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Step up for sustainability


Kathryn Wilson is putting her best foot forward, adorned with a new eco-friendly offering aimed to create a kinder footprint thanks to her eponymous footwear brand. Arriving in store this month, her KIND collection has had a lot of thought put into it, so you can purchase carefree.

 

 

Congratulations on the latest collection! Can you tell us a bit about the inspiration and significance behind the design and materials?
Thank you! The initial offering of three casual styles has been consciously crafted using Global Recycling Standard certified recycled leather and fly-knit uppers made from recycled plastic bottles. We are excited to be able to offer fashion footwear with a ‘kinder’ footprint through materials, components and the manufacturing methods used.


 

KIND COLLECTION

 


After more than two years in design development, how did you know the collection was ready to go public?
We have researched and met with several suppliers of sustainable footwear materials and packaging over the last three to four years at international trade shows and shoe fairs. We wanted to make sure the providers we aligned with were GRS certified, trustworthy and had worked with reputable brands to ensure they were committed to creating a quality product, not ‘green-washing’ and were transparent around their social responsibility and code of ethics. We began development of these styles in November 2019 and have been wear-testing and re-fitting the styles to ensure the materials we have sourced are durable, colourfast, and comfortable before finalising our prototype samples which were sold to NZ retailers in October 2020. Our wholesale accounts throughout the country were so supportive of this new development and have been as excited as we are to have these styles arrive at stores this month.


You’ve started your sustainability journey by announcing a partnership with CarbonClick. What factors led to you joining forces to create a footwear with a kinder footprint?
With the release of our KIND collection we made part of the purchase price a $10 donation towards the Kaikoura Project, a local regeneration of native forest and pest control program that would off-set more than 100kg of carbon emissions from each pair sold. We have had awesome support and guidance from our sustainability expert; Vanessa from Unravelled Consultants who specialises in advice for the NZ fashion industry on becoming more sustainable. She has introduced us to suppliers of packaging, materials and manufacturers who are offering climate friendly options.


 

EVOLVE WHITE

 


With the term ‘fast fashion’ being thrown around the industry, what is your opinion on consumption in the fashion world and how we can all aim to be a bit eco-friendlier?
We have always believed in designing and creating beautiful, quality footwear that will be durable, timeless and last for many years to come. Nothing makes me happier than hearing from a customer that they have kept a pair of our boots for 10 years and had them re-soled etc to give them a new life, still being their favourite pair, I see that as a great compliment. If we can be encouraging our customers to buy quality items and look after their footwear using care products to lengthen their lifespan, we have less items going into landfill. We hope our shoes will be loved and shared between mothers and daughters or from friend to friend for years to come, ideally given an extended life by donating to a circular fashion retailer or charity.


So, what are the next steps (pun intended) for the Kathryn Wilson brand?
We are excited to share our sustainability strategy document online this month and increase our transparency around our product development, our people behind the brand, our charity alignments in local communities and defining our operational carbon emissions. Our goals for 2021 include auditing our NZ operations, committing to all packaging from all suppliers being 100 percent recyclable in NZ, weighing and collecting all leather off-cuts from manufacturers to be re-purposed, and surveying our tier one suppliers on their practices to understand where we can help to reduce emissions in the supply chain.


 

CIRCULAR TRAINER WHITE

 


 

Winter Wishlist


It’s hard to fathom that we’ve nearly reached the mid-way point of the year. With the changeover to June also comes cooler months, time to rug up, zip up and layer up. Here are Metropol’s fashion favourites for winter 2021.

 

Look cool and keep warm: Ruby Boby Sweater and Rae Trouser.

 

Mean business:
Saba Tilly Blazer

 

A winter staple: Auguste Spencer Pant in Black

 

Delightful in denim: Camilla & Marc Bowen Skirt

 

Simple and stylish: Hej Hej Good Day Barclay in Ivory.

 

Create bag envy: Deadly Ponies Mini Robin in Seashadow

 

A magical must-have: Witchery Ruched Waist Shirt in Black

 

Zip it: Witchery Long Sleeve Utility Knit in Milk White.

 

Sweater weather: Seed Heritage Pom Pom Twist Sweater

 

Pretty in Pink: Seed Heritage Side Split Coat in Ash Pink.

