Thursday’s Mood Board is inspired by GOLD! Been spending a little too much time on our Pinterest page recently so we put together our favourite things. Gold is great in winter because it goes perfectly with black, navy, chocolate brown and winter white- and it lifts any outfit! An accent of gold in your interiors also lightens a room on a gloomy day.
Hope you have a golden day!
Much Love, AW xx
GREG WHITECLIFFE MEMORIAL CHARITABLE TRUST EXHIBITION OPENS MAY 25TH
In 2006 my mum; Michele Whitecliffe created The Greg Whitecliffe Charitable Memorial Trust in honour of my dad, who passed away in 2001. Through the trust Mum has been passionately supporting young and emerging artists in the form of “life experiences”, scholarships and awards. The aim is to both encourage young creative school students to pursue art as a career path and to support those whom are already working in the field-giving them an experience or cash donation that will help them expand their business.
“This is the first solo show of Greg’s work since he passed away. As Co-Founder of Whitecliffe College, Greg’s love for art has inspired my children and me to continue to support other young artists. The works on paper included in the exhibition are monoprints, screenprints and etchings in a price range from $90-$500. This is wonderful affordable art – come and support the Trust and help us make a difference,” Michele Whitecliffe.
The exhibition opens Monday, May 25th from 5.30-7.30pm and will be open Tuesday 26/5 and Wednesday 27/5 from 10am-5pm at Pearce Gallery located at 130 St. Georges Bay Road in Parnell. All funds from the sales support the Trust’s awards and scholarships.
For more information, visit the Greg Whitecliffe website.
Hope to see you all there!
Much Love, Amber xx
We had a bit of fun shooting this Mini Ball Dress Collection!
It is that time of year again! I have so much fun working with customers to make the perfect Ball dresses! Limited stock is available in store and online of these existing designs so GET IN QUICK!. Or we can make a custom design for you-just come choose a unique fabric from our amazing collection in house, then choose a size and style! (please keep in mind orders take 2-4 weeks)
Love Amber xx
AND THATS A WRAP! #bachelorfever #reow #willyouacceptthisrose
Thanks for a lol afternoon team!
(above myself and mum wearing matching AW outfits on various occasions!)
It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday!
So come treat yourself to an Amber Whitecliffe garment and receive a FREE GIFT for you and your mum (mother in law, godmother or grandmother!) Simply spend over $100 between now and Mother;s Day (10th May) and we will give you 2x KAREN MURRELL LIPSTICKS of your choice! (valued at $59.90). That means you can buy yourself that Amber Whitecliffe dress you have been crushing on AND you will be in mum’s good books, perfect!!
Look forward to seeing you in store soon!
This Winter Collection was something really different for me! I enjoyed designing it and making it and I hope you do too! All the embroidery fabric is sourced from my trip to India in January; You can read my inspiration here . The collection so far has been a hit! Pieces are very limited so make sure you pop in to see the first drop soon!
Drop Two is on its way shortly so keep an eye out!
Much Love, Amber xx
Photo by Shop Style Conquer (More photos can be found here )
April 24th 2015 Marked #whomademyclothes day. Two years ago today, 1133 people were killed and over 2500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Fashion Revolution Day started from this. Trending on social media, I saw lots of people showing their support by taking a selfie showing the label of their clothing and explaining where it was made with the hashtag #whomademyclothes and #fashrev.
One of those people was Auckland blogger Ellen from Shop Style Conquer. Above she wears the Amber Whitecliffe Maketu Tee. In the article link below, she explains her thoughts on the matter and her findings of NZ Made VS. Overseas made items from chain stores here
AND another great article by Viva-NZ Herald can be found here
It is a very interesting topic and to be honest I have been reluctant to debate it. Everyone has a different opinion and reasonings, so instead I thought I would share my process, as I believe it’s important for people to know where their clothes come from.
I design and make everything in NZ. I have a hand in the entire process, from design, fabric choice, make, marketing, right through to selling the garment to the customer. Within the process of creating my garments, I often need people to assist me with the following; pattern making, grading, cutting, sewing, pressing. Those people are paid a healthy wage (the only exception being my husband – he gets paid in kisses!).
I am very passionate about making clothes with beautiful fabric and great quality, and at the moment I have been able to achieve that in New Zealand. As long as people continue to support NZ Made then I will be able to keep it that way, but I have been tempted to make the shift to overseas due to price.
The problem doesn’t seem to be that people don’t understand that NZ Made costs more – most consumers are really on to it and educated to such causes like #whomademyclothes and get that part. The part I find most people are missing is what they are getting for those extra dollars spent.
