Auckland’s Style Mile
It’s New Zealand Fashion Week so here’s eight spots where Aucklanders shop for fashion all-year-round, all within easy walking distance. From vintage to avant-garde, and downtown to uptown the locals know where to go.
1. Start downtown at Britomart for the strip of Kiwi designers. From Karen Walker and Trelise Cooper, to Kathryn Wilson for shoes. World and Kate Sylvester are also located alongside in nearby Tyler Street.
2. Pop into MADE on Customs Street for French labels like A.P.C, AMI Paris, and Maison Kitsune, alongside New Zealand designers such as Penny Sage, C'est Moi and M Label. Fondle the knitwear by New Zealand’s own Standard Issue. Along the street is RJB Menswear, for custom tailored suits and classic smart casual wear, perfect if you’re looking to smarten up your look.
3. If money’s no problem, discover the recent addition of high-end luxury labels on Queen Street, including Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Dior and Hugo Boss. Both Chanel and Tiffiny add a touch of glamour to Takutai Square.
4. For bright colours and fabulous tailoring wander up High Street to designer Andrea Moore. Right next door is Pauanesia, perfect for crafty Kiwi souvenirs if you’re heading offshore. Duck into upper Vulcan Lane to marvel at Gorman’s bright colour palettes and whimsical prints, inspired by Australian nature, culture and tribal history.
5. Save the earth (and your wallet) at the Recyle Boutique on Darby Street. Once- owned designer threads makes this a popular shopping haunt amongst both city professionals and students. Delight in the discovery of high-end fashion for close to nix.
6. Get your bling at Fingers on Kitchener Street. Bespoke jewellery designed and made by Kiwi artisans, it’s a treasure trove of shimmery shine including pounamu or greenstone inspired Maori art.
7. Cross the road to the beautiful heritage building of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Take a stroll through more than 15,000 traditional and contemporary artworks and marvel at the fashions of generations past. Best of all the entry is free!
8. Jump on the CityLink Bus and head uptown to Saint Kevins, one of the last old grand arcades remaining in central Auckland. Admire the rockabilly vintage gowns at Rita Sue or the classic shoes at Pat Menzies, an Auckland insitution. Take in the latest tattoo fashions in the design studios which line K’ Road.
Whatever your tastes - champagne or not, Auckland is a haven for shoppers both young and youthful. So take a walk and hop around the city shops for a fun day out.