 

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.


 

Strait for Christchurch


Her eponymous brand is one of New Zealand’s most recognisable fashion labels, and has long been inspired by the landscapes of the south. Now Juliette Hogan has put down roots here with a new store The Crossing. Metropol catches up with the designer about bridging the Cook Strait, where her love story with our city started, and navigating an industry in flux.

 

 

What made you choose Christchurch to open up your first store in the South Island?
“The Juliette Hogan brand has always had a strong affinity to the textures and palette of the South Island landscape, and it has been a longstanding dream location for a store. The more we travelled looking for the right location, the more perfect Christchurch felt. I have to admit, it’s my favourite store so far. I absolutely love the curved oak wall, to me it feels so welcoming and protective, and hope this is how our customers respond to it as well.”

 

J.H store at The Crossing, CHCH

 


You’re a business owner and a mum – which must be busy enough without lockdowns thrown in the mix! What’s your philosophy or approach to making sure you have the time, space and energy you need and want to balance your business and family lives?
“My life is what I have made it and I feel so fortunate that I get to do what I love. For me that means being challenged and busy as a mother, partner, and business owner. I do work hard to keep a balance making time for family, work, and myself. I walk every morning; podcasts keep me learning and motivated and good books and travel give me both escape and creative inspiration.”


The pandemic has fuelled the movement to support local. You manufacture almost all your garments locally, why is it important for you to be New Zealand made, and why should Kiwis get behind this?
“At Juliette Hogan, our clothes are predominantly NZ made (97 percent). I’m proud to be part of Mindful Fashion NZ. Co-founded by Emily Miller-Sharma of Ruby and Kate Sylvester in 2018. We are working together on a number of initiatives to help create a thriving and sustainable future for Made in NZ clothing including developing a meaningful garment manufacturing apprenticeship programme to fulfil skill shortages and create more jobs within our clothing industry.”

 

2021 collection

 


Can you please tell us how the last 12 months has impacted the Juliette Hogan brand, and how this is reflected in your latest designs?
“2020 certainly presented us with some extraordinary challenges, but the surprising outcome for me has been the genuinely rewarding learning and growth opportunities that the year has provided. In the 17 years since I launched Juliette Hogan, I have never had such a strong impetus or the opportunity to really step back and make big decisions on where we wanted this business and brand to be, and how we were going to evolve to get there. Reflecting the timeless and enduring design aesthetic of Juliette Hogan, 2021 sees a new approach forgoing the constraints of traditional seasons and what is yet to come. In addition to reworking our seasonal calendar, we also launched our JH Lounge collection in June 2020. This collection had been in development for some time; however, the timing was really perfect to launch to market.”

 

 


So, looking forward now. What does 2021 have in store for you, and the Juliette Hogan brand?
“We have lots of exciting projects in the pipeline including new product lines and working closely with our wonderful brand partners Amisfield, Audi & Bobbi Brown on exciting events and experiences. We are looking forward to being more connected to the South Island with the new store to have a deeper understanding of what our South Island customers need. Personally, I’m looking forward to spending time with my family exploring our beautiful country.”


 

Glamorous heating: Aqualine


Aqualine is bringing an exciting designer collection in Hydronic Heating Solutions to your home. Step outside the conventional with these options for your heating in your living spaces as well as your bathrooms.

 

 

Trieste Cast Iron Radiators bring a traditional glamour back to your home with styling and can come in the colour of your choice. These radiators will keep your home warm during winter months as well as keeping heating costs down.

 

 

Griffin Main Towel rail offers effective yet understated style your bathrooms. The ultra slim Griffin features flat cross tubes with a subtle curving. White RAL 9016 as standard, 188 RAL Colours and 8 Special Finishes & Chrome.

 

 

Saturn and Moon – A highly sculptural piece of Zen minimalism that is calm, contemplative and relaxing. Saturn features a towel holder handle (Saturn’s ring). With the towel holder removed, Moon blends perfectly into any environment.

 

 

Jaga Mini Canal Eco Trench – The perfect climate you can feel but not see, easy to install and virtually invisible after installation, Jaga trench convectors will fit into your architectural plans with no need for compromise. Making use of physical principles, particularly those which counteract the cold air that runs down large, glazed areas.


