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
our hummingbird by flox
my hummingbird by flox
your robin by flox
swallow 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
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 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
It’s all about the dresses and frocks for us this winter. Karen Walker has delivered ‘Lucky’ with some beautiful frocks. Nom D has an ability to make everyone look good on any shaped body and they continue with the new ‘XXI’ winter collection. browse the new arrivals here –>
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Anita Levering returns to Napier on Easter Saturday bringing with her a new collection of her detailed observations of shipping vessels hulls.
Exhibition opening on Saturday 22nd March from 3-5pm at Aroha Lamour
ABC was established by legendary buddhist and street skater Chey Ataria around the turn of the century. From humble beginnings in a small room in Grey Lynn and then a garage studio in Avondale, ABC has now grown to become an iconic skate and street brand from the shores, north of the bridge.
I remember Street Life in the late 80′s and early 90′s, found on the corner of O’Connell and Victoria Street in AK. It was the well-liked streetwise store, providing locals with cool collections including the knitwear legend Standard Issue.
Workshop is for the neo modernist who can rely on the brand delivering quality and functional style. In this post modernist age it can be a relief to have clothing that’s not trying to jump out at you, challenge you or just say too much. It’s this restraint that helps make Workshop versatile, comfortable and neutral everyday wear.