Ghost Street.
Whole steamed king prawns, glass noodles, fried garlic, sweet soy.
Steamed wong bok rolls, soy, fresh chilli.

This new underground eatery is bringing a taste of Beijing to Britomart

When it comes to dining out in winter, we crave warming, flavourful dishes and a cosy, cocooning environment in which to enjoy them. While this week’s opening of their new venture may have been in the works for over two years, hospitality duo Krishna Botica and Tony McGeorge are right on time with Ghost Street. 

Situated beneath their recently relocated (and eternally popular) restaurant Cafe Hanoi, Ghost Street has made itself at home in what was previously 1885 Basement. The subterranean space was given a thoughtful interior refresh by Dajiang Tai and James Ting of Cheshire Architects, an elevated yet approachable reimagining of the bustling hole-in-the-wall eateries that run along Beijing’s famous food street from which this eatery takes its name.

Textural and transportative, the 82-seat space presents all manner of options for differing group sizes — as perfect for an intimate date night as a rousing meal with friends, a business lunch and more. A 44-seat private dining room will also open on the 1st of June. A long, stool-lined, shared table runs in between the central pillars of the room, with an open kitchen giving diners ample view of executive chef Nathan Houpapa and head chef Khai Yee ‘KK’ Khor leading the culinary action.

The idea behind Ghost Street, Botica tells us, was to hone in on aspects of Chinese cuisine that the team feels passionate about. As with Cafe Hanoi, Xuxu Dumpling Bar and Saan, the eatery celebrates Asian cuisine while combining it with a Western-style beverage offering — at Ghost Street, this takes the form of aromatic cocktails that contain spices, bitters and herbs, almost like a Chinese apothecary, plus a curated selection of Champagne, wine and beer.

Both Houpapa and Khor have a particular affinity for Chinese food, and Ghost Street’s menu offers rustic, seasonal dishes from throughout the country with a particular emphasis on those from the western cities of Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan, and Xi’an. A research trip in China two years ago saw the team curate a collection of dishes that pack a flavourful punch, with a balanced selection that means you can hit all manner of taste profiles from tart and vinegary to savoury, to both sichuan and hot spice. 

Chinese pickles with fried wonton skins are an ideal way to start, and the pickle bowl is generous enough that you can cleanse your palate in between other bites. Scallop wontons are beautifully silky, layered in a shallow gingery broth laced with numbing sichuan oil. We found the vege fried rice to be extremely moreish yet non-stodgy, and we are told KK’s special fried rice with tiger prawn tails and XO sauce is another must-order.

Biang Biang noodles are already being touted as somewhat of a signature, and whole steamed Australian king prawns are a delicious dish to roll up your sleeves for, arriving in their shells on top of an umami tangle of glass noodles and stuffed with fried garlic. The full menu is comprehensive yet not overwhelming, with plenty to satisfy both carnivores and vegetarians alike. We also loved the sichuan eggplant — spicy and jammy, it melts in the mouth and is topped with sesame seeds and fresh chilli.

It’s not something we’d usually mention, but even the menu design is clever — tick a box next to the dishes you want, hand it over and you’ll be saved all the back and forth of yelling over the table to your waitperson. 

As they are wont to do with their other openings, Ghost Street’s team has identified a gap in their neighbourhood’s offering and filled it in the best way possible. We suggest you get yourself down there to try it for yourself.

Opening hours:
Monday to Wednesday: 5PM — close (around 10PM)
Thursday: 12 noon — close (around 10PM)
Friday: 12 noon — late (around midnight)
Saturday: 5PM — late (around midnight)
Sunday: 5PM — close (around 10PM)

Ghost Street
Basement Floor,
27 Galway Street,
Britomart
Access via Tuawhiti Lane (adjacent to Hotel Britomart)

www.ghoststreetakl.nz

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Meet actor Erana James, the Kiwi rising star making her mark on global screens

Among young New Zealand creatives with their sights set on fame and fortune, a voyage overseas is a well-trodden tradition. For 22-year-old actor Erana James, however, Hollywood came to her, offering a central role in the Amazon Prime Video series The Wilds.

Filmed in Auckland, it was touted as the breakout hit of the season upon its release in December 2020 (with a second season confirmed soon after), and thanks to the show’s success James has been catapulted onto the global stage.

