ROANNE JACOBSON Di­rec­tor and de­signer, Saben

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What does your job in­volve? No two days are the same, but ul­ti­mately I’m al­ways de­sign­ing. The bags re­flect my in­ter­pre­ta­tion of trends, but my most im­por­tant in­spi­ra­tion is the style of the women who wear Saben and the de­mands of their lives. I started out work­ing in my par­ents’ garage and now Saben is cel­e­brat­ing 15 years, stocked by over 60 stores through­out New Zealand and grow­ing in Aus­tralia! How would you de­scribe your style?

State­ment dress­ing but not pre­ten­tious. And ob­ses­sive! I find some­thing I love ev­ery sea­son and thrash it till I de­stroy it or fi­nally get sick of it. At the mo­ment I’m lov­ing draped jack­ets, Gre­cian-style dresses and vo­lu­mi­nous shirts with bell­bot­tom trousers and tube skirts. What would sur­prise peo­ple about your wardrobe? I’m a re­ally fast shop­per and barely even try things on, apart from trousers and jeans. I think it’s be­cause I do a lot of my shop­ping when I’m time-poor dur­ing overseas trips for work. What’s your big­gest fash­ion co­nun­drum?

Is my wal­let the size of my bag, or is my bag my wal­let? It all started with the ul­ti­mate wal­let/bag, Tilly. She was my ev­ery­thing un­til I started to carry glasses, so then I made a slightly big­ger ver­sion, Tilly’s Big Sis, and she was my ev­ery­thing un­til I de­cided I needed to carry my ipad, so then along came an even larger ver­sion, Matilda. I seem to de­sign them big­ger and big­ger as I run out of space. Re­cently I de­cided to down­size, so now I’m back at Tilly. Who’s your style icon?

I love Iris Apfel. She’s a woman after my own heart – I can tell she un­der­stands ob­ses­sion and ac­ces­sories. What does your beauty regime en­tail?

Sun­block ev­ery day, cleanser at night, and scented hair prod­ucts rather than per­fume. What’s your ul­ti­mate style ad­vice?

Wear what you love and what makes you feel good – and, of course, ac­ces­sorise. Ac­ces­sories are ev­ery­thing – the eas­i­est way to up­date your wardrobe and an ef­fort­less way to change your look. A great hand­bag will el­e­vate any out­fit and can be the key to or­gan­is­ing life’s es­sen­tials. As well as bags, I love glasses. When I found out I needed to wear them, I de­cided to em­brace them as part of my wardrobe. I re­ally en­joy push­ing the bound­aries and play­ing with dif­fer­ent shapes and sizes.

Roanne wears shirt and shorts by Tay­lor, glasses by Gen­tle Mon­ster (worn through­out), ear­rings by Amle, rings (top) by Chris­tine Hafer­malzwheeler and an heir­loom ring (worn through­out), and watch by Tis­sot (worn through­out).

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