If The Knit Fits
As is typical for New Zealand, our winter tends to stick around for longer than the calendar dictates. And so it is time to strap your wardrobe in for the long haul and invest in some quality knitwear, sure to get you through the chilly months ahead.
Whether it be turtlenecks, cardigans or oversized sweaters, choosing a natural fibre will ensure you stay snug without feeling suffocated. Merino, cashmere or a wool blend are the go-tos for a toasty winter and local luxe brand, Moochi, has got your sorted this season. Their Collected Sweater gives you a classic high-neck look made from 100 percent merino, while their Avail Sweater (see right) will add a splash of colour to your wardrobe with the versatility of a reversible neckline. If you’re looking for something a little more luxurious, the Collect Hood gives you a casual style with the opulence of being made wholly of cashmere.
By Appointment Only
Love the idea of having a personal stylist, but thought it was something only the rich and famous have? Well dream no more, because local online designer store, Rein, have just opened the doors to their boutique showroom, offering customers bespoke one-on-one styling sessions by appointment only.
Stocking coveted brands such as For Love & Lemons, Bec & Bridge and Peony Swimwear, Rein’s founder Gabrielle Oldfield wanted to take her two-year-old store to the next level by offering customers a more tailored and personal experience. Shoppers can book through their online booking system and will be prompted to answer a series of questions designed to customise the appointment as much as possible.
During the session, customers will try on the latest season from designer brands, while being treated to a range of refreshments. Oldfield describes the purpose of the personalised appointments as a way to help customers shop more sustainably: “It allows us to fully understand a customer’s wardrobe needs. As a result, customers buy smarter, less often and more sustainably.”
A Natural Affair
Cotton is one of the most commonly used natural fibres in the world, with its use as a fabric being traced back to 6000 BCE. Since then, a lot has changed, including the introduction of fertilisers and pesticides in its production, which accounts for 99 percent of the world’s cotton. So when it comes to cotton underwear, it is a little uncomfortable to think about fabric that has been produced using harsh chemicals, being so close to such an intimate area.
Kiwi brand, Allbirds, turned to nature to look for an organic alternative to the usual cotton undies and along came their new material Trino™. Combining cooling and breathable Eucalyptus Tree material with lush New Zealand merino wool, both of which are responsibly sourced, Trino™ is not only better on your body, but also better for the planet. Available in bralettes, briefs, shorts and thongs in a range of colours, you can now feel better about what you wear down there.