summer outfits is still going strong – for those running away to warmer climes.
Made in the Shade has easy parking and is easy to find at 151a Colombo Street, Beckenham. Opening hours are Monday-Friday 9am-5.30pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm or visit madeintheshade.co.nz.
Made in the Shade is a boutique brimming with a colour wheel of flattering fashion – in natural, breathable, fabrics.
“This season’s Optimum Knitwear has arrived and includes the ‘coffee-bean top’ with contrasting cuffs and collar,” owner Ali Donn says. “Clients often say ‘I love that style but would like perhaps a different colour’ so we order it for them. They can browse their website or our Optimum lookbook.”
“It’s all good fashion fodder here – with a twist,” she says. “Pretty prints, bling cardigans – so cute and different. There are lots of blues, textures, twin sets and stripes, and scarves to match. We can help you choose and organise your entire winter wardrobe from go to whoa. And we advise clients when their favourite collections arrive!”
From Canada, there is the Gabby Isabella collection, with feminine detailing from lace-embellished jerseys to floral quilted jackets, and also the lovely Lissette-L pants. NYDJ jeans’ winter range has landed, and timeless New Zealand-made Anne Mardell dresses and tops come in adorable patterns in sizes 8 to 18.
When Ali was a youngster, her favourite saying was “I’m made in the shade” – meaning I’m cool, home ‘n’ hosed. And that’s how she likes her clients to feel – relaxed and comfortable. “I buy in what’s easy to wear, and what fits and hangs beautifully. You just put it on and feel great.”
Made in the Shade, 151a Colombo Street, Beckenham, open Monday-Friday 9am-5.30pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm or visit madeintheshade.co.nz.