Thea’s New and Preloved Boutique is a unique treasure trove of gorgeous garments, footwear and numerous accessories, as well as luxurious home and giftware. Tucked in behind Oxford’s local Challenge service station, this hidden gem was, up until now, the town’s best kept secret.
The boutique recently expanded from one to two rooms, so that’s twice the space for blissful browsing. Take that fab leather jogger from Siren, for instance, and team it with a stunning top from Foxwood and Isabella ankle boots – now that’s how to stop traffic!
Alongside renowned Aotearoa brands, there is also a European influence, in Italian knitwear of the softest mohair and brightest colours.
Proprietor Robyn Paget describes her home décor as an eclectic mix of interesting pieces to enhance the home, with everything from ceramics, candles, room fragrances, artificial flowers and foliage, and so much more in between.
Open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10am to 4pm, a day away in Oxford’s hidden gem can be your guilty pleasure, but if you must share it with someone, make it all your BFF’s; Robyn can’t wait to meet them!
Thea’s New & Preloved Boutique is located at 102 Main Street, Oxford.
A tucked away treasure is the only way to describe the newly formed boutique and it’s lovely owner only a short drive away from Christchurch. Robyn created Thea’s ‘New & Pre Loved’ Boutique, to pay tribute to her late mother Dorothea, in September last year.
It is clear to see that Robyn loves what she is doing and is proud to say, she’s “always been fashion minded; it’s always been a passion that I needed to start again”.
And that passion is reflected in the bespoke boutique for likewise fashion lovers.
The shop offers amazing ranges such as Italian Range, Foxwood, Siren, Hinako footwear, Seeking Lola, and other similar brands all in an affordable price range.
Not to mention, it also has some lovely home wear items on display, making it a one stop shop for all of your clothing, accessory, shoe and homeware to change your home décor.
She really “likes people to walk in and it feels homely”.
This go-getter isn’t showing any sign of slowing down, proudly saying that, “Even though I am 71, I wasn’t ready to just sit at home”.
So, what’s the next step for Thea’s? Robyn explains that “they say with fashion it takes one to two years to establish.
I want to expand the business further, but I want to take my time”.
You can find this hidden gem at 102 Main Street, Oxford. Give them a call on 03 312 4509 or check out their Facebook page for all of the latest updates.
Paramount to Rachel Ferguson, proprietor of clothing, gift and living store Dalethorpe House, is the desire to enrich the lives of her clientele with merchandise that is focused on quality, integrity and craftmanship.
Visitors to Darfield will find Dalethorpe House on level one of the former General Store building, built in 1914.
Its distinctive white weatherboard exterior and original kauri tongue and groove interior are richly evocative of a past era when quality garments and wares were a given.
What a pleasure to browse this beautiful space where every garment, every item of gift or homeware, has been discerningly curated to provide an exquisite selection of contemporary yet enduring pieces.
The Ferguson family’s long association with ‘Dalethorpe’, one of Canterbury’s oldest sheep stations, encapsulates the ethos behind Dalethorpe House – an understanding of a life well-lived and pride in product.
Find Dalethorpe House at 51 South Terrace, Darfield, phone 03 317 9250.
Located in the new shopping precinct of Rosemerryn Village at Lincoln is Belleza Boutique, a clothing store for women who are looking for something beautiful yet a little bit different.
Owner Anna Green moved her business from its former Tai Tapu site (across the road from The Store) to its current site in 2018.
It’s testament to her discerning eye in sourcing wonderfully wearable garments that many of her Tai Tapu clientele have followed her to Rosemerryn.
Anna predominantly showcases Australian and New Zealand labels, with the occasional European label to fill in the gaps.
With sizes ranging from eight to 18 (larger New Zealand labels can be sourced, if needed), her overarching focus is on style – finding the garment that’s right for the body shape and personality of customers.
“There’s no pressure-selling here. It’s so important for women to feel happy and confident in the clothes they wear.”
Budgets are another thing Anna takes into consideration; accordingly, there’s a good representation of both ends of the price spectrum – from affordable daytime casual wear through to the dressy/eveningwear category.
From the outset with Belleza, Anna wanted women to walk into her boutique and feel there might be something there for them.
“I handpick all the merchandise; it’s very much a curated collection. The strong relationships I’ve built with my customers over the years have stemmed from that philosophy.”
Find Belleza Boutique on the corner of Edward Street and Eastfield Drive, Lincoln. Phone 03 925 9614, or follow online.
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.