Auck­land, en Vogue

New Zealand's gate­way to North Is­land ad­ven­tures is a des­ti­na­tion in its own right, with great food, a bevy of mu­se­ums and gal­leries, and chic shops that show­case homegrown tal­ent. We turned to wun­derkind Mag­gie He­witt—the de­signer be­hind women's cloth­ing

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ONE OF MY FA­VORITE places to shop is Pon­sonby, a neigh­bor­hood with plenty of bou­tiques and con­cept stores. Muse (264 Pon­sonby Rd.; 64-9/3788850) is a multi-brand shop from owner Olivia

Vin­cent. She stocks in­ter­na­tional la­bels like Stella McCart­ney along with lo­cal names like Ge­or­gia Alice, who is known for her im­pec­ca­bly cut, easy-to-wear de­signs. From there, I’ll pop in to the f lag­ship of Har­man Gru­biša (har­man­gru­bisa. com), a New Zealand brand that spe­cial­izes in min­i­mal­ist sil­hou­ettes with fem­i­nine de­tails.

Nearby con­cept store The Shel­ter (theshel­ter on­line.com) holds a spe­cial place in my heart, as it was the first to carry my line. I’ll browse the racks of new and es­tab­lished la­bels like Wynn Ham­lyn and MM6 Mai­son Margiela, then grab a juice at its café. If I want to treat my­self,

I’ll pick up a can­dle or fra­grance at Cu­rio Noir (cu­ri­onoir.com), a small­batch per­fumery that sells its scents in be­spoke hand­blown glass bot­tles.

For a more laid-back re­tail ex­pe­ri­ence, I’ll head to Taka­puna, on the North Shore. The area is known for its beach, so it makes for a scenic shop­ping trip—es­pe­cially on a sunny day. The Depart­ment Store (the de­part­mentofnews.com) was a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween leg­endary Kiwi de­signer Karen Walker and lo­cal fash­ion en­tre­pre­neur Dan Gosling. The mul­tilevel space has a beauty counter, a hair sa­lon, a café and an im­pres­sive ar­ray of Aussie and New Zealand brands, in­clud­ing lux­ury leather la­bels like Ge­or­gia

Jay and Deadly Ponies. Af­ter, I’ll drop in to the Taka­puna out­post of Su­perette (su­perette.co.nz), a long-stand­ing New Zealand re­tailer. This lo­ca­tion has a fun, quirky vibe and of­fers a crowd­pleas­ing se­lec­tion of wardrobe sta­ples. mag­giemar­i­lyn.com.

CLOCK­WISE FROM TOPLEFT: Auck­land fash­ion de­signer Mag­gie He­witt, founder of the line Mag­gie Mar­i­lyn; Mag­gie Mar­i­lyn Love Un­con­di­tion­ally Jade Stripe pants (NZ$745); Cu­rio Noir, a lo­cal per­fumery; watches at the Su­perette store in Taka­puna; de­sign con­cept store The Shel­ter; Muse, a bou­tique in Pon­sonby.

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