Wellington is New Zealand’s capital of cool. Along with welcoming us to cherish its foodie experiences, breathtaking landscapes, and dynamic cultural life, this little city also packs a punch when it comes to fashion. Whether you’re looking for something designer or mainstream, these womenswear retailers are set to inspire your next shopping spree.
WORLD is one of the leading fashion houses in New Zealand. Established in 1989 by Denise L’Estrange-Corbet and Francis Hooper, this innovative designer brand currently releases four new collections per year, for boutique outlets all over the globe. Denise L’Estrange-Corbet was also the first female fashion designer to become a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for her contribution to the industry. The store in Wellington carries a remarkable range of womenswear and men’s fashion, staying true to WORLD’s vision of being a ‘factory of ideas and experiments’.
WORLD, 98 Vicoria Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand. +64 4 472 1595
Another locally-based fashion powerhouse. Karen Walker’s playful blend of sensuous and street made her a favourite among various celebrities, including Lorde, Rihanna, Gigi Hadid, and Florence Welch. Along with a collection shipped to 38 different countries, Karen Walker’s acumen includes a special boutique closer to home – a must-visit for designer fiends passing through Wellington city.
If you’re looking at something easier on the wallet, Good As Gold will have your fill of casual and streetwear brands. Since its humble beginnings in 2004, Good As Gold has grown to become a local institution in its own right – even gaining enough traction to expand its operations into Auckland. Its eclectic collection of clothing includes a mix of New Zealand fashion lines and international labels.
A proud Wellington native, Sophie Voon has been making her mark in women’s fashion since 1996. Her namesake boutique, Voon, offers clothing for women of all shapes and sizes. Shopaholics will marvel at a stylish collection of accessories, jewellery, and childrenswear. Voon also has a bridal shop right next door, ideal for those wanting to add a designer flair to their wedding day.
Voon, 142 Willis Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand. +64 4 801 8292
Kate Sylvester is another local designer consistently making headlines across the globe. Her collection of womenswear and accessories prioritises New Zealand-made products. With designs that contrast various concepts, from the eccentric to the refined, it’s no wonder that her Wellington boutique is settled on what can be best described as the coolest street in the city.
Antique-inspired decor meets fashion house in this designer boutique. Dame Trelise Cooper has been leading the way in the New Zealand fashion industry for 30 years. The Wellington shop that houses her seasonal womenswear collection is part of a family of outlets and boutiques spanning from New Zealand and beyond – a culmination of designer items that showcase the worthiness of her Order of Merit.
A youthful brand with streetwear origins, RUBY is renowned for its fresh and vibrant collections. Its range incorporates pieces that offer elegance with a bit of edge, an experiment between printed patterns and classic conventions. Along with housing its signature line, RUBY stocks a variety of international and locally-based brands, like ANNA + NINA, and My Deer Fox.
Kilt was established with one mission in mind: creating New Zealand made clothing that is beautiful and affordable. Founder Melissa Williams’ vision has propelled Kilt to become a powerhouse in its own right – these days, there are 14 Kilt boutiques scattered around the country. The womenswear brand is always pushing boundaries – so much so, their boutiques have new designs coming through to them on a weekly basis.
Kilt, 100 Victoria Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand. +64 4 472 4740
Sporty meets youthful-chic at Ricochet, which has been designing women‘s garments since 1993. All of its pieces draw from a variety of concepts: ranging from Japanese prints with a distinct Kiwi flavour, to androgynous designs. The store prides itself in offering timeless pieces at a price accessible to all consumers.