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Spotlight on South Dunedin

Surf, sand, street art, collectibles and culinary delights – we found them all in South Dunedin! And so stoked we spotted one of our style icons, Sara Aspinall (designer of Company of Strangers), enjoying the sea air.

South Dunedinite, Julian, enjoys a walk on St Clair Beach

South Dunedinite, Julian, enjoys a walk on St Clair Beach

Julian wears cricket jersey from Shop on Carroll and jeans by Barkers.

Julian wears cricket jersey from Shop on Carroll and jeans by Barkers.

St Clair street art

St Clair street art

Sara wears top by Strangelove x Zac Fay and bag by Emma Mulholland.

Sara wears top by Strangelove x Zac Fay and bag by Emma Mulholland.

Almond tart by Danish Delights, Hillside Road

Almond tart by Danish Delights, Hillside Road

Mazarins by Danish Delights, Hillside Road

Mazarins by Danish Delights, Hillside Road

Kitchenalia in Bill's Antiques, South Road, Caversham

Kitchenalia in Bill’s Antiques, South Road, Caversham

Street art by Stickum, South Road, Caversham

Street art by Stickum, South Road, Caversham

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What Are You Wearing July?

Wow! What a showcase of Dunedin creativity. We have Iggy Pop with a tail, a top hat without and the eyes are on us!

Stephanie wears dress by Di$count Univer$e, op-shop necklace and boots by Unif. Her lipstick is 'No She Didn't' blue by Lime Crime.

Stephanie wears dress by Di$count Univer$e, op-shop necklace and boots by Unif. Her lipstick is ‘No She Didn’t’ blue by Lime Crime.

Josh, Jordan and Bella. Josh wears jacket, hoodie and jeans from Slick Willy's. Jordan wears jumpsuit bought in Melbourne. Bella wears t-shirt from Slick Willy's and op-shop cardigan.

Josh, Jordan and Bella. Josh wears jacket, hoodie and jeans from Slick Willy’s. Jordan wears jumpsuit bought in Melbourne. Bella wears t-shirt from Slick Willy’s and op-shop cardigan.

Lydia wears dress by Pagani and Dr Martens.

Lydia wears dress by Pagani and Dr Martens.

Jade and China. Jade wears top and jeans from Hallensteins. China wears shirt by American Apparel and jeans by Glassons.

Jade and China. Jade wears top and jeans from Hallensteins. China wears shirt by American Apparel and jeans by Glassons.

Jessica and Brittany. Jessica wears pants by Stolen Girlfriends Club, jersey from Topshop and Dr Martens. Brittany wears jeans from Slick Willy's and top from The Warehouse.

Jessica and Brittany. Jessica wears pants by Stolen Girlfriends Club, jersey from Topshop and Dr Martens. Brittany wears jeans from Slick Willy’s and top from The Warehouse.

Iain wears tie by Barkers, shirt by Hallensteins, jacket from his dad, scarf he found on the street and hat from Arthur Barnett. Iain writes a stand-up poetry blog called 'The Ink Jester'.

Iain wears tie by Barkers, shirt by Hallensteins, jacket from his dad, scarf he found on the street and hat from Arthur Barnett. Iain writes a stand-up poetry blog called ‘The Ink Jester’.

Dani, Julianna and Iggy Pop. Dani wears dress from Farmers and op-shop. Julianna wears vintage fur.

Dani, Julianna and Iggy Pop. Dani wears dress from Farmers and op-shop. Julianna wears vintage fur.

Liam and Bones. Liam wears scarf and pants from Toffs and shirt by Hallensteins. Bones wears op-shop.

Liam and Bones. Liam wears scarf and pants from Toffs and shirt by Hallensteins. Bones wears op-shop.

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What Are You Wearing August I?

Who said Dunedinites only wear black? There’s plenty of colour here!

Abby wears coat by Glassons.

Abby wears coat by Glassons.

Hamish and Kim wear op-shop and online.

Hamish and Kim wear op-shop and online.

Olivia wears op-shop.

Olivia wears op-shop.

Chloe wears vintage.

Chloe wears vintage.

Dorian wears shirt by Moodie Tuesday and pants by Barkers.

Dorian wears shirt by Moodie Tuesday and pants by Barkers.

Sam wears op-shop and vintage.

Sam wears op-shop and vintage.

Hine wears coat from the OUSA market, vest from The Modern Miss and skirt by Glassons.

Hine wears coat from the OUSA market, vest from The Modern Miss and skirt by Glassons.

Holly (from England) wears necklace by Vivienne Westwood from the V&A, coat by Karen Millen and jeans by Storm.

Holly (from England) wears necklace by Vivienne Westwood from the V&A, coat by Karen Millen and jeans by Storm.

