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
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.