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That Little Emilia Wickstead Point of Difference

That Little Emilia Wickstead Point of Difference

Over the past half decade, New Zealand-born Emilia Wickstead has emerged as London’s go-to designer for occasion dressing. Her ability to find inspiration in 1950s and 1960s couture salons and the candy-coloured society ladies…

Makeup Artist Aaron De Mey Minimalist at London Fashion Week

Makeup Artist Aaron De Mey Minimalist at London Fashion Week

New Zealand-born, New York-based makeup artist Aaron De Mey was backstage at Irish designer J.W. Anderson’s show for London Fashion Week crafting pure looks and “matte fragility”. “We’re really trying to amplify a no-makeup state…

Denim Designer Simon Miller Reshaping Californian Brand

Denim Designer Simon Miller Reshaping Californian Brand

Wellington-born designer Simon Miller, men’s creative director at premium denim brand Citizens of Humanity in Los Angeles, talks to Monocle about his new role and plans for the label’s future. “I’ve been living my life…

Possums Adding Value to Elver’s Backpacks

Possums Adding Value to Elver’s Backpacks

“When Kiwi footwear and accessories start-up Elver launched last year the brand faced a dilemma: manufacturers can’t produce small batches without extraordinary costs. The firm decided to capitalize on the availability of…

The Musket Room Challenges Assumptions of Kiwi Food

The Musket Room Challenges Assumptions of Kiwi Food

Amelia Lester writes for The New Yorker restaurant column this week about Australasian cuisine, with a focus on the Musket Room, the highly acclaimed restaurant of New Zealander Matt Lambert. She writes of the growing…

Hairdressing a Terrific Career for Beijing-Based Bill Watson

Hairdressing a Terrific Career for Beijing-Based Bill Watson

Former Wellingtonian Bill Watson, international education and artistic director for Toni & Guy China, is loving life in Beijing. “It’s where things are happening,” he tells New Zealand Herald journalist Janetta Mackay. Watson says working…

Nervous Cumbrian Brewer Matt Clarke Sends Pale Ale Home

Nervous Cumbrian Brewer Matt Clarke Sends Pale Ale Home

Head brewer at Cumbria’s Hawkshead Brewery in England, Whanganui-born Matt Clarke, sent a New Zealand Pale Ale (NZPA) to Wellington for the 21st birthday celebration of renowned bar The Malthouse, as part…

Bill Nancarrow a Mainstay on Napa Valley Vintner Scene

Bill Nancarrow a Mainstay on Napa Valley Vintner Scene

Originally from the Hawke’s Bay, Bill Nancarrow, 45, has made sauvignon blanc fit for President Obama and escorted Ryan Seacrest and U2’s The Edge on private winetasting tours. The New Zealand Herald’s Leena Tailor…

St. John Regular Sam Neill Bemoans the French Wine List

St. John Regular Sam Neill Bemoans the French Wine List

Actor Sam Neill has been frequenting London’s St. John restaurant for nearly 20 years, and while he’s obsessed with the place his greatest passion is reserved for New Zealand vineyards. “Neill is an oenophile and…

Nadia Lim Hits the Road to Discover NZ’s Best Local Produce

Nadia Lim Hits the Road to Discover NZ’s Best Local Produce

Nadia Lim – 2011 New Zealand MasterChef winner – has premiered her new eight-part series New Zealand with Nadia Lim on the Asian Food Channel. Lim’s quest to discover the best local produce took…

Australia’s Top Restaurant Run by New Zealander Ben Shewry

Australia’s Top Restaurant Run by New Zealander Ben Shewry

Melbourne’s Attica, run by New Zealander Ben Shewry, has been named Australia’s top restaurant at this year’s annual Gourmet Traveller awards. Attica is one of Melbourne’s premium fine dining restaurants, offering carefully crafted meals with…

Lingerie Designer Manuka Clarke Reinvigorating US Company

Lingerie Designer Manuka Clarke Reinvigorating US Company

When New Zealand-born designer Manuka Clarke purchased Californian lingerie company Farr West in January, she wanted to reinvigorate the company’s classic designs while keeping all production in the United States at the highest quality…

Mulling over Pinot Noir Memories at Te Whare Ra

Mulling over Pinot Noir Memories at Te Whare Ra

Memories are made of New Zealand pinot noir, and one recent memory in particular, according to Tim White of the Australian Financial Review, is the 2012 pinot from Marlborough vineyard Te Whare Ra. “When I…

