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Say Cricket With Flowers

Cricket World Cup fever is here! As Dunedin hosted international teams at the University Oval, floral flags of the participating countries sprang up outside the Dunedin Railway Station – how ingenious! Cricket-inspired fashion is a perennial favourite, with recent collections by overseas designers such as Chanel, Alexander McQueen and Tommy Hilfiger. NZ designers Kate Sylvester and Karen Walker have also joined the trend. Anyone for cricket?

Flag of Scotland

Flag of Scotland

Cricket World Cup logo

Cricket World Cup logo

Black Caps vs Sri Lanka, University Oval. Photo by Julian Crawford.

Black Caps vs Sri Lanka, University Oval. Photo by Julian Crawford.

You must support the team, darling!

You must support the team, darling!

Dress by Charmaine Reveley

Dress by Charmaine Reveley

Vintage camping stool from Mac & Wallace (Allanton)

Vintage camping stool from Mac & Wallace (Allanton)

Cakes from Spelt Bakery on Highgate

Cakes from Spelt Bakery on Highgate

Flag of Afghanistan

Flag of Afghanistan

Cricket supporters admire the World Cup trophy, University Oval. Photo by Julian Crawford.

Cricket supporters admire the World Cup trophy, University Oval. Photo by Julian Crawford.

Could it be the Cricket World Cup trophy?

Could it be the Cricket World Cup trophy?

Cricket ball

Cricket ball

Cricket display, Taste Merchants (Princes Street)

Cricket display, Taste Merchants (Princes Street)

Supporting the Black Caps at the University Oval. Cricket jumpers by Kate Sylvester.

Supporting the Black Caps at the University Oval. Cricket jumpers by Kate Sylvester.

The Silver Fern

The Silver Fern

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What Are You Wearing July I?

Dunedin rocks winter style, even in the supermarket. Love the hats!

Laurence (Black Rock Coffin Maker) and Nadia. Laurence wears vintage. Nadia wears op-shop.

Laurence (Black Rock Coffin Maker) and Nadia. Laurence wears vintage. Nadia wears op-shop.

Kirsty wears high street.

Kirsty wears high street.

Jack wears military coat from overseas.

Jack wears military coat from overseas.

Katie wears dress by Huffer and op-shop hat and jacket.

Katie wears dress by Huffer and op-shop hat and jacket.

Ella and Ellen. Ella wears cardigan from Wildpair, dress from Glassons and Doc Martens from Frames Footwear. Ellen wears borrowed and op-shop.

Ella and Ellen. Ella wears cardigan from Wildpair, dress from Glassons and Doc Martens from Frames Footwear. Ellen wears borrowed and op-shop.

Mark wears I Love Ugly and Maison Martin Margiela. 'Leg' wears Rakel Blom leggings.

Mark wears I Love Ugly and Maison Martin Margiela. ‘Leg’ wears Rakel Blom leggings.

Abby wears op-shop and ukulele.

Abby wears op-shop and ukulele.

Rachel wears jacket by Kingan Jones and dress (underneath top) by Kate Sylvester.

Rachel wears jacket by Kingan Jones and dress (underneath top) by Kate Sylvester.

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

 

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We ♥ Jewellery

Our ancestors made jewellery and gentlemen’s trinkets in 19th century Birmingham, England, a place synonymous with fine jewellery design. It’s great to see the same creative spirit alive and kicking in Dunedin. We love Underground Sundae jewellery for its quirkiness, originality and use of recycled materials. Celebrities agree – Rita Ora and Rachel Hunter have worn pieces and it has been featured in magazines such as Black and Remix. Even though designer Anne-Mieke Ytsma recently located to Melbourne, her jewellery is still firmly linked to Dunedin, being sold in both Plume and Company of Strangers as well as online. We’re saving up to buy more of it!

Pink Flat The Door rocks with Underground Sundae silver pendant in Clyde Street, Dunedin.

Pink Flat The Door rocks with Underground Sundae silver pendant in Clyde Street, Dunedin.

