Showroom 22 founder Murray Bevan and journalist India Leishman speak with New Zealand fashion designers, stylists, directors, influencers and more about their unique New Zealand perspective on the world of fashion.
Fashion In Focus - with Huffer founder Steve Dunstan
In 1997, Steve Dunstan and his then business-partner Dan Buckley started what was to become one of New Zealand’s most loved and most recognisable fashion brands. Rooted in street, skate and snow culture, Huffer grew and grew through careful nurturing of social groups, tapping into music and fashion in an organic, natural way.
Huffer is truly a household name now in New Zealand and will go down as a seminal brand in our country's sartorial history books.
The brand's 2020 campaign was shot in the shell of what has become huffer’s latest big project - Huffer House - and it’s this community-minded, creative hub that founder Steve Dunstan joins Murray to discuss in this latest episode.
Fashion In Focus - with fashion stylist Sammy Salsa
The fashion stylist is, without a doubt, one of the most powerful job titles in fashion right now, and in New Zealand Sammy Salsa is at the top of the game. In this raw and very real episode, Sammy and Murray talk about Sammy's personal journey from his school beginnings, coming from a family of high-performing, sporty siblings to how he fell in love with fashion through a magazine in his high school library. Sammy's honest and emotional account of his struggles to be accepted by the fashion fraternity - and even to recognise a familiar face in the industry - is a lesson for all of us in ensuring we build a more open and diverse industry.
Fashion In Focus - with Mina designer Natalie Procter
A trip to India to study with, and learn from garment workers, led New Zealand-based women's wear designer Natalie Procter to start her own label in Auckland, and focus its narrative firmly on the people who help it come to life.
In 2020, the global pandemic has pulled this narrative sharply into focus, with many other businesses starting to promote this positive, emotional side to their world, too. Likewise consumers have acted to shelter friends and businesses from the effects of an economic downturn, and have begun extolling those same selfless virtues that became so prevalent when Covid hit.
For Natalie, that deeply emotional, honest and authentic interest in people and their talents and stories didn’t start in March 2020 but rather started in her childhood in South Africa where she saw people enjoying life to the full while existing on simple means. It was the passion and community that inspired her, and these are pillars she has brought into her business today.
Natalie sat down with Murray to share her story and why it's the people, not the product, that shape her world.
Fashion In Focus - with Rebecca Mahoney, Fashion & Philanthropy Publicity Specialist
In the fast-paced world of PR and marketing, for outsiders wanting to get into the industry it's sometimes hard to see where you can get an opening. Especially if your studies have pointed you in one direction, yet you feel the desire to chase down a new career in communications, where do you even begin? Rebecca Mahoney has made a successful career from taking opportunities as they presented themselves, working her way into a senior role at David Jones from a starting position as social media manager for a Takapuna retail store. In this episode, Murray speaks candidly with Rebecca (also one of his past employees) about her personal journey and learnings as she's navigated this industry as an aspiring PR maven still in her early 20s.
Fashion In Focus - with modelling sensation Juliette Perkins
As modelling careers go, Kiwi sensation Juliette Perkins has achieved what most other young girls could only dream of. Growing up in Nelson, New Zealand, Juliette's life changed when she was signed to international mega-agency IMG at the age of 15, and later moved to Paris at just 16, catapulting her into fierce competition alongside the world's biggest names. But unlike so many before her who may have chased fame over steady income, Juliette has assessed the industry and knows her strengths, meaning her pathway to success has been unique and, ultimately, extremely rewarding. So what's next for this uber-talented 21 year old? She spoke to Murray about her early career, her dream jobs, and the post-Covid world she's envisioning.
Fashion In Focus - with Madeleine Walker of The Twenties Club
Launched in 2015, The Twenties Club came to life to share, dissect and ruminate on life topics facing people going through their 20s. Now with a modest but powerful social media following, editor Madeleine Walker is carving her own path with a loyal fan base and equally loyal commercial brand partners who see this lively platform of ideas and conversation as a private yet inclusive online home. Murray spoke to Madeleine about how and why she started The Twenties Club, the rise of blogs and influencers, the collapse of the advertising market, and how to diversify your risk as a young business person.
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