"For a small, relatively isolated country, we punch well above our weight. I’ve been following iD Dunedin Fashion Week this past week, and it’s fantastic to see the degree of creativity and skill coming out of New Zealand designers participating in that event. That’s why I get worried when I hear about changes in the fashion industry in New Zealand that make it harder and harder to be a designer here – from retailers failing to pay bills on time, to fabric wholesalers closing down their apparel supply. The reality is that most New Zealand designers are killing themselves to make things they think are worthwhile. They’re business managers, web designers, deal negotiators, HR specialists, IT support, cleaning staff, receptionists, PR representatives and that’s just in their own businesses – on top of designing, making, and in many instances, working a second “real” job."
Amen to that - attempting to design and put together a collection is no easy feat when working with a limited pool of suppliers in this corner of the world!
Link to blog here.