Great reads 2023

From left: Roanna Jacobson (Saben), Fleur Clarke (Reine),
Jess Beachen (Jessica Flora), Nick Klarwill (Nick Von K Jewellery)

The summer break is the perfect opportunity to catch up on some great reads you may have missed, so in Part 2 of this series, we’ve curated some of our favourite features and interviews for you from across FashionNZ during 2022. You can read Part 1 here.

There’s something about Saben

Roanne Jacobson has taken her skills as an artist to create luxury leather brand Saben. It’s a true New Zealand business success story, and we loved the opportunity to spend time with Roanne and learn more about what inspires her and how both she and her brand have evolved.

Meet the designer: Fleur Clarke from Reine

Finding the courage to follow your passion and dreams can be a long road, and one many of us can relate to. So Fleur Clarke’s personal journey from a corporate career to launching her own impeccably tailored designer label Reine in 2022 is inspirational on many levels.

Designer profile: Nick Klarwill (Nick Von K Jewllery)

We’re always fascinated by chameleon personalities and Nick Klarwill from Nick Von K Jewellery is a truly mesmerising jewellery designer, drawing inspiration from the most unexpected places. Enjoy the insight into the Willie Wonka workings of his mind, which result in truly breathtaking unique pieces of jewellery.

Designer profile: Jess Beachen from Jessica Flora

Oamaru-based designer Jess Beachen successfully combined her slow fashion label Jessica Flora with a genius supper club concept of unique one-off events around the country, where she was the chef as well as the designer.

Designer profile: Lillie Toogood from GOOD&CO

Photography and a love of textiles was the springboard for Lillie Toogood to turn her flair for colour and design into a distinctive collection of digitally printed silk and linen blend scarves under her GOOD&CO label.

Designer profile: A slice of Jenny Drury

Jenny Drury has never shied away from hard work. The designer behind New Zealand label Ketz-Ke and LEO+BE has made her mark on the industry, which she has been part of since she was 17 years old. Her second passion is baking and Jenny’s Slices have become an increasingly popular part of her brand.

The ethics of Ethique: How a Kiwi brand saved 25 million plastic containers

2022 was quite the year for Ethique founder Brianne West. Not only was she recognised by Barbie Role Models for her work as an environmentalist and social entrepreneur being immortalised with a one-of-a-kind Barbie doll in her likeness, but Ethique also celebrated 10 years in business and 25 million plastic containers saved.

Entertain this season in Bridgerton style

Bridgerton style proved a hot source of inspiration across 2022, from fashion and etiquette to entertaining in style. We compiled a list of Bridgerton-inspired entertaining ideas, which can be used year-round.

Party season with Tess Woolcock

PR director and mum Tess Woolcock learned to embrace her own style and love of colour during the lockdown. What started as a way to beat COVID boredom catapulted her into Instagram success and allowed her to lose a ‘sense of shame’ about her love of dressing boldly and extravagantly.

Stylish dressing in your 60s with Susan Herbert of French Freddie

Dressing through the decades of ageing can be problematic, as women struggle to find a style they’re comfortable and confident with. We catch up with Susan Herbert from French Freddie about stylish dressing in your 60s.

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