Deadly Ponies founder and Creative Director Liam Bowden was the People's Choice winners for Most Creative in fashion/footwear for Idealog and Accenture's Most Creative People. Bowden began making one-off leather pieces and jewellery in his garage. And now Deadly Ponies has become an internationally renowned leather accessories brand that has challenged traditional notions of design. And a recent collaboration with My Little Pony cemented its pop cultural cool factor. Here, he talks finding inspiration, where his best ideas come from and resilience.
The rise of fast-casual dining is having an influence on some of the most well known fast food restaurant chains in the business – most recently, fried chicken giant KFC. It opened up an urban restaurant on Fort St in Auckland’s CBD earlier this year. We spoke to the creative branding and design company Saturday about the thinking behind the new space.
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.
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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.
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.
Some commentators think food and integrated hospitality offerings will save brick and mortar retail from obsolescence in the age of ecommerce. But does catering to the consumer’s every need result in sales, or are shoppers moving on without making a purchase? In the Enhancing the experience series Courtney Devereux looks into why these two different sectors are working together.
After launching into New Zealand around three months ago, L’Oreal New Zealand brand La Roche-Posay has solidified its market presence with a new range of sun protection products called Anthelios XL. The hero product is an innovative piece of wearable technology which measures UV exposure.
Australian accessories retailer The Daily Edited is opening a pop-up store based out of Ponsonby boutique The Shelter for one day only. The highly-curated company specialises in personalisation, offering customers the opportunity to have initials, emojis or even their own handwriting monogrammed onto leather goods.
Christmas hampers are a staple in December. They typically contain all sorts of foodstuffs that are made to be given away rather than eaten, nestled in a basket and enrobed in cellophane. Gourmet food retailer Cook & Nelson is attempting to revamp this concept with nifty cardboard packaging and products made with love.
Fly over the Wairau Plain in Marlborough and you’ll see the land below has been transformed over time into a grid of precisely grown grapevines. It’s a sight to behold in itself, but take a closer look and you’ll see that grid rise from the ground at Brancott Estate winery, where its new installation now sits.
Auckland designer Annabelle Rose launched her activewear label Rose Road to provide women with high-quality exercise tights in bold colours, but creating the right product wasn’t easy.
Lush anticipated a number of current retail trends before they hit the mainstream. The UK skincare and beauty retailer has built its brand on experiential retail, filling its stores with highly-scented products and offering exceptional customer service from highly-engaged staff. It’s also been ahead of the curve regarding customer demand for ethically-produced products, and is a vocal supporter of social causes such as the Australian vote for marriage equality.