10 minutes with: Salasai
Salasai designer Kelly Watson on the new menswear line S.A.M.
Where did you shoot the campaign for S.A.M?
It was shot by Adam Bryce at various locations on Auckland’s North Shore.
Who are the models and why did you choose them?
We used a mix of male models for the autumn winter 2017 campaign. We wanted to show the diversity of S.A.M and play on the dynamics each of the males brought to their look. Ariki Mckinney (above left) was our main model, he has strength and confidence and a unique look that marries well with our brand. Are you happy with the results? Adam is the man and we love working on projects with him. There was a large crew of models and our creative team so it was fun. The upside is that we get to see the imagery on repeat for months to come!
What prompted a menswear range? Juliette Hogan’s Has it been in the pipeline for a while?
Salasai began 10 years ago as a unisex brand and introduced a very small injection of menswear along the way. It was decided that men’s would go on hold for a while until we were able to give it our full attention. Then we decided we missed it too much, so made 2016 the time to launch S.A.M as its own entity.
Who is your boy? What kind of guy will be wearing S.A.M?
Like our women’s brand, Salasai’s menswear knows no age or wage boundaries. S.A.M is designed with an oversized relaxed vibe but with attention to detail and fabrication. Any man can wear S.A.M with confidence and in comfort.
Finish this sentence: Salasai’s S.A.M is best worn with…
A creative space that combines retail and exhibitions with craft making
Christopher Duncan and Joseph Yen’s slice of Karangahape Road realestate, TÜR, almost defies classification, combining a gallery, retail store and studio. You’ll find contemporary craft objects for sale, while Yen makes clothing and jewellery, and Duncan handweaves textiles nearby. Open Thursday–saturday or by appointment. 486 K’ Rd Demon Cat Crew jumper, $159, from Bad Things Apparel. Amphibious Lobster shorts, $110, from Barney Cools. Stutterheim Stockholm raincoat, $349, from Fabric. Classic FA hat, $69.95, from Def Store. EQT Support ADV PK shoe, $270, from Area 51. Style palette inspired by Resene ‘Ruby Tuesday’
Spotlight on: TÜR studio
A new start-up makes urban gardening easy
We all dream of being able to hop outside our house to a bountiful vege patch, but the reality of Auckland renting means the closest most of us will get to a garden is a sad pot of basil on the windowsill. Welly-based website Seed and Soil aims to change that with their urban grow kits. A simple way to get growing, each kit has an upcycled grow bag with organic soil and seeds, and for every product sold, the company will contribute to school gardening projects in New Zealand and Africa. seedandsoil.co.nz
Reaping the rewards
Get one before the summer is out at one of these four cafes
Remember the iced coffees of the 1990s? Topped with a cloud of cream and a liberal dusting of cinnamon, sometimes a chocolate fish would be suspended lifelessly in the ice. Nitro cold brew coffee (nitro for short) is a different breed that looks like Guinness and is poured from a beer tap. Nitrogen infusion gives it a creamy mouth feel without the dairy and keeps your drink at the optimum temperature for tasting – cold but not too cold.
Espresso Workshop Britomart
The deckchairs and bean bags in Takutai Square are the perfect spot to enjoy a take-out nitro pour from Espresso Workshop. 11 Britomart Plc, central city ———
This ethical coffee roaster and cafe’s signature bird-branded tap was one of the first in Auckland, and can now be found in cafes city- wide. The Aotea blend is at once fruity, floral and creamy. 537 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn ———
Before cold coffee got cool, The Apothecary in Howick was one of only two cafes in Auckland with a nitro cold brew tap. They say it “seems sweeter and less acidic than [regular] cold brew… equal parts chocolatey and silky smooth.” 27 Picton St, Howick ———
Curator Espresso Bar
An Arabica bean blend is brewed for 30 hours at Curator before it’s treated with nitrogen, adding sweetness and a slight effervescence. 2 Kitchener St, central city ——— Not into coffee? Grab a Hallertau Nitro Porter lager at Golden Dawn (134 Ponsonby Rd), their shiny new tap should keep you satisfied.
Where to try nitro cold brew coffee