 

Awards pile up for Millbrook kitchen: Mal Corboy Design


The awards cabinet is full to bursting for Mal Corboy, Director of Mal Corboy design whose Millbrook kitchen and bathroom featured in our October 15 issue showcasing its inclusion in the finalists of the Society of British Interior Designers (SBID) international competition.

 

 

Mal has now added the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association (NKBA) to his trove, taking home the Certified Designers Society (CDS) Kitchen Design Award (open to qualified designers only), for his striking and clever Millbrook kitchen.

Mal’s client frequently entertains guests in the home built by K M Smith Builders.

So in addition to the generous kitchen, Mal created a spectacular scullery behind the kitchen accessed through electric doors, which houses a preparation area, twin sinks, dishwasher, oven and steam oven, and two wine fridges.

The kitchen itself is refined and elegant with a masculine accent. Corian in the specialty colourway Sorrel, is combined with American Walnut veneer and glass cabinetry, black lacquer, and black copper.

The result is an inspiring dramatic scene which also retains an effortless simplicity.


 

Suit-able attire


Thirty-three years after opening its first store in Christchurch, Kiwi suiting experts, Working Style, has launched its new womenswear range here, too. The colourful array of blazers, pants and shirting offer New Zealand women a unique experience to select the fabric, fit and detailing of a custom suit.

 

 

The launch of W, a new custom suiting range for women, coincides with the retailer relocating from Merivale to a modern new store next to Riverside Market on Oxford Terrace, designed by award-winning local architecture firm, PRau Studio.

Founder and Managing Director Chris Dobbs and Christchurch-raised creative director Karl Clausen told Metropol how W is an extension of its bespoke tailored suiting offerings, but now, for women.

The idea for the collection was sparked when staff member, Amanda Vine, had a men’s suit tailored for her to wear to work in the Christchurch store about two years ago.

“That was the catalyst for the women’s collection,” says Chris. “We’ve been working on it for about 18-months now.

“We set out to learn what women wanted from suiting, we didn’t want to dictate to them what we thought they wanted, but we wanted to learn.”

The resulting collection is impeccably tailored suit pants, jackets and shirting, which can be custom made for wearers in an array of luxurious fabrications selected from the in-store library of leather bound fabric sample books, before being made in Portugal.

Every detail of each garment is entirely customisable – from collars to lapels, buttons, pockets, cuffs and leg width.

Karl says Working Style’s philosophy of personalization endures in W.

“Everything we’re doing now is personalized, it’s very, very important. As a company we also value comfort – everything has to be comfortable, easy to wear and can be worn in different environments.”

Current offerings also reflect a more casual approach to suiting – with the garments making their way into more relaxed aesthetics.

“We’re not as formal as the garments we started our life with,” says Karl.

“It’s a contemporary take on a classic, we’re making items which gives the wearer options.”

The launch of W coincides with the recent opening of the new central city store, a fitting milestone for the business – which started its life door knocking Christchurch businesses offer shirt tailoring.

It also follows a challenging period for the world’s retailers, with Covid-19-induced global lockdowns rendering bricks and mortar retailers – and office attire – off limits for many.

 


 

Stand out from the crowd: Magazine Designer Clothing


Walking into Magazine Designer Clothing you’re greeted with an array of colours, beautiful predominantly New Zealand-made clothing, exquisite accessories and most importantly, friendly staff. The store thrives on helping their customers find the perfect style, no matter the size, age or occasion you’re shopping for. Metropol was lucky enough to catch up with owner Linda Savage about what makes her beautiful brand so special.

 

Nicola Mcmahon and Linda Savage (owner)

When they say they have something for every occasion they mean it, covering casual all the way to mother of the bride.

With new styles coming in almost daily, “there’s always something new and always something special,” Linda says.

With those special occasions finally happening again, make this your destination for all of your outfitting needs.

They also offer limited quantities, “so you’re not going to walk onto the street and run into someone wearing the same outfit,” Linda says.

Not to mention Magazine Designer Clothing exclusive designs that will really set you apart from the crowd.

But that’s not to say that everything you buy there has to be for an occasion. Maybe you just wish to treat yourself with a very special investment piece.