Underground Sundae necklace pushes up the daisies at the Dunedin Railway Station.

Underground Sundae necklace pushes up the daisies at the Dunedin Railway Station.

Robbie Burns wears Underground Sundae gun pendant.

Robbie Burns wears Underground Sundae gun pendant.

Underground Sundae 'Fall In Love Not In Line' Ring at Knox Church, Dunedin.

Underground Sundae ‘Fall In Love Not In Line’ Ring at Knox Church, Dunedin.

Underground Sundae skulls necklace entertains at the Regent Theatre, The Octagon, Dunedin.

Underground Sundae skulls necklace entertains at the Regent Theatre, The Octagon, Dunedin.

Old becoming new is also a part of the Company of Strangers jewellery aesthetic. We featured their protection necklace in our first blog post but it really needed to make another appearance.

Company of Strangers Protection necklace hangs around the Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin.

Company of Strangers Protection necklace hangs around the Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin.

Creeps and Violets is an innovative range of jewellery made by Dunedin trained and based designer Steph Miller. We love her signature popcorn necklaces and sailor moon jewellery. Her pieces can be bought from Slick Willys.

Creeps and Violets Sailor Moon pendant lights up the Rialto Cinema on Moray Place, Dunedin.

Creeps and Violets Sailor Moon pendant lights up the Rialto Cinema on Moray Place, Dunedin.

Barking Fish in Port Chalmers is crammed full of unique pieces of jewellery to suit all budgets. They sell a good range of locally made bone pendants.

Bone pendant from Barking Fish floats in the Otago Harbour.

Bone pendant from Barking Fish floats in the Otago Harbour.

Design Withdrawals in Moray Place is a shop dedicated to promoting New Zealand design and is well worth a visit. We picked up this intricately laser-etched pendant by our old friend Wendy James.

Wendy James wooden pendant scales the heights of the University of Otago clocktower.

Wendy James wooden pendant scales the heights of the University of Otago clocktower.

Kate Sylvester has recently brought back her fob chain necklace, a very versatile piece.

Queen Victoria admires the Kate Sylvester fob chain necklace (from Void) in Queens Gardens, Dunedin.

Queen Victoria admires the Kate Sylvester fob chain necklace (from Void) in Queens Gardens, Dunedin.

To conclude, this 1950s Kiwiana bracelet is an absolute stunner.

Vintage Kiwiana bracelet snakes down Baldwin Street, Dunedin.

Vintage Kiwiana bracelet snakes down Baldwin Street, Dunedin.

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Special Events: What Are You Wearing 2?

Lawrence Arabia ‘Man Alone Tour’ at Queens (1 Queens Gardens), 26 April

Hosted by Hector in his stylish new venue, Queens, Lawrence Arabia performed a variety of quirky songs on keyboard and guitar.

James Milne

Critically acclaimed singer songwriter James Milne (aka Lawrence Arabia).

Claire and Abby wear op-shop and vintage.

Ellie wears dress from the Charity Barn, Kaikorai Valley.

Christina and Jack. Christina wears op-shop. Jack wears top from Yaks n Yetis.

Feastock V festival (Fea Street, Pine Hill), 27 April

Warm weather brought out some stunning style. Gumboots were de rigueur. Eat your heart out Glastonbury!

Opening act: Michael McLeod leads The Shifting Sands.

Gianna wears Kate Sylvester dress and Doc Martens.

Anthony and Maria. Maria wears top from the Salvation Army Shop.

Marielle wears NOM*d.

Libby and Georgia wear op-shop.

Clare wears shirt from Purple Rain ($10!).

Greg and India. Greg wears op-shop and handmade waistcoat. India wears op-shop.

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

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Art Meets Fashion Archive at Milford Galleries Dunedin

We couldn’t have found a better location for this photo shoot than Milford Galleries (18 Dowling Street, Dunedin). Not only were the staff super helpful but the lighting was perfect. Their current exhibitions (featuring Robert Ellis, Dick Frizzell and Karl Maughan amongst others) include some of our favourite artists which made the experience all the more enjoyable. Hurry, you have till the 8th May to see these exhibitions. Thank you so much Milford Galleries.

