10 min­utes with: Sala­sai

Sala­sai de­signer Kelly Watson on the new menswear line S.A.M.

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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…

ease!

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 ———

Kokako

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 ———

The Apothe­cary

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

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