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NZ Fashion Designers to Have on Your Radar

NZ Fashion Designers to Have on Your Radar

New Zealand “have been making waves internationally with designers such as Karen Walker, Kate Sylvester and Zambesi often seen sitting pretty on the likes of Meghan Markle and Gigi Hadid,” writes Isabelle Truman in…

Allbirds Goes Poolside in Sugarcane

Allbirds Goes Poolside in Sugarcane

They’re the company famed for creating the “world’s most comfortable shoes”. And now Allbirds, co-created by New Zealand born entrepreneur Tim Brown, has launched a pair of jandals expected to be just as popular…

New Fashion Role for Riverdale’s KJ Apa

New Fashion Role for Riverdale’s KJ Apa

New Zealander KJ Apa, 21, returns to his role as heartthrob Archie Andrews in the American series Riverdale in October, but the Auckland-born actor has been having quite the busy summer in the lead-up…

Air NZ Serving Bill Gates-Backed Impossible Burger

Air NZ Serving Bill Gates-Backed Impossible Burger

Famous chefs have said they’d never eat on a plane, and airline food in general has a bad reputation for not being healthy (or good). But passengers may look forward to their meals on…

Tim Brown of Allbirds Shares His Sneaker Secrets

Tim Brown of Allbirds Shares His Sneaker Secrets

New Zealander Tim Brown, co-founder of Allbirds, the running shoe brand beloved by the likes of Mila Kunis, Jennifer Garner and Emma Watson, has revealed the very unique secret behind his minimalist designs. Brown teamed…

Scott Brannigan’s Wood-Fired Bread a Rising Star

Scott Brannigan’s Wood-Fired Bread a Rising Star

Plenty of restaurants around Australia are creating unique sourdough breads these days. It’s a welcome development. But in a delightful example of chicken and egg, New Zealander Scott Brannigan’s Bread in Common is a restaurant…

Seven Dishes You Have to Eat in New Zealand

Seven Dishes You Have to Eat in New Zealand

Nostalgic dishes are an essential part of experiencing the wild and wonderful South Pacific dreamland, that is New Zealand and various interpretations on the classics can be found in both formal and casual establishments…

Jessica McCormack Takes Diamonds to New Height

Jessica McCormack Takes Diamonds to New Height

“We started out with the idea of a diamond tennis bracelet, but then I said no, we can do something better than that,” says New Zealand jewellery designer Jessica McCormack of the private commission…

Adelaide’s Clement + Herron a New Standout

Adelaide’s Clement + Herron a New Standout

New Zealand-born Sam Ferguson and Nadia Carrington have just opened Clement + Herron in Adelaide, and it is one of Broadsheet’s “best openings of 2018 so far”. “On a strip better known for its snack…

Picton’s Seumus’s Up for Irish Bar Award

Picton’s Seumus’s Up for Irish Bar Award

As part of the Irish Pub Of The Year awards, there are a few categories that recognise the good work put in by Irish pubs that don’t actually exist within Ireland, including a pub…

Maggie Hewitt’s Overnight Success

Maggie Hewitt’s Overnight Success

“Within a year of her graduation, Maggie Hewitt’s fashion brand had gone global.” Patty Huntington spoke to the New Zealand designer about her fashion journey “from novice to Net-a-Porter”. She reports for the

Farmer Rick Scoones Supplying Perth’s Eateries

Farmer Rick Scoones Supplying Perth’s Eateries

New Zealander Rick Scoones, one suspects, doesn’t have troubles getting a table at many of Perth’s better restaurants. As the public face behind Warren Grange Horticulture – the heirloom vegetable farm he and his…

Meeting Jenny Dobson a Pioneer of the Médoc

Meeting Jenny Dobson a Pioneer of the Médoc

Jenny Dobson is a New Zealander considered to have been one of the first female cellar masters in the Médoc and who was subsequently nicknamed the ‘queen of red wine blending’ for her consultant…

Get Summery with Emilia Wickstead and Matches

Get Summery with Emilia Wickstead and Matches

Auckland-born designer Emilia Wickstead’s summer-ready capsule collection – a collaboration with Matches Fashion – is recommended by Singapore Tatler. “British-based Wickstead, 34, creates her first vacation collection in partnership with e-retailer

