“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
The Colour Closet began with a passion: a passionate idea to create good-quality, stylish, fun, bright and bold pieces of clothing items with a Pasifika flair, an edge of difference. It was daunting at first to think about it, as the market is saturated with fashion houses and brands, but we went for it. Like other businesses we set directives, timelines and a budget. Today, we completed 6 months of operation, and we want to share an update on where we are.
We planned to release a range of tapa- or masi-inspired printed clothes. Many weeks ago, we began the production of these. At the same time, being new into business, we worked hard at marketing our brand. Today we are very happy to announce that our dresses are completed, and these are now stocked and sold exclusively at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Store. Please see for example the photo of our red and green muumuu as displayed in the store and graced with a hand woven Maori feather cloak (Cape Toroa 2015 by Kohai Grace, Ngati Toa Hongoeka).
This is momentous and significant for us, and we can only continue to up the ante on quality, style, and uniqueness. On this website you may view some of the garments available only at Te Papa Tongarewa. So, visit their shop or contact them for purchases. We will also continue creating fun and stylish pieces and make available here on our website.
We recently had a photoshoot for our soon-to-be-launched new garments. The weather has been so abysmal and unpredictable that it was difficult to plan for anything outdoorsy. However, we made it, thanks to the kindness and generosity of dear friends who offered their beautiful home for our photoshoot. Not only did their offer ensure that our planned shoot took place, but their stunning décor reflects the ambience we hoped to create with our chosen garments. Another story that The Colour Closet will forever remember and proudly share in our journey.
I want to acknowledge and specifically thank the professional team involved in the day’s events. Their skills and creativity made plans smooth sailing, achievable, and with lots of laughs.
Photographer: Paul Maka-Kea, Hair & Make Up Artist: Vanessa Forlong, Models: Ravai Henderson-Lantin and Chelsea Cain. Location: Pip and Michael’s residence, Titahi Bay. Team assistant: Tu’e Tafilagi.
Until the next time be kind to one another.
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