THE HEIGHTS OF FASH­ION

North & South - - Conversation -

Trelise Cooper, Kathryn Wil­son, Stolen Girl­friends Club, Huf­fer, Edmund Hil­lary... there are some big names and a few un­ex­pected ones on the de­signer list for New Zealand Fash­ion Week 2018, which opens on August 27 (nz­fash­ion­week.com).

Mak­ing its de­but is a new out­door range in­spired by the cloth­ing Sir Edmund Hil­lary wore on Everest, in­clud­ing a replica anorak and ex­act copies of his hand­knit­ted sweaters. De­signed for “soft ad­ven­ture”, some of the pieces are be­ing pro­duced by the same com­pany that supplied his ex­pe­di­tion in 1953.

Founded by Sir Ed’s son, Peter Hil­lary, and Auck­lan­der Mike Hall-tay­lor, the brand “has so­cial en­ter­prise sewn into ev­ery seam”. A per­cent­age of prof­its will go to sup­port schools in the Hi­malayas and out­door ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes in coun­tries where the range is made and sold, in­clud­ing New Zealand. At Fash­ion Week, Sir Edmund’s grand­sons, Alex and Ge­orge, will be among those mod­el­ling the kit.

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