Activewear Brand Dead Studios Impresses Influencers

Activewear Brand Dead Studios Impresses Influencers

Activewear is expected to outsell luxury fashion within two years, and Australian labels are expanding aggressively and gaining recognition around the world, impressing celebrities and influencers alike. New Zealand-founded Dead Studios is riding the…

NZ Wine Wows With Surprises

NZ Wine Wows With Surprises

“’The speed of change in New Zealand wine leaves me breathless,’ writes Elin McCoy after visiting the country for tastings earlier this year.” McCoy reports for Decanter. New Zealand always seems…

Ascot Nod for Emilia Wickstead Vida Jumpsuit

Ascot Nod for Emilia Wickstead Vida Jumpsuit

Sophie, Countess of Wessex was the first royal to trial Ascot’s latest dress code amendment, wearing a wide-legged turquoise jumpsuit designed by New Zealander Emilia Wickstead. Admittedly, it was perhaps the most unjumpsuit-y of jumpsuits,…

NZ Rookie Maggie Hewitt Hits the Roof in NY

NZ Rookie Maggie Hewitt Hits the Roof in NY

While there are some big names showing in the Big Apple (Prada, for one), New Zealander Maggie Hewitt took the leap to show her two-year-old Maggie Marilyn label at the city’s recent fashion week. It…

Head to Covent Garden’s GBK on Maiden Lane

Head to Covent Garden’s GBK on Maiden Lane

“Feeling a bit peckish but don’t know what you’re in the mood for? We’re so spoilt for choice in London it’s hard to know where to start, so here’s a street full of restaurants…

Chef of the Year Jess Murphy’s Summer Cooking Tips

Chef of the Year Jess Murphy’s Summer Cooking Tips

Recently named Best Chef in Ireland, Jess Murphy – co-owner of Kai Café and Restaurant in Galway – offers delicious savoury and sweet recipes to make throughout the summer. “Being a New Zealander, I can’t…

Georgia Pratt on Non-Stretch Denim for Every Body

Georgia Pratt on Non-Stretch Denim for Every Body

“I think I’ve had quite a hard time at different phases in my life,” New Zealand model Georgia Pratt tells Vogue, looking back at her long history with denim. “When I was in middle school,…

Karl Lagerfeld and Muse Stella Maxwell Team Up

Karl Lagerfeld and Muse Stella Maxwell Team Up

Supermodel and Victoria Secret’s Angel Stella Maxwell, 28, who was discovered at Otago University, has been enlisted by Karl Lagerfeld to be the face of his new make-up range. Lagerfeld, Chanel’s creative director, launched his…

Look Forward to Summer Dressing by Emilia Wickstead

Look Forward to Summer Dressing by Emilia Wickstead

The easy elegance of Emilia Wickstead’s resort collection fulfils all Vogue Australia’s holiday desires. The magazine declares the New Zealand-born designer will have you wishing it was summer. In the world of Emilia Wickstead, the…

Look Ahead to Summer with FT’s Shannon Gibson

Look Ahead to Summer with FT’s Shannon Gibson

You know the woman. She always looks good. Comfortable and yet elegant, she floats around the office with the nonchalance of someone who knows they’ve nailed their look. Most impressively, she’s got summer style…

Next Level Māori Cuisine with Monique Fiso

Next Level Māori Cuisine with Monique Fiso

As part of the month-long Los Angeles Times Food Bowl series, chefs New Zealander Monique Fiso and American Timothy Hollingsworth will collaborate on a dinner featuring a seasonal menu using local ingredients and focused on…

Designer Blair Archibald Nails Fashion Week

Designer Blair Archibald Nails Fashion Week

In a “brilliant debut show” at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, New Zealand-born designer Blair Archibald “announces himself as a serious talent,” Nicholas Carolan writes for Grazia. “Anticipation around Archibald’s Resort 2019 presentation has been quietly…

New Rebecca Taylor Store Opens in California

New Rebecca Taylor Store Opens in California

With $600 in her wallet, New Zealand native Rebecca Taylor moved to New York with dreams of starting a fashion line. She cut and sewed at a Brooklyn kitchen table that she built herself….

