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New fashion fibres: Meet the designer harnessing hemp from her secret shop behind Karangahape road

Fashioning hemp

New fashion fibres: Meet the designer harnessing hemp from her secret shop behind Karangahape road

Step into the second hand store, Waves Vintage, situated down a gully on Karangahape Road, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by fibres and fabrics. The woman at the wooden desk, Helen Young-Loveridge, sits beside her collection of secondhand clothes of which have been hand picked and shipped from Los Angeles to New Zealand. It’s all very curated, from her sexy 1960’s looking leather couch, to the various cottons and silks hung on display. Her new venture, Buddy, is the newest edition to the racks – and possibly the most significant – a new t-shirt range made of 55 percent hemp and 45 percent organic cotton. It’s a true meeting place of environmental ethos, style, and quality – and a potential window into the future of hemp as a fashion fibre. We sit down with the woman in charge, Young-Loveridge, who talks of her past and the new t-shirts for tomorrow.

More than a Koru

Design reflects our heritage and identity. So what role does Māoridom play in New Zealand’s design identity? Who is able to do it? What principles need to be abided by? And how does a young country like New Zealand embrace the modern world while retaining its traditions? In part two of a series, we float down the country’s cultural currents with Threaded design editor Kyra Clarke.

Gratuitous self-promotion

Bonnie Brown's award winning Blooming 'Brella's are selling like syrup-laden hotcakes, and news has it that there is less than one hundred left. So whether you're a selfish lover of design and want your own, or you're looking for a unique gift for family, friends, staff or clients, you'd better move fast and get your name on the pre-order list. These things will undoubtedly be worth millions one day. Don't live a lifetime of regret.

Football fever

New Zealand streetwear brand I Love Ugly has waded into the football fever engulfing the world at the moment and launched a limited edition FIFA inspired collection of clothes called the 'Legends' collection. While sports brands typically go for the clean, athletic-looking aesthetic in their designs for big sporting occasions, I Love Ugly says it decided to go against the grain and celebrate the occasion with a series of bright, bold, comedic-inspired prints with the help of UK illustrator Chester Holme.

Fashun

Wellington based fashion brand, Okewa, is set to unveil its new capsule of mens and womens coats made from 100 percent recycled post-consumer plastic bottles. The new range will be released next Thursday and will be available for pre-order on the Okewa website and via Kickstarter as part of Plastic-Free July. It presents a new direction for Okewa, who is moving down the sustainability route for its high-quality rainwear range. Founders and loving partners Nevada and Nick Leckie share insights into its new clothing line as well as musings of the brand's origins founded in the windiest city in the world.

More than a Koru

Design reflects our heritage and identity. So what role does Māoridom play in New Zealand’s design identity? Who is able to do it? What principles need to be abided by? And how does a young country like New Zealand embrace the modern world while retaining its traditions? In part one of a series, we float down the country’s cultural currents with designer Johnson Witehira.

Virtual Reality

The ‘world’s first’ virtual reality drivers test is here thanks to a collaboration between Government agencies ACC and the NZ Transport Agency - and external partners Strategy Creative, Mixt Studio, and Flying Saucer - which aims to help young people become confident capable drivers. The project launched in July last year, and has since sparked a 30 percent increase in people signing up on the Drive platform, with more than 30,000 sign ups and almost half a million total users who’ve completed 52,000 online road code chapter tests between them. So, could it see the end of traditional drivers tests?

City crafting

The three finalists for the Collett’s Corner development project can now be revealed, with The Hive by In-Flux, Chance Encounters by AHHA and We Dine Together by Oto Group taking out the top spots. The competition is being run by the Ohu (Office for Holistic Urbanism), which plans to create a 2,300 square metre mixed-use building on the Collett's Corner site in the heart of Lyttelton. The building will also be collectively owned by the community it supports, with many local stakeholders taking part in the voting to choose their top designs.

Meet the makers

A pair of young Kiwi industrial designers are garnering awards, fans and sales across the world for their minimalistic yet practical products, such as clothes drying racks and paper rolls. Mount Maunganui-based George Wilkins and Will McCallum talk with Dawn Picken about their transition from tinkerers to heads of design studio, George & Willy.