 

NB: Sorry if we’ve spelt anyone’s name wrong. Please let us know and we will correct it.

 

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What Are You Wearing June I?

Winter weather seems to be bringing male style out of the closet. Check out this spectrum of different looks.

Freya and Charlie. Freya wears op-shop shorts and t-shirt from a friend. Charlie wears jacket from The Warehouse customised by himself.

Freya and Charlie. Freya wears op-shop shorts and t-shirt from a friend. Charlie wears jacket from The Warehouse customised by himself.

Tannia (from Most Wanted Vintage) wears cardigan from Shop On Carroll.

Tannia (from Most Wanted Vintage) wears cardigan from Shop On Carroll.

Sequoia, Ruby and Zoe. Sequoia and Ruby wear op-shop. Zoe wears op-shop jersey, pants from Slick Willy's and Minnie Cooper boots.

Sequoia, Ruby and Zoe. Sequoia and Ruby wear op-shop. Zoe wears op-shop jersey, pants from Slick Willy’s and Minnie Cooper boots.

Andrew and Alice. Andrew wears top bought online. Alice wears Lonely Hearts dress, Kathryn Wilson boots and a vintage cloak bought online.

Andrew and Alice. Andrew wears top bought online. Alice wears Lonely Hearts dress, Kathryn Wilson boots and a vintage cloak bought online.

Jack and Robbie wear Hallensteins and items bought online.

Jack and Robbie wear Hallensteins and items bought online.

Simon wears coat from Barkers.

Simon wears coat from Barkers.

George and Tayla. Tayla wears pinafore dress and top from Glassons and hat from Cosmic Corner (a surprise present from George).

George and Tayla. Tayla wears pinafore dress and top from Glassons and hat from Cosmic Corner (a surprise present from George).

Becky and Zac. Becky wears op-shop. Zac wears high street shirt, pants from Hallensteins and bow tie from The Warehouse.

Becky and Zac. Becky wears op-shop. Zac wears high street shirt, pants from Hallensteins and bow tie from The Warehouse.

NB: Sorry if we’ve spelt anyone’s name wrong. Please let us know and we will correct it.

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What We Love About Dunedin 1

Alley Cantina Mexican Restaurant (140 George Street)

Guaranteed to turn a grey day into a sunny Mexican fiesta. Check out the lively décor, authentic music and food to die for. Great value too. Try Henry’s special Mate (grass tea) or, for something a little stronger, a margarita.

The Alley (next to Farmers Department Store)

The Alley (next to Farmers Department Store)

Thanks for your great service Henry!

Thanks for your great service Henry!

The intimate bar

The intimate bar

From left: vegetarian burrito, quesadillas, elote and chilli relleños

From left: vegetarian burrito, quesadillas, elote and chilli relleños

Colourful inside and outside

Colourful inside and outside

The Outfit

Embroidered dress from The Modern Miss (21 Moray Place). Boots from Box of Birds, Port Chalmers. Sombrero courtesy of Alley Cantina.

Embroidered dress from The Modern Miss (21 Moray Place). Boots from Box of Birds, Port Chalmers. Sombrero courtesy of Alley Cantina.

Configure Express: The Gym For Women (15 Filleul Street)

Friendly, supportive, encouraging, nurturing, professional and kick ass. The best gym in town and they have a 2012 retailer of the year award to prove it. We love you Tania and the Configure Team.

Tania and Chloe. Chloe wears a vintage jacket, a gift from her aunt.

Tania and Chloe. Chloe wears a vintage jacket, a gift from her aunt.

Edinburgh Way

Several decades ago, Edinburgh Way was a mere backwater on the edge of the main retail district then centred around the Princes Street Stock Exchange. How times have changed. Now, most of our favourite shops are conveniently clustered on this historic stretch of George Street between Frederick Street and Hanover Street. We had so much fun taking the night time shots on a very balmy Dunedin evening.

Collection of shop windows. Clockwise from top left: Annah S, Plume, Carlson, Company of Strangers, Ruby, Belle Bird.

Collection of shop windows. Clockwise from top left: Annah S, Plume, Carlson, Company of Strangers, Ruby, Belle Bird.

Slick Willy's neon sign

Slick Willy’s neon sign

Looking towards Knox Church

Looking towards Knox Church

Fine examples of George Street architecture

Fine examples of George Street architecture

The Outfit

Dress by Stolen Girlfriends Club from Slick Willy's (323 George Street). Necklace by Karen Walker from Belle Bird (327 George Street). Boots by Costume National from Plume (310 George Street). Shorts by NOM*d from Plume. Top by NOM*d  from Recycled Boutique (now Paper Bag Princess).

