Friday, October 24, 2014

{ This Week in the Office }

It's that time of the year again! Emma has been working alongside our photographer Tony, shooting all of the new product for our winter 2015 catalogue. We can't wait to share the collection properly with you all, but for now it is still top secret...

Thursday, October 23, 2014



I have always had a love of illustration, particularly children's illustration, where you often see some of the most adventurous, imaginative and charming art work. Who hasn't been effected by one or more wonderful books in your childhood that you will always remember? 

It's something I would very much like to do one day: write and illustrate my own children's book. 

This is the first post of a monthly blog about Illustration.

Recently, I discovered this wonderful illustrator, Abner Graboff. Born in 1919 to Russian immigrants, he lived in New Jersey and was at his most prolific in the mid century. 

As was sort of the trend at this time, he often used a minimal colour palette for his illustrations. He seems to have a great sense of humour, and definitely understands children and their free and unconstrained imaginations!

The pictures above are a very small sample of his work.  


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

{ Colour of the Week }

Imogen has been busy putting together a new colour palette for our summer 2015/16 collection, and was finding it difficult to create a limited palette. There are just too many beautiful colours to choose from! We seem to have this problem at the start of every new season. We think this colour palette may be our biggest one yet!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

{ For the Love of It }

Last Friday night I was fortunate enough to be awarded a bronze for my ‘Shadow Mirror’ design at the Best Awards. The Best Awards is an initiative of the Designers Institute of New Zealand and is the annual showcase of excellence in graphic, spatial, product and interactive design.

Matt Holmes, creative director of innovation at Nike HQ took away the coveted John Britten Black Pin. This celebrated his significant success in the field of design both nationally and internationally.

It was a great event to be part of – the Viaduct Events Centre was awash with over 1300 designers having a good old-fashioned knees up, and I highly recommend heading along to one if you get the chance.

It feels great to be a part of the flourishing design community in New Zealand, and to get a pat on the back on the awards night was very humbling.


Monday, October 20, 2014

{ Inspired By }

I came across this awesome looking book online the other day and as usual got inspired about yummy food-related things! Maybe I'll pack in my design career and start up a food truck! What shall I make for dinner!? I wonder if the book contains many vegetarian recipies?! etc etc. Nice one Raph Rashid, I'm definitely Hungry For That.

~ Amy