The Wilds follows eight young women who, following a plane crash, are washed up on a desert island. Described as a successor of Lord of the Flies, or Lost (but with teenage girls), the show has been praised for its relatable portrayals of a range of young women from diverse backgrounds, and its stars have garnered dedicated fanbases that grow seemingly by the minute.

James as Toni Shalifoe in Prime Video’s The Wilds.

For James, who plays tomboy Toni Shalifoe and was the only main cast member from Aotearoa, the opportunity to shoot her first American TV show on home soil was a dream. “It was so amazing,” she tells me. “It’s the type of job that can change your life a little bit, because you get thrown out of life as you know it for such a long time.”

Having a strong female support system throughout the filming process was also incredible, she says, reflecting on the opportunity to work with industry legends such as the late Jamie Tarses, producer Amy Harris and writer Sarah Streicher, as well as her other female co-stars.

James was born in Whangārei and moved to Wellington when she was 10, where she got into acting at the age of 14 — her mother manages performing arts school Rata Studios. There, James was mentored by actor and renowned acting coach Miranda Harcourt, which led to the then-17-year-old being cast in her first local breakout role as Laura Chant in the Margaret Mahy film-adaption, The Changeover. A year after that was released, she was cast in The Wilds.

“I never really thought it would be something I’d do full time,” says James of her accelerating acting career. “But, I’ve been very willingly thrown into this crazy job at the moment, that I hope will continue to go well.”

Poised, eloquent and wise beyond her years, James speaks candidly about her journey and keeping her head in a notoriously difficult industry. She’s getting used to having more eyes on her than ever before, including a social media following of over 218,000, but she’s also not afraid to speak out for what she’s passionate about.

“I have always been and will always be passionate about indigenous culture, having indigenous culture be at the forefront of the education system and being able to play indigenous characters,” says James, who is Māori from Ngāti Whātua-o-Ōrākei hapū on her father’s side. “Telling those stories through the right lenses has always been [important]… and also changing the narrative around the types of women we see in film.”

Coming off the back of playing Toni, an openly gay character, James is delighted by the outpouring of positive messages she received from the LGBTQ+ community, telling her they felt seen and represented by her portrayal. “It just means the world.”

When it comes to preparing for a role, part of what makes James so compelling to watch is her skill in finding a balance between inhabiting a character and being herself. “My acting coach [Miranda Harcourt] speaks about finding the naturalism in the story you’re telling,” she says, “so, whatever part of myself I can activate for whatever character I’m playing — stronger, dull that back, push that further — if there’s already truth in that [emotion] in me, then I hope the truth comes through in that character.”

Ask James about who or what is inspiring her, and she’s quick to praise her brother, Ethan James, who also works in the industry as a 1st Assistant Camera (also known as a focus puller) naming him as her “biggest inspiration and drive.” And, as far as dream roles are concerned? “I have always wanted to work with Jane Campion, so whatever role she wants to give me!”

This year, James will be filming season two of The Wilds for several months, and after that, she’s looking forward to diving into more work. We’re sure she’ll have her pick of any number of amazing roles.

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Meet Sunday Blessings Auckland, the community-driven initiative combating food insecurity

It’s always a good time to think about what you could be doing to give back to the community and those in need. It can, however, occasionally be a little confusing trying to figure out what the best use of your funds or your time will be. In this new series, we’re highlighting initiatives that we deem worthy of your support. First up is Auckland community-driven food service Sunday Blessings

The philosophy
Sunday Blessings Auckland was formed in 2018 to address its founders’ commonly held belief that no one should have to rummage through a rubbish bin for food. That same year, a report by the United Nations, Food and Agriculture Organization, and the World Health Organization found that 14 percent of New Zealanders experience regular food insecurity. This figure is likely to have grown significantly in the aftermath of Covid-19, and Sunday Blessings Auckland aims to combat this by providing nourishing, hot meals to those in need.

Who they are
Sunday Blessings Auckland was founded by Laurie McLeod, Audrey Van Ryn and Danielle LeGallais, and involves a rotating roster of kind volunteers who get involved every week. 

What they do
Utilising community surplus food and volunteers, Sunday Blessings Auckland feeds around 160 people every Sunday at the Ellen Melville Centre on Freyberg Place, in the Auckland CBD, having served more than 26,000 meals since it was formed. The once-a-week service is often increased with an impromptu meal when they have a surplus of food donations, and the initiative helps to alleviate food waste overall by working with local hospitality businesses to repurpose their excess food. 

