5 things we love this week: Dior, BLUNT x Kelly Thompson, and so much more

9 April 2021

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

WORDS BY Courtney Joe

1. Dior’s new Book Tote

While a mid-winter escape to the sun might seem like a distant memory, the iconic Dior Book Tote is back to transport you (figuratively) to a faraway tropical destination.

This season, Dior’s carry-all comes adorned with the Dior Palms motif, a reinterpretation of the signature toile de Jouy motif designed by creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri. A landscape of cobalt and cerulean blue palm trees are woven together with traditional Ikat Endek fabrics from Bali, Indonesia, and handcrafted in Dior’s Italy atelier.

In all its vibrancy and sophisticated elegance, the Dior Book Tote is the bag that will make all your soon-to-be winter worries disappear.

Shop the Dior Book Tote at Dior Auckland, 45 Queen St.

2. One with Mina

This week, Mina launched its new endeavour: ONE. Straying from traditional seasonal drops and end-of-season sales, Mina is introducing four cohesive and interchangeable ranges each year — the first, ONE.1.

In efforts to prevent over-production and encourage customers to consume more thoughtfully, the refreshed design framework will inspire long-term investment — the days of shopping by season are no longer!

ONE.1. continues to champion Mina’s commitment towards conscious fashion and to know the story behind each collection, and each piece — from the local craftspeople who construct the garments, to the natural fibres used, and where they are sourced.


Mina ONE.1. is now available to shop at the brand’s Grey Lynn flagship store, and online at minaforher.com

3. BLUNT x Kelly Thompson

Get equipped for the wet weather ahead, with BLUNT’s charming collaboration with illustrator (and one of FQ‘s all-time style icons) Kelly Thompson.

The hand-sketched design draws inspiration from the illustrator’s local farmers’ markets in her Melbourne hometown — with beautiful wildflowers and whimsical mushrooms to brighten up any dreary, rainy day.

“As an illustrator, it is always so exciting to take your illustrations from a page or a screen and see them on something tactile. Collaborating with brands and designers has always resulted in some of my favourite projects, so when BLUNT asked me to design for them, I jumped at the opportunity!” says Kelly Thompson.

And we’re so pleased she did.

The BLUNT + Kelly Thompson print in Metro and Coupe sizes are available to shop online now.

4. Standard Issue’s Newmarket home

If you were looking for another reason to get excited about the cold snap ahead, Osborne Lane has welcomed its newest neighbour, Standard Issue, with the brand’s long-awaited flagship store now open.

In true celebration of the makers behind Standard Issue’s coveted knitwear, the Newmarket space brings the brand’s workroom experience to the customer. Nestled within the brand’s beloved merino, cashmere, cotton, and tulle, is an industrial zero-waste knitting machine — a monument to Standard Issue’s promise of circular, no-waste fashion.

Designed by Chris Nott from Rural Workshop Architecture Marlborough, Standard Issue have called on their local Marlborough community to bring to life its family-based values, through the considered use of sustainable and upcycled materials.

Experience Standard Issue at 4 Osborne Lane, Newmarket, Auckland.

5. Yours Truly by Trish Peng

For those planning a wedding — and looking to make more conscious decisions in the process — look no further than Yours Truly, a new boutique by renowned Kiwi bridal designer Trish Peng.

Whether you’re hunting for the perfect wedding gown, or wanting to give a pre-loved gown a new lease on life, Yours Truly is a must-visit. As a bridal consignment boutique to buy and sell sample and pre-loved wedding dresses — the showroom is not only home to Peng’s synonymous label, but will feature other coveted bridal designers such as Rue de Seine.

With every bridal gown sale, Yours Truly is committed to donating $10 to charity, offering a selection of deserving causes that brides-to-be can choose from, including Women’s Refuge, Starship Foundation, and Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.

Yours Truly is open now at 37 Mackelvie Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland. Read more about the new bridal boutique here.

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