Here is a little bit of a colab between aroha lamour and home base collections. Zena decided she would like some deck chairs covered in Leanne Culy’ fabrics and they looked so good we decided we wanted some for the shop and here they are. $190.

As you know, we love things with birds and we would like to present a small online exhibition of Bayley Collins’ Birds. Bayley is a recent fine arts graduate and she produces these very nice photo montage works. enjoy. 

These works are A4 size and unframed $125 and framed $305.

The team over at Homebase Collections have a new range of Christmas Cards for the jolly season. We have them instore now.

Take a look at the new Homebase webernet site while you are at it. Looking really nice and designed in house at Aroha

Over the past couple of months we have been receiving mystery mail containing customised Aroha Lamour cards and after a bit of detective work have found who the secret postcard person is.. yep the cats out of the bag… Thanks to Alex from the Sunday Project for sending us her series of customised cards. check her blog out to see the collection and also check some of her etsy products. we love her ‘best in show’ prize ribbons and would love to have some in our shop.

Jolly Caravan is based in the Wairarapa and Victoria and Jillian of Jolly Caravan produces these one off, unique cushions made from vintage fabrics and old printed tea towels. All cushions are hand made and the cushion backs are also made with vintage fabrics and old buttons creating a lovely hand made product. Once these cushions are gone they are gone for good, only ever one in existence.

Kowtow (traditional Chinese叩頭simplified Chinese叩头pinyin: Kòu tóu; Cantonese: Kau tàuh) is the act of deep respect shown by kneeling and bowing so low as to touch the head to the ground.

Kowtow hails from Wellington and produce a range of graphic printed tees on very nice organic 100% fairtrade cotton. Each and every tee comes with a compilation CD of NZ music you most likely will not hear anywhere else. Kowtow have just released their new sumer collection of prints and we have some in store right now.


Louise wears Workshop Denim sadie shirt dress with the silk star print and tartan voile. Below is the Karen Walker Runaway pin tuck front petticoat.

some of these designs we ran back in summer and we had a few requests for some more.. so here you go, a renewed batch of unisex tees, all organic and printed with super soft water based inks…for that feel good feeling.

we tried a printing technique where you print on the inside to let the ink bleed through and these are the results. sort of a natural distressed look.

A Love Supreme is an ethical and sustainable movement with a print focus. Hand printed on sweat shop free organic cotton with non-toxic water based inks that are safe for the wearer and the printer.

The first collection from this in-house project is based on classic artists from jazz and soul, from Prince Tui Teka to Stevie Wonder. The great thing about these t-shirts is the print is so soft, you can’t feel the ink… something i hate about plastisol is the plastic heavy feel, not to mention the toxicity in the ink. If you are interested in reading about organic clothing and printing checkout this article at the organic clothing blog.

The Key of Life.

Prince Tui Teka Live.

The Wonder of Stevie.

Waretini the Entertainer.

We have a special introductory offer, $59 for one of these organic, non-toxic tees for this week only.

Design Sponge is an inspiring  blog for anyone interested in art and design and at Design Sponge they have just run a little post about Leanne Culy and her Home Base Collections with some nice shots of her installation in the front of our store. Go Leanne and the Home Base family.


my owl by flox

my owl by flox


our hummingbird by flox

our hummingbird by flox


my hummingbird by flox

my hummingbird by flox


your robin by flox

your robin by flox


swallow by flox

swallow by flox

our fantail by flox

our fantail by flox

 we love birds and we especially love the birds by flox. flox is the premiere female stencil artist in aotearoa and she brings a feminine touch to a generally boys own club. these birds are off to fashion week so we are saying goodbye today..

walnut veneer and enamel
1200mm x 600mm 
edition of 3 

$1575 each

e rere i whanganui a tara ki te matau e whiti ana te ra


e rere i whanganui a tara ki te matau e whiti ana te ra

“flying home to hawke’s bay from wellington on a summers day”

2300mm x 1700mm

Lovingly hand stitched by nga waiata and painted with acrylics.

tulsi from standard issue is on a road trip around the north island and visited us today. she tried on a few things for us while in the store, here she wears a standard issue deep vee sweater in cream mix.

tulsi wears new season zambesi yoko dress and low riders shorts.

here we have the zambesi jetson jacket. a very structured piece back from the future.

Today the store was taken over by Salasai and the shooting of the new collection for next winter and more importantly the show at this years NZ fashion week. I’m sure all over the country it’s a mad rush right now for all the design houses, adding the last touches to their collections.

Ellie and Dan work on Leilani.

MisteR is a fashion brand here to put some fun and style back into menswear. MisteR is about getting men away from mass production and giving them a unique, quality, New Zealand-made product. 

Here’s a sneak preview of the long sleeve Anchor Shirt and Naval Blazer.

Mary wears the new Beth Ellery summer 09 cotton floral dresses. Nice and light for that special summer occasion. Also pictured Nom D’s summer wrap cardi.

We thought you should know we are in full winter sale right now!

Standard Issue women’s merino knitwear is reduced for the first time. The team at Standard Issue are releasing a whole batch of new styles, replacing a large part of the collection. Standard Issue is the finest merino knitwear all made in New Zealand from hand picked super fine merino ewes and lambs… well, that’s what i was told.

Muka Youth Prints

Muka Print Exhibition
Original contemporary art exclusively for youth aged 5-18

Young People Buy Art – No Adults

viewing and ordering prints
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 July
10am – 4pm

This weekend Aroha Lamour hosts the Muka Youth Prints Exhibition with a collection of forty original lithographs by twenty prominent artists from New Zealand, Australia and Europe.

Here are some pictures of the Home Base in-store installation. Leanne and Brian have created some beautiful fabrics and soft furnishings. Come down and take a browse.

Home Base Collections has created a range of fabrics inspired by the things we love about New Zealand. icons we remember, things we had forgotten. something pretty, but not too pretty, feminine, but not too girly, sometimes more masculine, thought provoking but kind to the eye, soft, beautiful & honest. a leaf or an anchor, a symbol of hope & unity. something you will never tire of, a holiday for you & for the earth.

please join us at the launch: friday 9th may, 5-7pm at aroha lamour.

view the collection from 10th may – 30th June