The store offers wardrobe builders that serve as a strong foundation for your clothing and lots of “trans-seasonal items that enable you to make the most of your wardrobe,” Linda enthuses.

Garments aren’t the only thing the store specialises in. While looking at the accessories as they catch the light, Linda says “This is a magpie’s heaven!”

We tend to think it would be an accessory lover’s heaven. After all, the perfect outfit must be complemented with some jewellery or even a bag. All can be found at Magazine Designer Clothing.

You can find this gem at the Windmill Centre in Riccarton.


 

A Crisp Collection


Caitlin Crisp first won Kiwi hearts on Project Runway NZ, now she’s transformed reality TV success into a design empire, with a fashion philosophy based on timeless, easy to wear pieces that are elegant but still a bit of fun.

 

 

What attracted you to the design field?

It’s one of those things where when you know, you know.

According to mum I was dressing myself before I could talk!

But I have also always been interested in the construction and technical side of producing clothing, so it all grew from there.


You’re originally from Christchurch before hitting it big on TVNZ 2’s Project Runway, where are you based now?

Auckland! I love both Auckland and Christchurch so will always live between the two but needed to be up here to get a head-start in the fashion industry. It was the right move.


It’s an industry that’s said to take no prisoners, how have you been able to take your reality TV success and turn this into a long term business?

It’s definitely a tough industry but I think the way I handled being on the show is true to how I handle the industry – ruthless positivity and by working with like-minded people that share the same problem-solving and forward-thinking attitude!


What’s the most fulfilling part of what you do?

Oh goodness where to start!? It’s the little things like sitting in my studio in the early hours of the morning thinking, “this is my space, this is my business, how amazing!”

And then the obvious ones such as seeing customers and loved ones wearing and feeling amazing in my designs, coming up with new ideas and working with beautiful fabrics.

Sewing and completing garments is a really fulfilling activity in itself!


What do the next 12 month have in store for you and the brand?

I try to separate the two where possible (it’s impossible!), but for starters, we have a great summer collection coming with our first exclusive print!

I’m very excited for that and often find myself wearing the samples around the studio.

I hope to pick up a few new stockists and do my best to get through what I’m sure is going to be an interesting year ahead.

Personally, the only things that are guaranteed are daily phone calls to my darling mother and many wines with girlfriends here in Auckland!

 

 


 

Small rooms with big impact: Armstrong Interiors


Think small rooms need to eschew style? Then think again! Metropol catches up with award-winning Interior Designer Angelique Armstrong from Armstrong Interiors about how to create small rooms with big impact.

 

 


How do you make small spaces feel bigger?

When decorating a small room, ‘less is more’.

If furniture and accessories block the view into a room, it will look cramped.

Moving furniture away from walkways will open up the space and make it feel larger. Use a few large, simple pieces of furniture or accessories in place of several smaller pieces, which make a space look cluttered.

With open space and large blocks of colour, the room will appear to be more calm and comfortable.

Positioning a large mirror opposite a window will bring the outside in and create depth, while hanging a mirror opposite a doorway will give the illusion of space.


What are the best ways to add colour and flair to the WC or powder room?

Adding colour and texture helps bring the space to life.

Create interest by adding wallpaper, mirrors and feature lighting.

If your bathroom boasts a mostly neutral design with a white vanity, an accent wall behind your vanity and mirror will create visual interest.

Whatever your home’s interior theme is, it is important to have the same continuous design flow with the rest of the house.


What are the golden rules with wallpaper patterns in small rooms?

Nowadays the singular feature wall is just not quite enough and it is popular to wallpaper an entire room.

I prefer two walls if need be; it’s less predictable.

Wallpaper can be very effective in a small space; adding interest by creating a beautiful focal point, creating depth in a room with short walls and making low ceilings look taller.

Wallpaper has the ability to be the hero of the room or subtlety to pull everything together. I like to incorporate colour, depth and texture.


How can you add storage to a small room?

Furniture is a clever way to create more storage.

Look out for coffee tables and consoles with drawers and cupboard space, while a customised wall unit will help clear excess clutter from your useful surfaces and tables.

In the bedroom, invest in bedside cabinets with drawers or ottomans with storage, beds with drawers underneath are handy or you can utilise storage boxes.


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