It’s the highlight of the festive season for many shoppers: the day when Auckland department store Smith and Caughey’s opens the curtains at the front of its store to reveal a tiny animated world that’s all about Christmas. Smith and Caughey’s special projects manager Kevin Broadfoot shares the effort that goes into creating it.
Eighteen years of iD Dunedin Fashion weeks, as well as a globally recognised bachelor’s degree in fashion - it appears there is more to Dunedin’s fashion scene than David Bain’s sweater collection. Students Lillian Cotter and Paige Jansen have made their mark there with a pop-up store that funded a research trip to Shanghai.
As consumer attention shifts, designers are required to evolve with customers while also staying true to their brand. Courtney Devereux talks to Henry Tadros, head of international sales for Ercol furniture, about how mixing classic with contemporary is the key to growing and keeping up with the world of design.
Heads of design at Citta Imogen Tunnicliffe and David Moreland were the People's Choice winners for the design category in Idealog and Accenture's Most Creative People. The two are an influential pair, with their design decisions regularly rippling through their category and helping to turn a company that started off as an importer into a major force in the export of New Zealand-designed textiles, homewares and furniture. Here, they discuss creativity, inspiration and the design process.
The artificial Christmas trees and extensive Christmas lights which traditionally adorn our favourite retail stores may be culled this year. Statistics from Retail NZ show that 27 percent of retailers have flagged Christmas decorations completely.
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Kiwi wearable tech company StretchSense has come up with a solution for making sure the clothes you buy online actually fit. And they've also drawn major attention from Japan's largest online retailer.