If you pay for an Amber Whitecliffe NZ Made item, you are:
–Receiving an item that will last. I understand that my garments aren’t as cheap as other clothing brands out there. But I have personally ensured that each and every garment I design uses high quality fabrics, that are set to last. You might find that my AW Wool/Cashmere coat is an investment item, but it will last for years to come.
–Local contact. I work in my boutique right here in Parnell, Auckland every day. You get to meet the designer and give me your direct feedback. If your garment doesn’t last or it needs a repair, bring it in and I will replace it or repair it for you. If you’re unsure how to wash your AW garment, give me a call. Or if you just love that AW dress and get so many comments on it, I can make you another one
-Get exactly what you want. I have the special service of custom made garments and alterations, so I can tailor a garment to your specific needs. All women have different body shapes and don’t necessarily fit into a specific size – this is where I can come in handy.
–Unique and exclusivity. I only make one of each size per design, sometimes less! So if you do spend those extra few dollars on a special dress, you can be reassured that you won’t see anyone else wearing it!
–Supporting local business When you buy an AW garment, you’re supporting: the NZ-owned fabric wholesalers where I buy my materials such as H&F and Wall Fabrics, my seamstress Barbara in Henderson, my pattern maker Galar in Titirangi, my workroom and shop assistant Jess (a Whitecliffe fashion student), Jess from Studio Silva – my gorgeous friend who does my graphic design (she is actually based in Australia, but she doesn’t play sport so she’s ok! Haha.), City Construction in Parnell who I pay rent to, and so many others.
-You are supporting me A 27-year-old kiwi girl, working hard to make a living out of what she loves to do!
I hope you found this blog post interesting. I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback about NZ Made clothing and why you buy the clothes that you do.
Much Love, Amber xx
We are very excited to announce that a new NZ designer has joined us to make your Summer wardrobes even more exciting!
“TRISH – is the new accessible ready-to-wear line designed by luxury designer TRISH PENG. Splashes of colour just in time to flaunt for Summer, ranging from daywear to cocktail for the everyday woman. The brand is ever growing; challenging boundaries and style, while preserving the essence of beauty and staying true to the energetic modern woman”.
Some of you may have seen Trish Peng in her first debut show at New Zealand Fashion Week this year. Trish is a fellow graduate of Amber’s, and they also worked at Trelise Cooper together. We are thrilled to be able to support Trish and offer our special customers another brand that is high quality, colourful and proudly made in NZ.
Summer events are well underway and the limited range by TRISH PENG is in store now, so come check it out!
Click here to see a short video with behind the scenes action of our Mrs Pinto Summer 14/15 photoshoot and a look into our Parnell boutique! Amber explains the inspiration behind the collection and tells us a little more about the business.
Love Amber Whitecliffe xx
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Last week we had an exclusive event for Auckland based fashion bloggers, sponsored by Petal Cupcakes and Scarlett’s Spritzers. We were lucky enough to have Evelyn Ebrey as the guest speaker. The years of experience and knowledge Evelyn has of the fashion/creative industry was very interesting and inspiring to the budding bloggers. Thank you Evelyn! Also a big thank you Photographer Kalana Dayarante for capturing the evening and Katie Eustace from Network Communications who helped me prepare for this event. The first close up viewing of the collection (and the recreation of the chili wall from the Look-book shoot) was very well received by everyone, and you can see some of their reviews in the below links:
Tara and Ellen from Shop Style Conquer
Megan from Thread NZ
Nicole from Nirific
Tash from My Wardrobe on a Blog
Steph from Always Friday
Christine from Ruby Fearless
Helena from Helena’s Hideaway
Kershia from Catwalk Cult
Britney from Scout & Company
Blogger Britney Hazeldine has also created a gorgeous 1 minute video of the night which you can watch here. Please also see below a few images from the night.
We hope to see you in Parnell soon!
Love Amber xx
ALL PINK EVERYTHING!
Celebrating our new lipstick colour from Karen Murrell – Sugar Rush with a collage of our favourite pink things!
1. Pink flowers-of course! 2.big pink summer hats for the beach 3. Our Peony Maxi for those glam events 4. The Veronica B hot pink 100% leather clutch 5. KM Lipstick Sugar Rush 6. what it looks like on the lips! 7. Our fav trans-seasonal piece the Jellytip Dress 8. Pineapple print is everywhere-we are diggin it 9. Our First Lady Singlet-a perfect little pop of colour for a summer’s day!
Love Amber xx