Talented and busy maker Samantha Jones lives in Wellington with her husband and two boys, and has a third baby boy on the way. Working two part-time jobs as well as raising her youngsters, she sews at night when the world is asleep. “My mum raised six girls on her own and taught us how to be resourceful – that’s for sure! All of my sisters are clever and can make cool things, and I would love to open up a little shop one day full of our family’s creations.”
Nana Sakaguchi of Hena Hena has a passion for giving vintage kimonos new lives and letting them shine again. Compared to designing and making clothes from new fabrics, upcycling these beautiful items needs a lot of extra work. However Nana believes this is a worthwhile task: to pass on the beauty of Japanese kimonos to future generations as wearable and useful items.
Through her work as textile artist and eco dyer, Karen Williamson of Nuku finds a spiritual connection to the land and its changing seasons. Using only natural resources, foraged from the local Kaipara landscape, Karen infuses prints of leaves, petals, seeds and bark into natural fibres to create a unique range of scarves, clothing and gifts. The name Nuku comes from te reo Māori, meaning earth. Karen lives in rural Kaiwaka and is building a sustainable lifestyle on a half-acre section with her husband, Luke.
From unique accessories to handmade haute couture, Felt is a goldmine for style leaders and the fashion conscious, so if you’ve got a fashionista to buy for this Christmas, you’re in the right place! Take a look at what we’ve lined up on our all-Kiwi-made Gifts for Fashionistas runway this year…
Costume, character and crafts(wo)manship: the leatherwork of Kay Buchanan
Kay Buchanan of Leather Creations has always had a passion for the arts – be it music, craft, painting, drawing, photography, theatre, costuming or film. Add to this a deep commitment to the ethics of her work and the inspiration of living in Aotearoa, and the result is her truly beautiful, fantastical range of leather and textile clothing and accessories.
Is there a better between-seasons garment than the hoodie? The perfect extra layer to deal with cool mornings and evenings when the days are warming, it’ll even keep your ears warm and hair dry if you’re caught out in a spring shower.
From unique accessories to handmade haute couture, Felt is a goldmine for style leaders and the fashion conscious. So if you’ve got a serious style fiend or fabulous fashionista to buy for this Christmas, you’re in the right place!
Bizarre bras and skating samurai – must be WOW time again…
Spring has come to fashion on Felt, with a fresh range of gorgeous handmade New Zealand womenswear.