Emilia Wickstead on Dressing the Royal Family

Emilia Wickstead on Dressing the Royal Family

New Zealand-born fashion designer Emilia Wickstead, a favourite of Meghan Markle and the Duchess of Cambridge, is showing a collaboration with MATCHESFASHION.COM at Fashion Week Australia on 15 May. She…

Rochelle Canteen’s Margot Henderson Gets Serious

Rochelle Canteen’s Margot Henderson Gets Serious

In October 2017, New Zealander Margot Henderson and her British business partner Melanie Arnold, proprietors of Rochelle Canteen in the Shoreditch neighbourhood of East London, set up a second outpost on the ground floor…

Frances Schoemack’s Abel a Worthy Investment

Frances Schoemack’s Abel a Worthy Investment

Vegan perfume lovers must not only avoid fragrances made with extracts of milk, honey, leather and beeswax, but also secretions from animals used to mark their territories, which are often used as fixatives to…

You Should Be Following Mr Essentialist

You Should Be Following Mr Essentialist

New York-based New Zealander Alexander Atkins has been on the radar of online lifestyle magazine Opumo for sometime now as the fashion and grooming blogger, who operates under the pseudonym of Mr Essentialist, continues…

Titu’s Head Chef Jeff Tyler Impresses Reviewer

Titu’s Head Chef Jeff Tyler Impresses Reviewer

New Zealand-born Jeff Tyler, who is head chef at London’s new restaurant Titu, has just proved reviewer Tim Hayward of the Financial Times wrong. “I wasn’t really expecting Titu to be that good,” Hayward…

Celebrity Chefs Track Down NZ’s Ulster Scots

Celebrity Chefs Track Down NZ’s Ulster Scots

Michelin-starred chefs Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn from Ireland and Scotland respectively, take a visit to New Zealand for their popular television series Paul and Nick’s Big Food Trip. The pair embark on a culinary…

Model Fran Robertson Wins Vegas Pin-Up Pageant

Model Fran Robertson Wins Vegas Pin-Up Pageant

Makeup artist Fran Robertson, who also creates colourful costumes and dresses, has been crowned Miss Viva Las Vegas Pin-Up 2018 at the hugely popular Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend. The event is said to be…

To the Bottom of the World for Single Malt Whisky

To the Bottom of the World for Single Malt Whisky

News website Daily Beast sends drinks writer Dave Broom to one of the world’s southernmost distilleries, the Cardrona Distillery, to see how New Zealand’s whisky industry is developing. “It might seem strange that a country…

Sampling the Goodness of Nigel Ludlow’s EVOI Wines

Sampling the Goodness of Nigel Ludlow’s EVOI Wines

“Divine providence took its time before arriving on Nigel Ludlow’s doorstep. New Zealand born and educated, initially with a Bachelor of Science Degree in nutrition (useful for his early career as a triathlete), he…

Sailing for Everyone Says Yacht Maker Ron Holland

Sailing for Everyone Says Yacht Maker Ron Holland

The gleaming yachts moored in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour are indelibly tied to wealth. Ron Holland would appear to fit the bill. The sailor’s 33-metre yacht Avalon, which he designed, is valued at a jaw-dropping…

How the Kiwi Changed New York’s Food Scene

How the Kiwi Changed New York’s Food Scene

New York “first embraced global ingredients in the early ’80s, and the rest of the world followed suit.” And the “Kiwi was the gateway drug,” writes Ligaya Mishan in an article for

London Roaster Kurt Stewart Makes Coffee Accessible

London Roaster Kurt Stewart Makes Coffee Accessible

Former chef New Zealand-born Kurt Stewart, founder of Volcano Coffee Works, arrived in London over two decades ago, and was surprised by how little access there was to decent versions of his favourite drink. “Back…

How the Flat White Conquered UK Coffee Scene

How the Flat White Conquered UK Coffee Scene

Latte, Americano, cappuccino … the flat white might be relatively new to the scene (and sound less glamorous), but it now amounts for about 10 per cent of UK coffee sales, according to The…

Ben Shewry Has Transformed Australian Dining

Ben Shewry Has Transformed Australian Dining

“The restaurant’s name will be a single word: stark, vaguely industrial, somewhat meaningless. There will be some sort of sculptural tartare on the menu, and probably a kingfish ceviche. Saltbush and kangaroo and finger…

Unique Zenkuro Sake Brewery Turning Heads

Unique Zenkuro Sake Brewery Turning Heads

New Zealand is famous for its award-winning wines, but now the country’s first and only sake brewery, Zenkuro Sake in Queenstown, is making a name for itself on the world stage.