Although some of the featured fabrics are collaborations with artists, the inspiration behind the other fabrics is our own interpretation. We’ve also included some images of paintings that aren’t in Milford Galleries.

 

Day garden print by Karl Maughan in collaboration with Stolen Girlfriends Club for ‘The Big Comedown’ collection (SS 2011/12). Featured painting: Bottle Lake (2012) by Karl Maughan.

Paint splatter dress, in the style of Jackson Pollock, by Workshop. Featured photograph: Plantation, Lalomanu (2013) by Shigeyuki Kihara.

Coca Cola print

‘Soho’ Shirt and ‘Crack Is Wack’ leggings in the Coca Cola print by Philip James Frost in collaboration with Company of Strangers for the ‘Pop Shop’ collection (AW 2013).

‘Diana’ dress by Hailwood featuring a classical sculpture image of the Greek goddess Diana (SS 2012).

Kate Sylvester dress

Surrealist-inspired dress by Kate Sylvester from her ‘Art Groupie’ collection (AW 2008). Observatory Time: The Lovers (1936) by Man Ray (image courtesy of manray.net).

‘Susan’ t-shirt by Lonely Hearts for the ‘IOU Nothing’ collection (AW 2008). It represents Madonna in the film ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’. Inspiration may come from pop artists Andy Warhol (famous people) and Roy Lichtenstein (benday dots).

Night garden print by Karl Maughan in collaboration with Stolen Girlfriends Club for ‘The Big Comedown’ collection (SS 2011/12).

Cubist-inspired dress by Sylvester for Kate Sylvester (AW 2008).

Comic book top

Top with comic book print in the style of Roy Lichtenstein (from Butterflies Hospice Shop). Drowning Girl (1963) by Roy Lichtenstein (image courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Estate of Roy Lichtenstein).

‘Ursula Moth’ dress by Kate Sylvester featuring digital moth print by Henry Christian-Slane from the ‘Into The Light’ collection (SS 2011/12).

Pop art fruit dress from the Recycle Boutique.

Kirsty of Milford Galleries wears jacket and skirt by World. Featured photograph: Old Courthouse, Apia (2013) by Shigeyuki Kihara. Shigeyuki has an exhibition (‘Undressing The Pacific’) at the Hocken Gallery until 8th June.

 

Milford Galleries Opening Hours
Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

 

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Hannah Kidd (11th May – 5th June)

Large Works (group exhibition) (11th May – 5th June)

Lorene Taurerewa (8th June – 3rd July)

Small Works (group exhibition) (8th June – 3rd July)

Karl Maughan (6th July – 31st July)

 

P.S. We couldn’t resist taking a photo of the Pumpkin Patch window in Hanover Street.

Pumpkin Patch dress

Pumpkin Patch Mondrian-style dress (so cute). Composition II with Red, Blue and Yellow (1930) by Piet Mondrian (image courtesy of theinterrobang.com).

 

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What we love about Dunedin 2

The Dunedin Chinese Garden (next to Toitu, corner Rattray and Cumberland Streets)

The only one of its kind in Australasia, the Chinese Scholar’s Garden has to be Dunedin’s best kept secret and really deserves the support of locals. When Zandra Rhodes was an iD Dunedin Fashion Week international guest designer in 2010, she cited the Garden as the design inspiration from Dunedin that she would take back home. The garden oozes tranquillity and atmosphere and is the perfect spot to spend a peaceful lunchtime away from the busy city centre. A yearly pass (go as often as you like) only costs $20 ($15 for students). There’s lots of new innovations such as yoga classes and adopt a goldfish – costs $5 and you get to name your fish and add him/her to the pond yourself. The traditional tea and steamed buns don’t disappoint.

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Rocks from Shanghai

The pond

Adopt a fish – Ozzy joins his friends

Ribbons on the wishing tree

The gift shop

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Custard and red bean paste steamed buns

The Outfit

Only something authentic would be fitting. Hand-made dress from Xi’an Province, China bought off TradeMe for an unbelievable $10.50 – the bargain of the century!

