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All about autumn: Made in the Shade

Copious colours, a plethora of plains and a flourish of florals are available at Made in the Shade from an array of sought-after brands like Anne Mardell, Lisette, Bittermoon and Optimum (which can be customised to size and colour). A gorgeous range of accessories are also on full display at the counter. Create your wardrone from start to finish, whether you are loving or learning the labels.



Worthy of a princess: There’s a certain princess who would approve of the Anne Mardell Leia Tee in French Provence print (exclusive to the brand). Viscose spandex knit paired with a scoop neck and slim, a beautiful combination.



Big, bold and Brigit: The 100 percent wool Brigit coat from Anne Mardell is both stylish and snuggly. The cocoon shaped piece offers a flattering silhouette for the wearer. Take your pick of peacock, olive (pictured) or red.



Sculpting in sylvia: Bittermoon offers a shirt that hugs you in all the right places. The Sylvia swing top is sculpting, giving that subtle cinch effect at the waist. We’ll take one in every colour please!

Find Made in the Shade at 151A Colombo Street, Beckenham or phone (03) 332 1238.


Summer Selection: Made in the Shade

The fashion world always seems to be one step – or season – ahead. So, we have some great news, at Made in the Shade – summer is in!

The store is dancing in colour with its array of sought-after brands, in sizes 8 to 18, right at your fingertips like Anne Mardell, Optimum, Lisette and Bittermoon. Whether you are loving or learning these labels – your wardrobe will thank you.



Spotted in Spencer: Who doesn’t love a fun summer dress? Especially one you could pull off in the office or at the beach. The Spencer Dress by Anne Mardell comes in Caper green and red Sienna (pictured) – take your pick.









Distinctive in Delta: Anne Mardell has done it again with the Delta Dress and its V-neck, flatteringly ruched body, and lightly flared skirt in the exclusive Antwerp print. Be confident and cool at any summer event.







Star Quality: This 100% combed cotton, ¾ sleeve star top from Optimum is both cool and cosy. Offered in three colourways; it’s the perfect way to add a dash of colour and a hint of star quality to any outfit.






Find Made in the Shade at 151A Colombo Street, Beckenham or online. Phone 03 332 1238.


Winter warmers: Made in the Shade

We’re beginning to make the transition into long sleeves and cosy jackets and coats and that can only mean one thing… winter is fast approaching. Make Made in the Shade your one-stop shop to stock up on winterwear.


With lots of new stock and a focus on New Zealand made items, you can look fabulous and feel fabulous for supporting local labels. Enter the store and be inspired, with brands such as Anne Mardell, Optimum and Bittermoon on offer

Uma Culottes, Edna Tee & Cato Jacket: It was hard to single out just one item because everything in this outfit is fantastic. From office to outwear – this combination is perfect for your next occasion.



Karla Dress: This beautiful printed dress, made with fabrics from France, is exclusive to Anne Mardell. Not to mention, the extremely flattering shape that accentuates the body in all of the right places.


Grid Pattern Cardigan: This cardigan feels as soft as it looks. This light and comfortable cardigan is a must have this chilly season.


Fashion for fall

Autumn’s vivid and vibrant hues are beautifully showcased at Made in the Shade, with quality garments arriving instore daily.

Renowned for non-pilling, Optimum flaunts tops in the full colour spectrum, from black and whites, hot pinks and oranges, greens and ambers through to dashing horizontal stripes in the brightest candy colours.

Team an Optimum top and knitted scarf with a pair of Lisette/L pants for autumnal flair. Made in Montreal, Lisette/L pants are designed with different fibres front and back to flatten the tummy and lift the bottom, and with a fabulous selection of styles and colours in various fabrics and lengths, these pants are legs ahead of the rest.

New Zealand designer Anne Mardell welcomes autumn with skirts, dresses, business pants and culottes that are certain to turn heads.

This label prides itself on creating New Zealand made clothes of which many are of French fabric.

Meanwhile, Bittermoon and Blackstone flaunt an autumnal palette to delight the eye, while NYDJ jeans stay true to its label boast ‘Fit to be Sexy’.

Made in the Shade’s purest linen and cotton garments from Italy will have you travel in style and arrive at your destination looking relaxed, refreshed and the essence of elegance.

These natural fibred garments don’t require ironing and make packing a breeze.

With up to 70 percent off end-of-summer stock, there just might be a little bargain to take home with your autumn harvest.

Find Made in the Shade at 151a Colombo Street, phone 03 332 1238.


Colour for summer: Made in the Shade

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




Spring begins here: Made in the Shade

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




Celebrating the individual woman: Made in the Shade

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 and visit


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Winter Wow! Made in the Shade

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.


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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!


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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



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Summer’s Selections: Made in the Shade

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.”


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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.


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“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


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Beckenham’s fashion central: Made in the Shade

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!

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“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.


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“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

Phone 03-332 1238.