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New clothes, old fabrics: How Bruno’sOriginals turns classic New Zealand materials into modern garments

Old meets new

New clothes, old fabrics: How Bruno’sOriginals turns classic New Zealand materials into modern garments

As we step into autumn, the chill is brisk and bitter, a time to put the summer stubbies in the bottom drawer until next time and fish out the timely winter garment. This is a chance to support handmade New Zealand clothes and environmental longevity. And perhaps it's the perfect opportunity to cloak up in a 1970s Great Outdoors tent disguised as a jacket, wear an old windsurfer sail salvaged into a coat, or rug up in the remnants of a Macpac sleeping bag re-purposed into a wintered vest. Fortunately, Bruno Harding has been busy whipping up these aforementioned goods. The local tailor turns vintage materials, including old tents, woollen blankets, and windsurfer sails, into functional clothes under his clothing line called Bruno’sOriginals. We visit Harding at his workshop to see how he does it, while discussing his newly formed partnership with Macpac.