 

Circadian Rhythm Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Café (72 St Andrew Street)

It’s been a joy to watch the evolution of the menu to its current level of culinary genius with unsurpassable quality, variety and value for money. Sue has worked very hard to achieve this. Circadian Rhythm really is a home from home and we rarely miss the Saturday evening special buffet which changes every week. There’s a wide range of organic beer and soft drinks too, and the coffee is great. On Friday night, there’s free live jazz (played by ‘Philtre’) and the iPod playlist is worth a listen. We should know – we made it.

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Sue and Joshi

Sue and Joshi

Artwork by Franky Strachan

Saturday night special buffet – yum!

Circadian Rhythm food

Savoury and sweet

Indar Sue Harrison, owner

The Outfit

The Outfit

Paisley print Kate Sylvester dress from Void. Necklace from Rockbourne Gallery.

 

Salisbury Boutique: where new talent gets the opportunity to shine

We’ve only recently discovered this fabulous shop although it’s been around for 2 years. It’s far more than just a clothing boutique and is the ideal place to find that special unique gift. As well as clothing, jewellery and fashion accessories, you’ll discover art, greeting cards and homeware that you won’t find anywhere else. We especially loved the etched tumblers made from recycled wine bottles – a great idea.

Salisbury boutique is the brainchild of Sheryl McPherson, once a Wellingtonian but now a converted Dunedinite. Archaeologist, entrepreneur, volunteer. Sheryl manages to juggle all of these roles and still has more than her fair share of vitality and enthusiasm. Through Salisbury Boutique, she aims to promote fresh unfettered talent straight from the Otago Polytechnic by providing them with a space to show off and sell their product. And what a space! As she describes it herself, it’s “3000 sq feet of chic” – a very appropriate description. Sheryl, thanks for a fantastic shopping experience. Here’s just a sample of what we found.

Salisbury Boutique

Moodie Tuesday tee

T-shirt by Moodie Tuesday (Dunedin) and bullet bunny pendant by Gaia (designer Sara Muntz of Arrowtown)

Rings by Debra Fallowfield

T-shirt by Jo Robertson of Dunedin (only 10 made and each unique)

Darkblack jewellery by Jade Muirhead of Dunedin

Art by Shahrzad Najd of Dunedin

Skull pendant by Rebecca Scarlett of Dunedin

Pohutukawa magazine rack by Ashleigh Jackson

Art by Alice Berry Quirky Design behind the rack of clothing

Kowhai glass by Jo Wilson

Sheryl McPherson wears coat by My Boyfriends Back (designer Danielle Burkhart of Masterton), dress by Crooked Seven and heavy heart pendant by Darkblack.

Salisbury Boutique is situated in historic Salisbury House (104 Bond Street). It’s not that hard to find, being just around the corner from Purple Rain and Toffs. Opening times: 4-8 pm Thursday and Friday, 11 am-8 pm Saturday.

Salisbury House Sign

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iD Dunedin Fashion Week Roundup

There were so many events in Fashion Week it was impossible to get to all of them. Here’s a sample of some of the things we did attend.

Charlotte Smith Book Signing in the Golden Centre, Dunedin

Charlotte Smith, curator of the Darnell Collection, signs copies of her books 'Dreaming of Chanel' and 'Dreaming of Dior'.

Charlotte Smith, curator of the Darnell Collection, signs copies of her books ‘Dreaming of Chanel’ and
‘Dreaming of Dior’.

'Dreaming of Chanel' by Charlotte Smith

‘Dreaming of Chanel’ by Charlotte Smith

Thanks so much for encouraging our blog and yes, we certainly include vintage.

Thanks so much for encouraging our blog and yes, we certainly include vintage.

Meet Stephen Jones in the Golden Centre, Dunedin

Stephen Jones talks to admirers.

Stephen Jones talks to admirers.

It was lovely to meet you and thank you for signing the cards.

It was lovely to meet you and thank you for signing the cards.