Jeweller to the Stars Jessica McCormack Picks Her Favourite Haunts

Jeweller to the Stars Jessica McCormack Picks Her Favourite Haunts

Jessica McCormack is a New Zealand-born jeweller based in London. Among the fans of her hand-crafted, fine-diamond pieces are Carine Roitfeld and Rihanna. McCormack picks her favourite stores and eateries for the…

Designer Annah Stretton to Show at London Fashion Week Event

Designer Annah Stretton to Show at London Fashion Week Event

New Zealander Annah Stretton is one of five international designers selected to showcase their collections at this year’s London Fashion Week opening event – Splendours of the Commonwealth 2014. At the September event,…

Ben Lewis a Finalist in Prestigious UK Interior Design Awards

Ben Lewis a Finalist in Prestigious UK Interior Design Awards

Ben Lewis, of family-owned furniture and design company Trenzseater (pictured right with father, Mark), was a finalist in the prestigious London-based Andrew Martin Interior Designer of the Year Award. Previous winners include British…

Designer Virginia Star Busmann Inspired by Dutch Aesthetics

Designer Virginia Star Busmann Inspired by Dutch Aesthetics

Formerly of Auckland, designer Virginia Star Busmann is the owner of Forestry at Home, a Netherlands-based woollen blanket producer, which sells plaid throws woven at a mill in Lithuania but made from…

Roy Stuart Shapes the World’s Most Expensive Surfboard

Roy Stuart Shapes the World’s Most Expensive Surfboard

New Zealand surfboard designer Roy Stuart has created the world’s most expensive surfboard. Priced at a cool $1.3 million, ‘The Rampant’ is painted with 23-karat gold and made from glossy timber said to…

How World War Changed Women’s Fashion

How World War Changed Women’s Fashion

An exhibition called The Way We Wore – In Service and On The Street, which has begun online at the New Zealand Fashion Museum, is one of many such exhibits on now throughout…

New Zealand Wine Favoured by British

New Zealand Wine Favoured by British

New Zealand can claim another victory over Australians with research showing British wine drinkers prefer New Zealand vino to theirs. New Zealand is now the second most popular country of origin for premium wine sold…

The Musket Room Offers Impeccable New Zealand Cuisine

The Musket Room Offers Impeccable New Zealand Cuisine

“The Musket Room serves New Zealand cuisine with an impeccable presentation, adding a bit of whimsy with touches, such as edible flowers. And it is shaking things up with a revamped cocktail menu”…

Meringue Girl Pipes Bite-Size Treats for London’s Feast

Meringue Girl Pipes Bite-Size Treats for London’s Feast

Growing up in Auckland, co-founder of London’s Meringue Girls Stacey O’Gorman, says from a young age she has always had a passion for food. O’Gorman met Meringue Girls co-founder Alex Hoffler while…

Lagerfeld’s Bride Steps out in Maternity Chanel

Lagerfeld’s Bride Steps out in Maternity Chanel

Maternity wear just got a whole lot chicer – and more expensive – thanks to Auckland-raised model Ashleigh Good who closed the Chanel Haute Couture show in Paris during what appears to be her…

Educating Brazilians about the Art of Coffee

Educating Brazilians about the Art of Coffee

Former Aucklander Marco Kerkmeester, owner of Sao Pãulo-based coffee chain Santo Grão, currently employs more than 200 people across seven stores, and he has grand plans for up to 40 more cafés…

Project Runway Spot for Taranaki Designer

Project Runway Spot for Taranaki Designer

Fashion designer Sean Kelly, 25, from Hawera, is the first ever New Zealander chosen to compete on hit American television show Project Runway, hosted by German supermodel Heidi Klum. Kelly’s mother Margaret said he was…

I Love Ugly to Open Store in LA

I Love Ugly to Open Store in LA

Founders of menswear label I Love Ugly have reluctantly stepped into the spotlight as they prepare to go global. The New Zealand entrepreneurs are about to open their first international store in LA on…

Flat White Emblematic of Berlin’s Coffee Evolution

Flat White Emblematic of Berlin’s Coffee Evolution

The flat white has transformed cafés in Germany’s capital Berlin, with the city’s “dreary drip brew and morbid Milchkaffee” fast becoming a thing of the past. New Zealander Shannon Campbell – owner of café

Margot Henderson Remembers Childhood’s Odd Foods

Margot Henderson Remembers Childhood’s Odd Foods

“Margot Henderson is a lauded chef, cookery writer and the co-owner of Rochelle Canteen. First establishing herself at the French House in Soho, she is one of the pioneers of the seasonal…