Dress by Stolen Girlfriends Club from Slick Willy’s (323 George Street). Necklace by Karen Walker from Belle Bird (327 George Street). Boots by Costume National from Plume (310 George Street). Shorts by NOM*d from Plume. Top by NOM*d from Recycled Boutique (now Paper Bag Princess).

Larnach Castle (145 Camp Road, Otago Peninsula)

What a great way to spend a Dunedin ‘Indian Summer’ afternoon than at Larnach Castle having one of their special afternoon teas. Just the right quantity of sandwiches, scones and bite-sized cakes: cream-filled meringues, tiny star-shaped shortbread, gooey chocolate/coconut balls, and endless cups of tea served in delicate china. The quirky gardens make a fantastic backdrop for amateur photographers like us. Look out for Alice, the Cheshire Cat and the White Rabbit.

High Tea

High Tea

Larnach Castle Ballroom

Larnach Castle Ballroom

The Outfit

Blazer and cat brooch by Twenty-Seven Names from Slick Willy's (323 George Street).

Blazer and cat brooch by Twenty-Seven Names from Slick Willy’s (323 George Street).

Lace dress by Charmaine Reveley from Charmaine Reveley Outlet Store (9 Dowling Street).

Lace dress by Charmaine Reveley from Charmaine Reveley Outlet Store (9 Dowling Street).

Brogues by Kathryn Wilson from Void (8 Albion Place). Socks from Barkers (285 George Street).

Brogues by Kathryn Wilson from Void (8 Albion Place). Socks from Barkers (285 George Street).

The White Rabbit

The White Rabbit

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Samuel Ralph: Socks, Shirts and the Spruce Goose

It was an absolute pleasure to meet up with menswear designer Samuel Ralph. It’s refreshing to talk to someone who is so passionate about what they do, yet Sam is very down to earth and modest. After all, he grew up working on dairy farms in Southland where fashion is not the main priority.

Sam is one of only three Otago Polytechnic students to make the finals of the iD International Emerging Designer Awards, to be judged on 13 March and presented to the public the following day. He is very excited about the opportunity to also show at the main railway station event on 15 and 16 March alongside Dunedin’s signature designers such as NOM*d. In the third year of his Bachelor of Design (Fashion), Sam had an internship with NOM*d which he found to be a great hands-on experience. We wondered how his preparations for the big day were going, especially as he is working five days a week as a hair colourist – yet another of his skills. He is currently making sure his clothes are in top-notch condition and wondering how best to present himself and his collection to the judges.

His collection, ‘The Way Of’, was designed to push the limits of menswear in both styling (e.g. skirts rather than trousers), colour (vibrant reds) and materials (polyester rather than natural fibres). He is especially influenced by Asian culture more so than even he realised: when his collection was photographed in Shanghai (at the time of showing at Fashion Week) everyone was struck by how his silhouettes imitated the shapes of Chinese lanterns and pagodas. His other main influence evolved after watching ‘The Aviator’, a film about the life of Howard Hughes and his invention – the ‘Hercules’ plane commonly known as the ‘Spruce Goose’. Sam produced his own digital prints of planes based on a ‘Spruce Goose’ model he bought on eBay. This will provide a good opportunity to show the judges another of his technical skills while indulging in an activity he really enjoys.

We couldn’t help noticing, especially after writing our recent post ‘Collared’, that a promotional image for his collection featured a quadruple collar. Again, this wasn’t intentional but the collar nicely balanced out other aspects of the outfit and he enjoyed the challenge of making something complex.

Now back to the socks and shirts. Sam has worked for Barkers Menswear for five years and is very impressed by the quality and design of the clothing. While working in the Auckland head office, he was given the opportunity to design his own socks and shirts. One of them is even called the ‘Ralph’ shirt. His anchor socks are not classical but “crazy”. Most of his designs have already sold out.

Sam with some of his sock designs

Sam with some of his sock designs

Sam with his 'Ralph' shirt. Sam wears top and pants designed and made by himself, and a NOM*d jacket.

Sam with his ‘Ralph’ shirt. Sam wears top and pants designed and made by himself, and a NOM*d jacket.

Girls can wear Barkers socks too! Sam's anchor socks worn with Melissa jelly shoes from Belle Bird.

Girls can wear Barkers socks too! Sam’s anchor socks worn with Melissa jelly shoes from Belle Bird.

Sam is passionate about New Zealand and wants to develop his future clothing line here, not overseas. He sees some great street style in places such as Dunedin and feels that New Zealand is small enough for him to influence the way men perceive fashion.

Thanks to Barkers, Dunedin (Meridian Centre, George Street) for allowing us to take the photos. Thanks so much Sam. We so appreciate that you took the time to tell us your story despite your very busy schedule. We wish you tons of luck for iD!

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