The New Zealand Fashion Designers You Need to Know

New Zealand is one of a kind when it comes to fashion, we are not afraid of breaking the barrier and stepping out of the norm. Although we may have 22x more sheep than humans our fashion scene is still booming and I want to share with you some of the amazing talents emerging from my small but mighty country. Below we have a list of my favourite designers and some pieces from their latest 2017 collections.


This brand is consistently unique, offering their own sense of style which is picked up by a large group of clients who often exclusively shop with them. If you are into cutting edge fashion with a modest twist, then this label is for you.



Karen is one of a kind, she pushes the boarders of fashion particularly with her fabrics and conceptual designs. The basis of her brand is chic functionality meets eccentric, they are the sorts of designs you can wear at the office and then straight to drinks after. Karen Walker’s most noteworthy collection is her eyewear range, which is seen on many different celebrities across the globe and is stocked in department stores such as Bergdorf Goodman and Liberty.



This brand is for all your ‘girly girls’ out there, with the vibrant colours, floral motifs and feminine cuts, it is absolutely perfect. You may recognise some of her designs as she created several of the outfits warn in Sex and the City. Cooper also designed the Air New Zealand uniforms, who were recently voted best airline in the world.



“For women who wear lingerie as a love letter to themselves” — Helene Morris, Lonely Designer.  This one of a kind lingerie company is all about celebrating the strength and individuality of each woman and fostering a positive body image. Their designs have been picked up by many international faces, including Girls actresses Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirk. Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner have both also sported several Lonely pieces.


These bags act as part of a ‘uniform’ for the 20 something girl gangs in New Zealand, almost every  girl walking down the street has one. All bags are hand made in New Zealand, with genuine local sourced deer leather and sit at a great price point. What’s not to love, these bags are ethical, stylish, good quality and well priced.


I hope that from this article you now have a little more of an understanding about some of these amazing New Zealand designers. I urge you to click on the hyperlinks and spend some more time browsing 🙂


By Isabelle Schoo

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