Meet Allbirds. A groundbreaking kiwi idea involving a magical kiwi fibre, bought to life collaborating with San Francisco tech brains and Italian textile mills. The result is, legitimately, the most comfortable shoe in the world. (I have a pair. They are my inside slippers / outside slippers / out and about shoes ….) Allbirds are runners made from NZ merino wool. This means they are warm in the winter and cool in the summer (that is called “breathable”). They wick away moisture (which means no smelliness) , you can wear them sockless (MY
I remember my first post about Polli was only 6 months after launching Studio Home ….making that almost 9 years ago! Over the years, amid a rapidly growing Australasian design industry AND a shrinking global market the brand has remained incredibly true to their distinctive Polli aesthetic. This is something that has not only grown them a super loyal customer and stockist roll but also ensured their production remains based in Australia. Here we take a look at their latest designs across their metal and wood ranges. Fun, bold and creative!
In a direct knee jerk response to my rejection of anything too form fitting AND mission to release myself from the chains of “all black all the time” dressing ….. I ALWAYS open the kowtow newsletters to see whats on offer. Their most recent drop (they aim to please with their constant release of product!) I spotted the casual/cool/boxy but flowy/patterned but neutral gear that to me screams the kowtow aesthetic I love! So I thought you might enjoy it too! There is a lot more of this to browse online
The honest to goodness great design and quality of all Mavis + Osborn products is sweetened even more so by the fact that designer; Tamzin Hawkins has kept to her mission of remaining New Zealand made. With the brands growth into homeware and general high quality lifestyle offerings in small runs; the focus of operating as an ethical and sustainable business using local makers remains critical. Something to be respected for sure! This latest collection casts beautiful natural fibres (linen, leather, wool and cotton canvas) over lifestyle basics you barely knew
I am SO excited to finally be sharing with you the result of my latest TEAM.WORK collaboration project! Good things take time my friends! It is such a personal thrill to get the opportunity to step beyond the blog and actually brainstorm ideas with the independent brands/designers/artists that I admire so much. For this new project, Betony Dircks and Kelly Elkin were the design stars that accepted the challenge to help me come good on my dream delivering you guys the BEST PJ’s EVER! For them – its not such a hard task
Amy Clarke; the designer behind Auckland based MyLarke went back to the drawing board recently when considering not only her next collection but also her process. With a successful 10 years as an independent brand (with a large and loyal international audience via Etsy) MyLarke has branched out sideways, placing a focus on the lifestyles and needs of their customers. Personal Space was recently launched with an offering of handmade robes and cushions with fluid and fun embroidery including; most importantly, the option to be personalised through consultation with Amy. Take
Despite the fact the Winter is really still only dragging its feet in the door ….Spring and all its festive fun, is technically only a month away! Which is why this unrestrained collaboration bursting with pizzazz between Leititia Green and Murley and Co NEEDS to be shared now! The wonderful multi disciplinary artist; Letitia Green (who we introduced to you here) has joined forces with top creative milliner; Carla Murley to release a limited 8 piece collection of playful, patterned headpieces. They will be available exclusively through Carla’s studio and are part
Good & Co. need little introduction from me. They have been a very familiar face (of the silky scarf variety) around Studio Home for many years! My spot in the industry down under has given me a super unique position to watch the evolution of many a brand, and I’m always surprised at the personal satisfaction I gain from witnessing their growth – both in terms of popularity AND product offering. Designer Lillie Toogood consistently gives me these good vibes with the release of each collection ! East Coast/West Coast might
Imagery above by Ophelia Mikkelson for Thisby and Solomon ….. Welcome to world of Thisby and Solomon, a New Zealand jewellery label dedicated to the celebration of the simple, the precious and the organic. I was recently introduced to them via one of the divine email newsletters that I receive as a subscriber of Auckland store/online mecca; Tessuti. Store owner Ali and her team have been visiting the studio’s of their makers/stockists and sharing their stories with us through rich, personal photographic posts on their blog. (Explore them here!) As a
Rain protection – something you can’t really do without in our part of the world, especially over the winter months. Mushama + Me has been addressing this issue for sometime and their latest collection of waterproofed vintage fabrics are both fun AND being offered in new designs.! You can take a good browse online here – my particular favourite is the Urban Bike Cape. Imagery supplied by and used with permission of Mushama + Me Photography by Matt Queree …..