Co-founder LeGallais also frequently speaks to audiences about how to get involved in community work, simultaneously aiming to help shift negative preconceptions about the un-homed. This year, as well as the food-focused aspect of Sunday Blessings, LeGallais says the team will be moving into offering advocacy services in an effort to empower the community.

Who they work alongside
Sunday Blessings partners with various other important initiatives and charities to offer even more than a nourishing meal at the gathering site. These include Orange Sky, which provides free laundry and showers to people experiencing homelessness, and registered charity Tender Love & Care.

Not-for-profit repurposed clothing initiative Koha Apparel joins Sunday Blessings once a month, and loyal yet unofficial supporters include Glendowie Primary School’s staff and students, both St Georges and Kings College rowing clubs, and community group Brown Pride NZ.

Several hospitality organisations and retailers also regularly support eliminating food insecurity with less waste practices using Sunday Blessings, including Bluebells Cakery, AUT Events and its Newsfeed Cafe, Refuel Cafe in Onehunga and more.

How to get involved
A roster on the Sunday Blessings website that is simple to complete makes it very easy to get involved. Find links to two Google Doc sheets, one to volunteer for serving and one to volunteer to cook. Anything could be on the menu, including baked cakes and biscuits, pizzas, stews, soups, sausage rolls or sandwiches. Sunday Blessings is unique in that it takes perishable items for people to eat (as long as they’re still unspoiled, of course).

It’s also a great thing to get the whole family involved in, especially young children, who will benefit from seeing the value of compassion at a young age. As the Sunday Blessings team says: “don’t underestimate the power of a warm smile from someone giving their time and food.”

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Wild Game Month at Onslow.

Here’s everything you need to know about Auckland’s dining scene this May

There are plenty of tasty things to get excited about this May, from fine-dining vegan degustations to ultra-luxe Champagne lunches, a bottomless frosé bar — and much more.

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Wild game month at Onslow
Throughout May, as the cold weather creeps in, Onslow is encouraging diners to embrace the slow food movement — celebrating dishes that take longer to prepare, and meals that take their time at the table. During autumn and winter, the restaurant is offering a special four-course Sunday lunch for $79, with the option to upgrade to a full wine match. As the first weekend in May signals the beginning of New Zealand’s game season, the first Sunday lunch series will revolve around all things wild game this month — expect to see rabbit cassoulet, venison sausage rolls, confit duck and more.

Euro’s snapper belly tartare, chilli, lime, taramasalata, taro.

An autumnal long lunch at Euro
Gather your group and enjoy Euro’s autumn lunch menu, celebrating warming flavours for the upcoming cooler days. Available throughout May, the menu features six delicious dishes designed to share and a glass of selected wine, for only $40 per person.

A celebration of fine food, craft beer, and whisky at Botswana Butchery
Join the team at Botswana Butchery, along with The Tuatara Brewing Co. & Glenfiddich Distillery, on Thursday, 20th of May, for their Against the Grain Whisky Dinner. With four scrumptious courses, each paired with a craft beer and whisky, this meal will be a must for fans of rich and indulgent flavours such as grass-fed beef tartare, ostrich loin, and Te Mana slow-roasted lamb. To book, contact the restaurant directly on 09 307 6966.

Vegan degustation at Sidart.

A vegan degustation at Sidart
Sidart is, of course, known for its exceptional cuisine, service, and atmosphere, and the team is putting on an exciting plant-based menu for the Eat Drink Love Ponsonby festival this year. For the entire month of May, a five or seven-course vegan degustation will be available, featuring all manner of exquisite delights — no animal products included. There will also be the option of fully vegan wine matches to complement the menus.

Celebrate the mum in your life with a delicious meal
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Billecart-Salmon Champagne lunch at Onemata, Park Hyatt Auckland
This very special event taking place on Saturday, 29th of May, with Onemata setting the scene for a luxurious lunch, paired with Billecart-Salmon Champagne. Expect a selection of canapés and a glass of the good stuff on arrival, followed by four delicious courses — all paired with premium Billecart-Salmon Champagne, for $195 per person. Expect the likes of Ora King salmon and goats cheese crumpets; Harmony pork katsu; Lobster with buffalo ricotta agnolotti — and more. Plus, if you book a room at Park Hyatt Auckland, you can trot up there afterwards feeling very well fed indeed. For bookings and enquiries, please contact Aimee Tuck on 09 366 2500 or [email protected]

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An Italian-style long lunch at Non Solo Pizza
While this offer may not be May specific, we think it’s always a good time to linger over a delicious long lunch, and what better place to do so than Non Solo Pizza? Gather your friends and loved ones and make a day of it, with shared plates for the table including a large selection of antipasti; pasta like linguine and ricotta, spinach and mushroom rotolo; a roasted pork belly porchetta with duck fat potatoes; and dessert. For $55 a head, and groups of four or more, if this doesn’t get you ready for winter, we don’t know what will.

