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5 things we love this week: Levi’s Wellthread, the Rainbow Pride Parade, and so much more

26 March 2021

Each week the Fashion Quarterly team rounds up what to read, buy, see, shop, drink and eat.

WORDS BY Courtney Joe

1. Deadly Ponies Voyage

Celebrating the explorer in all of us is Deadly Ponies Voyage. While travel to faraway destinations still feels — quite literally — a world away, this collection celebrates the unique opportunity we have as a nation to rediscover our own backyards.

In collaboration with artist and friend of the brand, Richard Malloy, Deadly Ponies presents a campaign inspired by the original working man’s suit, and “the Art the Mask series by New York artist, Saul Steinberg – taking the idea of something that was really serious and formal, juxtaposed with a playful and childlike mask. Our Voyage capsule plays on this, finding the playful and creative aspects wherever you are.” says Deadly Ponies creative director, Liam Bowden.

Deadly Ponies Voyage is available in store and online now. 

2. Tread well with Levi’s Wellthread

It’s no secret that premium design and sustainability are at the core of the Levi’s brand, and the capsule collection that is at the forefront of the brand’s progress and innovation is Levi’s Wellthread. 

As in incubator for all things sustainability, the Levi’s Wellthread laboratory explores and works through current design and manufacturing challenges in order to create a more sustainable future. This season sees the introduction of 55% hemp blended fabrics (a crop which requires less water and pesticides resulting in cleaner, healthier soils), the use of plant-based natural dyes on organic cotton, Water>Less washing (a new technique which saves up to 96% of the water traditionally used to finish denim), and the futureproofing of garment recyclability by using all-natural fibres, including the back patch, red tab, thread and pocketing. 

Shop Levi’s Wellthread at Levi’s Sylvia Park, Levi’s Wellington, Levi’s Dunedin and online at levis.co.nz

3. Caitlin Crisp Season Four

Caitlin Crisp welcomes in its fourth season with a futuristic, yet pared back campaign featuring friend of FQ, and autumn issue cover star, Manahou Mackay.  

Never one to stray from her core of timeless, easy-to-wear wardrobe classics, Caitlin Crisp has stayed true to her roots, both in support of the Aotearoa manufacturing industry (the entire collection is made in New Zealand), and in design, “I design with versatility at the forefront of my mind, that’s why throughout the collection there are multiple ways to wear certain styles. The collection is groovy, feminine yet edgy, wearable and comfortable,” the designer says. 

#FQloves the Caitlin Crisp Time Warp top — a cotton-blend rib keyhole top that can be worn front-to-back, and the Fantasy Jogger, a wardrobe go-to for the season ahead. In a satin-back crepe, these pants will have you jogging from work to play in the most stylish way (both pictured). 

Shop Caitlin Crisp Season Four at caitlincrisp.com now.  

Image: Rainbow Pride Auckland

4. Rainbow Pride Parade & Ponsonby Street Festival

Finally, Aucklanders can celebrate our rainbow community at the Auckland Rainbow Pride Parade and Ponsonby Street Festival. This Saturday, March 27th will see the all-day event make its comeback, after being delayed due to Covid-19 restrictions earlier this year. 

Starting from 11am, celebrations begin with Ponsonby Street Festival — market stalls, street dining, live music and pop-ups aplenty down Ponsonby Road. The road will then close at 4:30pm ’til midnight for all to eat, drink, dance and celebrate diversity, unity and love! 

Ponsonby Street Festival will begin at 11am, Saturday, March 27th, with the Rainbow Parade to begin at 6:00pm, on Ponsonby Road (starting from Tole Street and finishing at Williamson Ave). The festivities are all-ages and free for all. Visit rainbowpride.org.nz for more information. 

Images: Instagram @daphnes_taverna

5. Daphnes, Ponsonby’s new local

If you were thinking about where to park up on Ponsonby Road for Saturday’s parade festivities, look no further than the brand-new modern Greek bar-taverna, Daphnes, located at 71 Ponsonby Road. 

The brainchild of Auckland hospitality icons Clare and Joost van den Berg (previously of Odettes Eatery, Hugo’s Bistro, and Zus & Zo), Daphnes was inspired by travels to Greece — and a shared love for Paros — in 2018. With head chef Anna Weir (formerly of Amano) at the kitchen’s helm, we look forward to trying the trio’s modern take on Greek cuisine. 

Daphnes modern Greek bar-taverna at 70 Ponsonby Road is taking bookings now at daphnes.co.nz

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