Kimberleys Window, A Nod To Stephen Jones

iD Fashion Show

Adair and Tannia. The most stylish pair of the night – the Otago Daily Times thought so too. They are dressed entirely in vintage and Tannia runs an online vintage shop called 'Most Wanted'.

Adair and Tannia. The most stylish pair of the night – the Otago Daily Times thought so too. They are dressed entirely in vintage and Tannia runs an online vintage shop called ‘Most Wanted’.

Karen wears Kate Sylvester AW13 lipstick pants. We want them too.

Karen wears Kate Sylvester AW13 lipstick pants. We want them too.

Meet the Emerging Designers, Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Kathryn from the Otago Polytechnic Design Department wears dress made from fabric used by Annette Cadogan for her label 'Iris'. Kathryn's lovely matching shoes were bought on TradeMe.

Kathryn from the Otago Polytechnic Design Department wears dress made from fabric used by Annette Cadogan for her label ‘Iris’. Kathryn’s lovely matching shoes were bought on TradeMe.

‘Blue and Green Should Never Be Seen’ talk at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

Dr Jane Malthus shared her pearls of wisdom about the psychology of colour, why the quality of 19th Century garments is so incredible and why purple/indigo is worn by the wealthy only – there is no synthetic form of it. She took us on a journey through fashion history: from the creation of dyes to the application of colour blocking. She also explains why blue and green should never be seen. Her reason was not based on fashion snobbery but because they clash on the colour wheel!

Dr Jane Malthus

Dr Jane Malthus

Selection of 1970s fabrics and dyes

Selection of 1970s fabrics and dyes

Selection of 1970s fabrics and dyes

Good example of yarn-dyed cloth from the 19th Century

On the Way to Musical Theatre, Saturday 16 March

We came across this group in York Place and couldn't resist asking them for a photo.

We came across this group in York Place and couldn’t resist asking them for a photo.

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Animal Accessories

Animals never go out of style. Check out this mix of accessories – new and old, local and from further afield, presented to you by our cute feline and equine models.

No animals were harmed in the making of this post!

Bodmin would like to tell Gareth Morgan that this is the only bird he's planning on catching. Deadly Ponies bird skull necklace. Deadly Ponies jewellery is sold at Belle Bird (327 George Street).

Bodmin would like to tell Gareth Morgan that this is the only bird he’s
planning on catching.
Deadly Ponies bird skull necklace. Deadly Ponies jewellery is sold at Belle Bird (327 George Street).

Vintage belts from The Modern Miss (21 Moray Place).

Vintage belts from The Modern Miss (21 Moray Place).

Vintage Buch & Deichmann parrot brooch from The Clothing Port (52 George Street, Port Chalmers).

Vintage Buch & Deichmann parrot brooch from The Clothing Port (52 George Street, Port Chalmers).

Ziggy wears Western-style apron by Vivienne Reveley, from a selection available at Charmaine Reveley's Outlet Store (9 Dowling Street).

Ziggy wears Western-style apron by Vivienne Reveley, from a selection available at Charmaine Reveley’s Outlet Store (9 Dowling Street).

Selection of perspex jewellery by Northland designer Wendy James.

Selection of perspex jewellery by
Northland designer Wendy James.

American original 1950s laminated day bag from The Modern Miss (21 Moray Place).

American original 1950s laminated day bag from The Modern Miss (21 Moray Place).

Tudor has caught the fly. Karen Walker necklace from Belle Bird (327 George Street).

Tudor has caught the fly. Karen Walker pendant from Belle Bird (327 George Street).

Vintage duck belt.

Vintage duck belt.

NZ Parrot necklace from Vesta (Queenstown).

NZ Parrot pendant from Vesta (Queenstown).

Ziggy wears op shop vintage scarf.

Ziggy wears op shop vintage scarf.

Vintage butterfly belt from Purple Rain (403 Princes Street).

Vintage butterfly belt from Purple Rain (403 Princes Street).

Vintage Whiting and Davis snake bracelet.

Vintage Whiting and Davis snake bracelet.

