New Zealand designer fashion labels SHIKOBA Clothing and Lolla-Jane have joined forces to launch a pop-up shop in the newly generated Victoria Park Market. To complete the look, they asked Thick As Thieves to provide a ‘pop’ of colour with our handmade leather satchels.
Victoria Park Market has recently undergone a massive $20 million refurbishment to return one of Auckland’s icons to its former glory. They are filling the shops in stages, with the bar and restaurant stage complete. Now they have set their sites on ‘Fashion Lane’ and want to fill the spaces with independent designers rather then big chains. Hooray!
The pop-up shop will only be open for a limited time so it’s a great opportunity to see some of New Zealand’s finest designers. There’s also lots of lovely cafes just a few doors down so if you are in the Auckland area, why not 'pop’ in and have a look.
The Designer Collective
We are putting the spotlight on three of the fashion designers showcasing at the store plus our favourite piece from each of their collections.
Aroha Wikotu is the face behind SHIKOBA, a New Zealand label that specialises on sustainable design with 100% of the clothes NZ made. She takes inspiration from all the wonderful things New Zealand has to offer – an amazing natural environment, crusie lifestyle and acceptance of different cultures. We think her Palm Singlet would go perfectly with our purple leather satchel.
Adrienne Whitewood is described by Australasian website, Concrete Playground as the “number one designer to watch this year”. Her ethos is to provide women with an emotional connection to what they wear through unique shapes, motives and symbolism. Her designs are a reflection of her passion for Maori art and culture – we love this beautifully designed printed shift dress from her new collection.
Danielle Burkhart’s label My Boyfriend’s Back seeks to avoid cliché trends and focus on a mood or attitude. Inspiration flows from iconic musicians and imagery – Courtney Love springs to mind immediately with the latest collection. She is a designer of contrasts pairing romance with a harder side, such as this maxi dress from the ‘Lust and Found’ collection.