Thai Street-Food Heaven in London

Thai Street-Food Heaven in London

Owner of London restaurant The Begging Bowl, New Zealand chef Jane Alty has it “sussed” according to Independent reviewer Lisa Markwell. “We’ve got in just under the wire, as lunch is served till…

Manhattan Chef a Big Believer in Planting for the Kitchen

Manhattan Chef a Big Believer in Planting for the Kitchen

Executive chef Matt Lambert, of Michelin award-winning New York restaurant The Musket Room, is a big believer in planting herbs, vegetables and flowers for cooking. At his Manhattan eatery, he grows six types of…

Tokyo Haunts for Sampling Our Finest

Tokyo Haunts for Sampling Our Finest

New Zealand cuisine is well represented in Tokyo with a number of restaurants in Japan’s megapolis serving lamb cutlets, clay pot hangi-cooked meat and green-lipped mussels. There are two large eateries in Tokyo serving New…

Raina Ticks All the Right Boxes at NY’s DNA

Raina Ticks All the Right Boxes at NY’s DNA

Nelson teenager Raina Masters has signed with top New York agency DNA, which launched the careers of supermodels Linda Evangelista and Alessandra Ambrosi. Nelson photographer Storm Tuiva scouted out the Nayland College student for her…

Kiwi Jeweller Gets His Handles on Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Coach

Kiwi Jeweller Gets His Handles on Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Coach

The Queen took her first ride in the new Diamond Jubilee state coach yesterday, parts of which were Kiwi made. The coach’s first journey took the Queen to the State Opening of Parliament. The coach is…

New Bridal Collection Celebrates Less Is More

New Bridal Collection Celebrates Less Is More

Couture and bridal wear New Zealand designer Johanna Johnson – whose Vaudeville gown Chanel model Kendall Jenner wore as bridesmaid to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s May wedding – has launched a new affordable…

Moaroom a Shining Presence in Parisian Furniture Market

Moaroom a Shining Presence in Parisian Furniture Market

New Zealand design “has a shining presence in the Parisian furniture market” with Roderick Fry’s  Moaroom, a store instrumental in the successful promotion of designers such as David Trubridge. Fry launched Moaroom in 2005 with…

Stylish Emilia Wickstead the Embodiment of Her Brand

Stylish Emilia Wickstead the Embodiment of Her Brand

New Zealand-born, London-based designer Emilia Wickstead has gone from toting a clipboard at Prince Harry’s favourite nightclub to dressing his sister-in-law. The Telegraph’s Ellie Pithers met Wickstead, 30, at her Cadogan Place atelier. “Wickstead makes…

NZ Chefs Win Big at Global Awards

NZ Chefs Win Big at Global Awards

New Zealand chefs have taken out culinary royalty like Jamie Oliver, Neil Perry and Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef to win at the world’s biggest cookbook awards.  Robert Oliver won Best TV…

Sunglasses Are an Intrinsic Part of the Look

Sunglasses Are an Intrinsic Part of the Look

High-end sunglasses used to be about the logo, but now designers, like New Zealander Karen Walker, are making them an integral part of their seasons’ collections, the Independent reports. Walker has shown her eyewear…

Attica Chef Making Magic and Global Top 50 Lists

Attica Chef Making Magic and Global Top 50 Lists

Australia’s best restaurant Attica stands out from the rest because the “magic” comes from New Zealand-born chef Ben Shewry, according to Guardian reporter Oliver Milman. “The Melbourne eatery is the only venue in…

New Zealand Wine Exports Making Record Figures

New Zealand Wine Exports Making Record Figures

New Zealand’s wine exports hit a record high in the year through end-March reaching more than $1.3 billion, led by rising demand for new-world wines from British, American and Canadian consumers. The gain was fueled…

Americans Thirsty for NZ Wine Investments

Americans Thirsty for NZ Wine Investments

Wine lovers in the United States are drinking more New Zealand wines than ever, with double-digit annual percentage increases in the value of imports for the past five straight years, lifestyle magazine Wine Spectator…

Michelin-Star Restaurant Making It with Kickstarter

Michelin-Star Restaurant Making It with Kickstarter

New Zealand chef Matt Lambert is earning plenty of buzz for his inventive cuisine at his New York restaurant The Musket Room, but the story of how it got started is equally…