Dinner and a show with Satya at Hyderabad Hotel
Get your culture fix and an irresistible meal to boot, with this pop-up play happening at Hyderabad Hotel. Showing for three days on the 4th, 5th and 6th of May, Lovepreet Reckons is a Rom-Com that follows newlyweds Corrie and Ferdosh as they move into a new apartment building following their honeymoon. Having to cope with the new apartment being smaller than expected, Corrie and Ferdosh find themselves not only having to contend with conflict in their own relationship; but also with intrusive family members and the crazy neighbours they’ve inherited — needless to say, hilarity ensues. This event is $89 for a five-course meal and 90-minute play, make sure you book before it sells out.

Frosé Your Way at Dr Rudi’s
From now until 6th of June, rosé fans are invited to indulge in its fun frozen counterpart with a bottomless frosé pop-up at Viaduct Harbour venue Dr Rudi’s. Featuring various eye-catching frosé shades plus a DIY garnish wall filled with sweet treats, Frosé Your Way is available in 2-hour slots with a one-foot pizza for $49 per person, minimum four people per booking.

Grownup Donuts.

New openings to check out
Brothers Beer & Juke Joint BBQ — Birkenhead: Bringing a family-friendly gastropub vibe to the North Shore, the sixth venue from the team behind Brothers Beer combines crafty brews and tasty eats for a crowd-pleasing offering. Read about it here.

Dusty’s Depot: With fans across the city for its artisanal baked goods, The Dusty Apron has finally opened a bakery and cafe out east where you can grab a croissant and some great coffee to go. Visit the spot in St Johns, and read about it here.

Grownup Donuts: Some of the best doughnuts we’ve ever tried have come to the central city, and we’re both overjoyed and concerned for our blood sugar levels. Handmade daily with no artificial ingredients or preservatives, these indulgent treats are the real deal. Find the new store at 2 Anzac Ave, and read about it here.

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A joyfully feminine perfume, Kate Spade New York harnesses a combination of fruity and floral notes— in particular, wild strawberry. Perfumer Marie Salamagne of renowned Swiss fragrance company Firmenich aimed to pay tribute to the lush red fruit, capturing its unique scent and tempering it with rose essence.

A top note of bergamot adds a sparkling, citrus element, while the floral heart combines that rose essence with freesia. Base notes of ambroxan and cashmeran add a slightly musky, woody depth, ensuring this fragrance is not simply sweet frivolity.

For Kate Spade New York’s launch, dancer Maddie Ziegler lent her rhythmic talents in a free-spirited campaign capturing spontaneous celebration. Shot against the iconic New York City skyline, Ziegler and her friends embody the unbridled joy that comes with feeling authentically yourself — a sensibility we hope to channel, while smelling delicious in the process.

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Mela's signature Snack Box.

Fine dining restaurant Mela launches delicious new autumn menu

A hidden gem in central Auckland is crafting fine dining food with love and flair. Named Mela, the restaurant is located in the City Road site previously occupied by Number 5, however this new incarnation is a destination all of its own. 

Owner and Executive Chef Jack Crosti has impressive experience from local kitchens, having worked at fine-dining institutions Sidart and The Grove, plus contemporary projects like the former Middle Eastern restaurant Beirut. Raised in Italy, his passion for cooking started at a young age, passed down from his mother and grandmothers. “Food elicits so many positive emotions and memories for me,” says Crosti, “and I was inspired to turn that sentiment into a career.”

He took over Number 5 at the end of 2019, bestowing it with its new name in October 2020 to solidify the venue as a project wholly his own. “The inspiration for the name Mela originates from a Greek fable; that we are all half of an apple, eternally searching for our other perfect half in order to make us complete,” he says. “Having my own restaurant felt like what I needed to do to feel whole as a chef.”

