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Coveting thy neighbour’s shop: Which retailers do other retailers envy?

It turns out all retailers suffer from a touch of retailer’s envy. We asked retailer people around the country which shops and brands they are envious of and why.

Natalie O’Donnell, co founder of Napier-based vintage clothing store Two Lippy Ladies says she follow Donna’s Dress Shop, based in Kansas, in the US.

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“The owners look funky and fun.  What’s not to love about this lady?”

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“Their shop is unique, with heaps of cool stuff all the time. I’m jealous of their giant clothes hangers they have in their window.”

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“I think it’s a case of America envy – they are bigger, more stock, higher turnover and yet maintain that independent business vibe.”

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Freedom Kids founder Rachel Hansen says she envies clothing label Chalky Digits for their photoshoots – beautiful clothing in Aotearoa scenery.

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“We’ve started to do some outdoor photoshoots for Freedom Kids but working with kids is incredibly time consuming to coordinate kids all being well-fed, keeping them clothed and not immediately covering the clothes they are modeling in mud/water/sand challenging! It’s usually only one outfit per session,” she says.

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She also admires Lewis Road Creamery for its incredible marketing, and enjoyed reading the story behind their brand.

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“I like that they have bought more organic products in to the mainstream,” she says.

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Ash Scott, of Organic Ash, who is a small-scale producer of custom-made cakes, says she is jealous of bakeries such as Little and Friday and Tome for their resources and space.

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“I really want a massive kitchen mixer and lots of bench space,” she says.

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Saben founder Roanne Jacobsen says she loves to fossick in her local stores like fashion boutique Flo and Frankie, lifestyle store Tessuti, homeware store Collected and Redcurrent.

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“I also love to support NZ fashion businesses and I love buying local so when I have time I walk the Ponsonby Rd strip and stop at Tanya Carlson, Moochi, Zambesi and a lot in-between.”

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Her top six most-envied retailers are: the Dover St market in London; Browns London; Liberty London; Anthropologie in London; Colette in Paris; Merci in Paris.

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