Cadbury wears Karen Walker sterling silver caterpillar necklace, from a selection available at Brent Weatherall Jeweller (153 George Street).

Cadbury wears Karen Walker sterling silver caterpillar necklace, from a selection available at Brent Weatherall Jeweller (153 George Street).

Vintage eagle belt.

Vintage eagle belt.

Kate Sylvester swan brooches.

Kate Sylvester swan brooches.

Ziggy is dressed for the cold in vintage leopard print scarf from The Modern Miss (21 Moray Place).

Ziggy is dressed for the cold in vintage leopard print scarf from The Modern Miss (21 Moray Place).

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Belle Bird Catches Shanghai Fox

We all know how hard it is for any retail outlet to bag one of New Zealand’s top designers. Congratulations to Shelley at Belle Bird (327 George Street, Dunedin) for now being a Kate Sylvester stockist. Yesterday evening, we attended the launch of the ‘Shanghai Fox’ AW13 collection. Kate Sylvester has been one of our favourite designers for years. We have trawled the streets of Wellington, Auckland and even Sydney to get our hands on particular pieces of this premier clothing line, so it’s very exciting to see such a good range in Belle Bird. One of the first lovely ladies to greet us was Kate Sylvester’s sales representative, Bailey Meredith, who also expressed her enthusiasm for bringing the label to Belle Bird. ‘Shanghai Fox’ is an incredibly versatile range, from the geometric-print silk dresses, such as the amazing ‘Daya’ shirt dress, to bold lipstick pants and the ‘Catherine’ trench coat. There is something for everyone! The collection name is most evident in the vibrant ‘Fox in the Roses’ T-shirt. Many items are on our wish list. Thanks Shelley for hosting such a lovely event!

Belle Bird Shop Window

Bailey Meredith from Kate Sylvester

Bailey Meredith from Kate Sylvester

Belle Bird interior

The wine was flowing!

Dunedin designer Cherry Austin-Spivey, formerly of Cherry Cotton Candy. Her new label is 'mickeylovesmallory'.

Dunedin designer Cherry Austin-Spivey, formerly of Cherry Cotton Candy. Her new label is ‘mickeylovesmallory’.

Kate Sylvester 'Shanghai Fox' AW13

Kate Sylvester ‘Shanghai Fox’ AW13

'Daya' shirt dress

‘Daya’ shirt dress

'Daya' shirt dress close-up

‘Daya’ shirt dress close-up

'Fox in the Roses' T-shirt

‘Fox in the Roses’ T-shirt

'Suska' skirt

‘Suska’ skirt

'Dagmar' cardigan

‘Dagmar’ cardigan

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Fabulous Finds

Sylvester by Kate Sylvester skirt ($6) – Butterflies Hospice Shop, Hanover Street, Dunedin

Sylvester by Kate Sylvester skirt ($6) – Butterflies Hospice Shop, Hanover Street, Dunedin

Nike trainers ($24) – Box of Birds, Port Chalmers

Nike trainers ($24) – Box of Birds, Port Chalmers

Charmaine Reveley slip ($40) – Charmaine Reveley Outlet Store, 9 Dowling Street, Level Two, Dunedin (works especially well under lace dresses and comes in a variety of colours)

Charmaine Reveley slip ($40) – Charmaine Reveley Outlet Store, 9 Dowling Street, Level Two, Dunedin (works especially well under lace dresses and comes in a variety of colours)

Karen Walker necklace ($59) – Angel Divine, Queenstown

Karen Walker necklace ($59) – Angel Divine, Queenstown. This range is now available from Belle Bird, 327 George Street, Dunedin.

Vintage velvet dress (under $20) – The Modern Miss, Moray Place, Dunedin

Vintage velvet dress (under $20) – The Modern Miss, Moray Place, Dunedin

Sailor top ($5) - SaveMart, Timaru (Dunedin also has a SaveMart in Stafford Street)

Sailor top ($5) – SaveMart, Timaru (Dunedin also has a SaveMart in Stafford Street)

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