Style: November 01, 2019

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FASHION NEWS

Words Kate Preece

Designers Jessica Grubisa with Madeleine Harman

with Westpac staff members Ramya Kanagala (left)

and Tina Baxter (right).

CORPORATE SWAGGER

When it comes to uniforms, out the window goes one’s fashionforward

ideals and personal preference – usually. In an interesting

twist for a corporate, Westpac has partnered with Kiwi fashion

label Harman Grubisa to not only dress their employees in

style, but to give them personal choice. Thirty items form a new

Westpac wardrobe that includes cultural items, such as a hijab.

For fashion designers Madeleine Harman and Jessica Grubisa

(who presented at New Zealand Fashion Week in 2015 and

claimed New Zealand’s first International Woolmark Prize in

2018), it’s their brand’s first foray into menswear too.

Levi’s Classic

Trucker with

Jacquard by

Google.

HEAD GEAR

Aussie favourite Avenue was founded in Sydney

by gal pals Gabriella Weinstock and Jessie Shand.

They’ve dedicated their business to creating hats – and

accessories – for women that fit and flatter, starting with

their foundation piece, the straw hat. The Noah Classic

Boater is calling our name. Find yours at Ballantynes.

CONNECTED FASHION

In our ever more connected world, technology

is making its way, seamlessly, into what we wear.

Today, the unisex Levi’s Classic and Sherpa

Trucker jackets have been enhanced by the

power of Google. Jacquard by Google sees

smart technology sewn into the cuff by way of

the Jacquard Tag, which is smaller than a stick of

gum. This pairs with your phone so that set hand

movements over the cuff enable you to take a

photo, control music, answer and end calls, and

even receive an alert if you leave your phone at

home. With programmable coloured LED lights,

you can also get an extra warning when a mustanswer

caller rings through – and more. Available

at selected Barkers stores, including Riccarton.

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