Business Is Booming in Made-to-Measure

Business Is Booming in Made-to-Measure

When Kate Middleton first started stepping out in New Zealander Emilia Wickstead’s ladylike pastel concoctions, it’s fair to say that most of the fashion world’s reaction was: “Emilia … who?” the National’s Libby Banks…

Ten Foot Tall and Bullet Proof: The Dream Behind Loveblock Wine

Ten Foot Tall and Bullet Proof: The Dream Behind Loveblock Wine

There’s no reason why Erica and Kim Crawford had to do Loveblock. Having already found huge success with their eponymous Kim Crawford label – America’s top-selling wine from New Zealand – they could have…

Innovative Auckland Food Businesses Meet the Criteria

Innovative Auckland Food Businesses Meet the Criteria

Auckland’s Hip Group and Farro Fresh feature in Monocle’s first ever  “Retail Survey – Top 25” with the former taking the No 11 spot as “Best local bistro chain” and Farro No 16, as…

Lamingtons Are Ours Beyond Doubt

Lamingtons Are Ours Beyond Doubt

Lamingtons are definitively of New Zealand origin, with an 1888 watercolour painting by New Zealand landscape artist JR Smythe showing that the coconut covered cake is not really Australian and only an imitation of…

Trademark Taylor Encompasses All Seasons

Trademark Taylor Encompasses All Seasons

“Rebecca Taylor, the hip New Zealand-born designer whose collections appeal to a young, fashion-forward customer, is among the designers who are turning upside down the notion of what to wear when”, Clifford Pugh writes…

Fabric Store from NZ a Natural Fit in LA

Fabric Store from NZ a Natural Fit in LA

The Los Angeles location for The Fabric Store, a New Zealand-based business that also has four retail stores in its native country and three in Australia, offers “a more edgy, fashiony focus…

Fusion Finds at Bobby Chinn in Hanoi

Fusion Finds at Bobby Chinn in Hanoi

Famed Hanoi chef Bobby Chinn, who was born in Auckland, serves a fusion of his influences – French, Californian, Middle Eastern – with Vietnamese dishes. Restaurant Bobby Chinn is recommended in a Forbes feature…

MAC Makeup Range in Lorde’s Name

MAC Makeup Range in Lorde’s Name

Lorde’s signature dark purple lipstick and sweeping eyeliner has landed the Grammy award-winning singer, 17, her own MAC range, following in the footsteps of Rihanna, Ru Paul and Lil’ Kim. Lorde said: “I have loved…

Eating Mince Pies off the Subway in New York

Eating Mince Pies off the Subway in New York

New York’s DUB Pies, run by New Zealander Gareth Hughes, “might be a tiny shop, but so is its specialty – the flaky-crusted savoury hand-made pies that are as popular as both bagels and…

Crane Brothers One of Australia’s Top Suiters

Crane Brothers One of Australia’s Top Suiters

Sydney clothing store, the New Zealand-owned Crane Brothers, founded by former Zambesi menswear designer Murray Crane, is included in a Sydney Morning Herald feature on the best places in Australia to buy a suit. “No…

Twilight Star Dons Dul’s Eco-Tux for Oscars

Twilight Star Dons Dul’s Eco-Tux for Oscars

New Zealand was once again represented on the red carpet at the Oscars with Twilight star Kellan Lutz wearing the Academy Awards first sustainable tuxedo created by Jomnarn Dul, 23, lead designer at iconic…

Medal-Winning Weightlifter Heading Minnesota Wine Subsidiary

Medal-Winning Weightlifter Heading Minnesota Wine Subsidiary

Former weightlifter and two-time Commonwealth medal winner New Zealander Nigel Avery, 46, is these days marketing his family’s wine in Minnesota. Last year, Avery assumed the role of CEO for the subsidiary

At Home in Manhattan with Makeup Artist Valery Gherman

At Home in Manhattan with Makeup Artist Valery Gherman

New Zealand makeup artist Valery Gherman moved to New York 11 years ago and now lives in Manhattan’s famed Peter Cooper Village where he shares a two-bedroom apartment with Canadian photographer Derek…

Whare Kea Lodge Amongst the World’s Best Hotel Dining

Whare Kea Lodge Amongst the World’s Best Hotel Dining

Wanaka’s Whare Kea Lodge restaurant is one of the world’s best hotel restaurants according to the Sydney Morning Herald’s Ute Junker. It is included alongside New York’s Nomad Hotel and London’s Mandarin-Oriental Hotel, where…