Their hashtag is ‘Always Aotearoa’ and, if pondering a subtitle, let it be ‘Never Made Offshore’.
Local and loyal to New Zealand, Dual is a denim clothing boutique that Cantabrians should be proud of. Now located at 5/181 High Street, in the heart of the uber-cool SALT district (St Asaph, Lichfield and Tuam Streets), Dual does denim like nobody else. Two years ago, Phillip Sunderland and Stuart Montgomery bought the business from its former owner and spent 18 months redesigning and revisioning the brand. “Denim is timeless; it’s anti fast-fashion. Our clothing is about design and quality,” Phillip says. “These are unique one-off garments – made only eight hundred metres from our store.”
Phillip says the first year of business is about customer reconnection and reintroducing Dual as a brand dedicated to denim. The second year, they’re looking to grow nationwide, focusing on key wholesale customers, followed by a big global push, but with the manufacturing firmly and forever New Zealand-based. “From the outset, our intention was that Dual production would never disappear from this country. We’re the only denim brand made solely in New Zealand.”
Business partner, Stuart Montgomery, handles the complexities of the manufacturing process, and Phillip and Stuart work together on the brand direction before handing it over to expert designers and garment technicians Kat, Gina and Ellie. “If only more people understood the ripple effect of making and buying local,” Phillip says, “always Aotearoa is a truly great promise for today’s world.”
Magazine Clothing offers a range of beautiful designer clothing from size 10-26, with a range predominantly New Zealand designed and made, including its own label, Magazine.
There’s something for every occasion, from casual lifestyle clothing through to fabulous special occasion wear, with the business specialising in clothing for the mother-of-the bride and groom, and guestwear.
Magazine works closely with New Zealand designers to ensure much of the range is exclusive. The stores also carry an exquisite range of accessories including jewellery, fascinators and bags to complement every outfit. The talented team will help create your individual look with feminine, flattering and contemporary clothing tailored to suit your lifestyle and personality.
Magazine has 10 beautiful stores throughout New Zealand and, when you visit, you will have an exceptional experience, ensuring you look and feel fabulous every time you shop there.
To help you make the right choice, each member of staff has an extraordinary styling ability, masses of creativity and fashion flair, as well as professionalism and an absolute commitment to deliver the ultimate service.
You’ll get an exceptional in-store experience to discover your perfect look, regardless of age, shape or size, with the help of passionate fashion experts.
Windmill Centre, 188 Clarence Street, Riccarton, phone 021 686 929, or visit www.magazineclothing.co.nz.
Other stores include Takapuna, Mt Eden, Pukekohe, Mt Maunganui, Hamilton, New Plymouth and Palmerston North. There are designer outlet stores in Onehunga and Taihape.
When it comes to the ‘Big Day’, every detail plays its part in making the overall impact, right down to the outfit accents.
Take the groom’s and groomsmen’s belts, for example. At face value they might seem like a fairly inconspicuous addition to the suited and booted gents, but actually, they are that missing piece of the sartorial puzzle and, when they come from Village Leathercraft, they well and truly transcend their practical status. A style statement in their own right, they carry a very special message – quite literally.
Village Leathercraft’s name says it all – it is the master and maker of fine leather products and belts are a handsome part of the offering. Fully customised options have become a favourite amongst grooms who want to gift their groomsmen something they can keep for life after serving their all-important duties.
Owner Peter O’Brien describes the privilege and joy in embossing personalised details on a belt and says he can come up with ideas from scratch or work with his clients on their own concepts.
At face value, a less is more approach seems at odds with the very basis of a capitalist economy and, in particular, a commercial fashion brand.
Boldly bucking the fast fashion trend, Untouched World is about beautiful, understated designs. With 97 percent of the range made in New Zealand, each piece is carefully crafted in timeless designs that match the quality.
At the heart of this label is an ethos of sustainability, epitomised by the new Autumn/Winter 18 Collection, which features clever new innovations that deliver on style and sustainability.
The new Voyage capsule mixes luxurious milled wool and merino knit with a light, water resistant outer and Ecodown fill made from recycled PET bottles. Offering a fresh take on the popular puffer jacket, the new Ecopossum™ Puffer has organic cotton lining and Ecodown fill. The result is a warm, lightweight jacket that uses up to 10 post-consumer plastic bottles.
Another brilliant addition is their pure organic cotton jeans. Made from fabric from one of the world’s most sustainable denim mills, these consciously made jeans will end the hunt for the perfect fit.
Well known for knits, this season doesn’t disappoint, with beautiful textured sweaters, effortless wraps and cosy felted jackets offering luxurious options in merino, possum and cashmere blends.
Complementing the clothing is a beautifully curated range of luxurious homeware, jewellery and gift lines made by local and international artisans, along with a not-for-profit collection that supports two causes the company is passionate about; helping those less fortunate achieve freedom, and educating and inspiring change in our young people, so they can create a more sustainable future.