Ending two decades of fashion
Margaret Hogan closed the doors on 20 years of women’s fashion this season.
The Winton retailer, who owned Selecta Fashions, ended her career with some sadness but said the time had come for her to retire.
‘‘You can’t stay forever.’’ Customers from across Southland had called in to wish her well since her decision to close.
‘‘Lots of regular clients have said they’ll be sad to see me go.’’
Clients had come from far and wide to access her classic women’s clothing.
‘‘People travel from Invercargill and Christchurch to buy my clothes.
‘‘I’ve even dressed a 100-yearold for her birthday.’’
Originally called Winton Modes, the shop had operated in the town for about 60 years before she took it over in 1996 and changed the name.
‘‘Women’s fashions have certainly changed over that time - people have stopped wearing skirts so much and they like to wear trousers.
‘‘There’s always been a lot of black but it’s nice to see some colour now.’’
Unable to sell her shop, she shut the doors for the last time in mid-December.
‘‘Winton’s been a great place to have a business, the people have been great.
‘‘It’s the people that I’ll miss.’’
Winton retailer Margaret Hogan closed her business after 20 years.