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Picture paw-fect: Charli & Coco

With the weather changing, now is the time to think of your pet’s needs over the coming cooler months. With limited quantities from some international suppliers, it really will be a case of first in, best dressed (and bedded).



Charli & Coco unquestionably have the largest range of décor friendly beds with an extensive range of all-weather beds, dog sofas, French Country baskets, beautiful faux fur, and cashmere beds.

“We also stock beds with wool inners which have many additional benefits, from keeping dogs cool in summer yet warm in winter, to maintaining their shape whilst offering exceptional comfort,” says owner Michelle Freeman.

“Additionally, we carry the Bianca Lorenne luxury range of pet beds in sumptuous velvet and timeless wool check.”

As a specialised dog outfitter, the boutique carries an exceptional range of clothing options, from Boho-inspired fringed dog jumpers in modern neutral tones to aristocratic tweed walking coats, Liberty print raincoats and shirts, and a classic yellow raincoat that is practical and super-stylish.

“We stock a huge range of merino jumpers in a range of thicknesses and a rainbow of colours, perfect for layering under jackets,” says Michelle.

“One of our most popular items is the wool blend jacket harness. It is thoughtfully designed to minimise time getting out the door and offered in a range of delightful check fabrics with gold hardware.”

Whether providing an extra layer of warmth on top of or underneath your four-legged friend, make sure it’s done in style.

Ph: (03) 925 9957 | | | 3/54 Holmwood Road, Merivale, Christchurch



In trenched

A transitional trench for autumn is hardly revolutionary, but the appeal of these not-too-hot, not-too-cold salves endures for a reason. Timeless coverups, trenches are wardrobe chameleons which can adapt to any dress code.

Saba Leila Trench Coat


This autumn, trenches come in classic beige as well as a seasonal palette of terracottas and yellows sure to brighten those grey summerless days.


Acne Studios Odande Cotton Trench from Workshop

When deciding what to team with your trench, the power of beige lends itself to almost anything – bright patterns, party dresses, activewear, or even, dare we say it, more beige tones.


Camilla & Marc Francesca Jumpsuit

Our favourite looks for this season include a trench layered with a hoody underneath and sneakers for instant casual cool, or paired with a silky dress and heeled, knee-high boots for something more glamorous.


Oroton Trench with Scarf

For such a wardrobe staple which can last style-wise for years, it may be wallet-wise to splash out and invest in a piece which will last quality-wise, too.


Moochi The Trenchie

Offerings from Saba, Moochi, Camilla & Marc and Acne Studios – all available at Canterbury retailers – certainly tick that box.


In the trenches

A new decade may call for reimagining the classics, but some things need little updating.


When it comes to the trench, we’ll never say no to the classic cut, but reimagined iterations have been trickling in for the last few seasons, as the darlings of the design world work hard to ensure it maintains a modern edge.

This year trench coats are coming through in unique materials – including silk, organza and leather. It’s not just the materials that are getting a revamp, with the trusty trench also being paired in unique ways, such as the popular dress and trench combo.

Structured check trench coats make the perfect addition to your transeasonal wardrobe, so you can turn heads come rain or shine.


It pairs well with a white tee and wide-leg blue jeans, or buttoned and wrapped up with a pair of straight-leg trousers and heels.

If we’re seeing trench coats made of organza and covered in checks, it’ll come as no surprise that we’re also getting clever with colour.

There’s nothing quite like colour to brighten up a chilly day and now we’re giving our trench coats the same treatment.


Meanwhile the classic double-breasted military trench makes its welcome return, with its timeless and universally flattering silhouette.

In 2020 however, it might be time to swap out the soft military trench for a crisp cotton iteration featuring a strong lapel, wide belt and sharp, interesting details.


Check, please!

This winter, try an elegant check coat to elevate your outwear – and your body temperature.



The slow creep of winter can no longer be ignored.

The icy temperatures are knocking on our doors and, now we’re allowed out of the house, rugging up to brave the elements has never been more appealing, even more so if you have a chic check coat to adorn.

An irrefutable nod to Burberry’s resurrection of its iconic trench, we’re now seeing this newest incarnation of plaid everywhere from design houses to the high street and we’re welcoming its warmer, woollen fabrications.

If the classic Burberry palette of camel, beige and rust tones are not for you, many designs stray into safer darker shades or, conversely, add bold pops of colour for the sartorially adventurous.

The check effect transcends cut too, offering endless options to suit your preferred silhouettes and pair perfectly with your favourite wintry layers.