Chef Mark Simmons Runs the Show at NY’s Kiwiana

Chef Mark Simmons Runs the Show at NY’s Kiwiana

At the height of global protests against President Donald Trump’s immigration ban last year, New York restaurateur and chef Mark Simmons decided to add a personal message to the bottom of his customer bills…

Jessica McCormack’s Mayfair Magic at Any Budget

Jessica McCormack’s Mayfair Magic at Any Budget

The 19th-century Mayfair townhouse filled with contemporary art and antiques; the gobstopper-sized diamonds that populate her Instagram feed, the celebrity fan-base including the likes of Liv Tyler and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley…

Karen Walker’s Monumental Challenge to Masculinity

Karen Walker’s Monumental Challenge to Masculinity

Israel Adesanya, 28, a UFC fighter, stars in a new fashion campaign for New Zealand designer Karen Walker, in which the pair tackles the concept of masculinity while promoting Walker’s new eyewear collection. While most…

In the Two Paddocks Man Cave with Sam Neill

In the Two Paddocks Man Cave with Sam Neill

Peaky Blinders star Sam Neill speaks to the Financial Times about his New Zealand oasis, Jacinda Ardern and tech titans buying bolt holes against catastrophe. At Two Paddocks, the vineyard and farm which Neill bought…

8 Degrees’ Brewer Scott Baigent an Irish Favourite

8 Degrees’ Brewer Scott Baigent an Irish Favourite

“If you were to run a poll about Ireland’s best loved New Zealander, there’s no doubt that a certain Mr J Schmidt would enjoy a greater landslide than a Russian election victory,” according to…

Model Lili Sumner Shares Top Beauty Secrets

Model Lili Sumner Shares Top Beauty Secrets

Whether she’s walking the runways of Miu Miu and Sonia Rykiel or gracing the inside pages of W, New Zealand-born model Lili Sumner has quickly become one of the most recognisable faces in fashion. Known…

Treading Grapes With Angela Osborne in California

Treading Grapes With Angela Osborne in California

California didn’t always produce top-quality Grenache, but these Central Coast growers, including New Zealand-born Angela Osborne, are changing that by focusing on varietal bottlings to produce terroir-driven wines on par with top-shelf Pinot Noirs…

Auckland Is Becoming a Global Dining Powerhouse

Auckland Is Becoming a Global Dining Powerhouse

“Rather than thinking of Auckland as a progressive cultural hub, people envision its glistening harbors, lush green mountains, and untouched islands just off its coastline. But Auckland has become one of the most innovative…

Doughnut Maker Adam Wills a Trailblazer in UK

Doughnut Maker Adam Wills a Trailblazer in UK

Artisanal doughnut and coffee chain Crosstown Doughnuts, co-founded by New Zealander Adam Wills, is at the forefront of the decadent craze in London. Now with seven locations throughout England’s capital city,

Emilia Wickstead Launches Activewear Range

Emilia Wickstead Launches Activewear Range

New Zealander Emilia Wickstead – she of knock-‘em-dead evening dresses and, most recently, bridalwear fame – has branched out into activewear in a collaboration with Britain’s premier health and fitness facility, Bodyism. “It’s important for…

Kester Black’s Anna Ross a Cosmetics Game Changer

Kester Black’s Anna Ross a Cosmetics Game Changer

No formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene, parabens, fragrances, phthalates, sulfates, palm oil, petrochemicals or animal-derived or tested ingredients; must be made here and a goal to be fair trade certified (or a…

Chefs Margot and Fergus Henderson Chat to the Times

Chefs Margot and Fergus Henderson Chat to the Times

Margot Henderson, 53, and her husband, Fergus, 54, recently spoke with the Sunday Times on their whirlwind courtship and coping with his Parkinson’s. Margot said that she first heard of her future husband through a…

Exploring New Zealand’s Paradise for Wine Lovers

Exploring New Zealand’s Paradise for Wine Lovers

“The Marlborough Sounds is a system of ancient river valleys that have filled up with seawater from the Pacific Ocean,” writes Victoria Moore in an article for The Telegraph. “As…

Sparrow Restaurant Spearheading Culinary Renaissance in Lewisham

Sparrow Restaurant Spearheading Culinary Renaissance in Lewisham

Fine dining establishment Sparrow “is gaining a name for itself for spearheading a culinary renaissance in Lewisham with its focus on high-quality small platters and British produce,” writes Calum Fraser in an article for…