The food at Mela is predominantly European-style to tie in with Crosti’s background (before coming to New Zealand he worked at Michelin star restaurants in London plus establishments in Europe, the US and Australia), and draws from his many experiences around the world while celebrating the beauty of our local ingredients and produce. “Ultimately, I want to express creativity in food and emphasise the best New Zealand raw ingredients.” 

Diners can order either a la carte, or to indulge in a three, five or seven course degustation. Many of the products are made from scratch in-house, such as fresh cheese, cured meats, and fermented fruits and vegetables. 

With a seasonally changing offering, the autumn menu is brand new this week and is inspired by Crosti’s childhood memories of Italy in the fall — walks in the forest with his grandmother, foraging for mushrooms and chestnuts to cook on the fireplace. 

Highlights include mushroom, celeriac and burnt onion — packed with umami and earthiness, the celeriac is cooked in a facto-fermented mushroom broth made with oyster mushrooms grown on site. A warm broth of onions has been gently smoked on coffee tree charcoal and soy that has been fermented in-house. 

Beef cheek with last summer’s fermented blueberry and wasabi is also a stand-out — cooked for 72 hours, the beef cheek is brushed with the blueberry paste and finished on charcoal, served with a New Zealand wasabi-infused yoghurt, fresh cucumbers and herbaceous sauce. 

To finish, we particularly love the sound of goat milk ice cream infused with beeswax, finished with a warm pistachio cake, a fresh and zingy sorrel granita, and grated Koko Samoa for a slightly bitter finish. 

While 2020 was undoubtedly a tough year to be in hospitality, Crosti is forging ahead with innovation and passion for the craft. “It is a privilege to showcase my idea of food to this beautiful country that has adopted me,” he says. In sharing the inspiration behind his dishes with diners at Mela, Crosti hopes to help them feel more connected to the experience. “I love getting to share my story with customers, and making it far more than just a meal.”

To celebrate Mela’s new autumn menu, we have a delicious dining experience to give away to one lucky winner, who will receive a seven-course degustation for two, including Mela’s signature snack box with snacks for two, and a glass of bubbles each on arrival.

This giveaway has now closed.

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Auckland Writers Festival is back with a bang and these are the best sessions to book

After having to be cancelled in 2020 due to unfortunate circumstances we’re all very familiar with, Auckland Writers Festival is back with a bang this year. Bringing us a smashing selection of the best writers and thinkers from here and abroad, the Festival is a place for all to celebrate the world of books and ideas, enriching the culture of our city from the 11th — 16th of May. 

If you’d like some guidance on what to book from the excellent selection of sessions, here are the events we’re looking forward to seeing at the 2021 Auckland Writers Festival.

Left: Neil Gaiman. Right: Kazuo Ishiguro.

The Universe of Story: Neil Gaiman
Famed British author Neil Gaiman will be here in person (he’s currently living in Hawke’s Bay with his partner, musician Amanda Palmer) to espouse on the art of storytelling that he’s beloved for the world over, following the recent publication of updated collection The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction. Containing 50 of his short stories plus excerpts from American Gods, Neverwhere and more, the book showcases Gaiman’s range and prowess as one of the world’s most talented contemporary writers — one that has sold over 50 million books, no less. Catch him in conversation with author Nic Low on Sunday, 16th of May.

A Nobel Life: Kazuo Ishiguro
Those who have read his books can’t help but love the restrained yet poignant prose of Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro. The author of acclaimed novels like The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go has released a brilliant new book that is, once again, garnering hefty praise. Klara and the Sun tells the story of an artificial being in search of the family that will fulfil the purpose she was created for. Through Klara’s eyes we see both beautiful and cruel aspects of human nature anew, and ask the question: what does it mean to love? See Ishiguro in conversation with Michelle Langstone via livestream on Saturday, 15th of May, discussing his life’s work.

Left: Patricia Grace. Right: Garance Dore.

From the Centre: Patricia Grace
One of New Zealand’s most celebrated authors, Patricia Grace will be talking about the experiences that have shaped her life, books and distinctive voice following the publication of her new memoir From the Centre: A writer’s life — out on the 4th of May. Having penned multiple beloved novels, short stories, and children’s books including Potiki, Cousins (which has been adapted into a major film, in cinemas now) and Tu, Grace is sure to have plenty of wisdom and inspiring words to share, in conversation with Nic Low on Saturday, 15th of May.

A Question of Style: Garance Doré
One of the original fashion bloggers that kicked off the influencer movement, Garance Doré’s story is far from predictable. Having found what others would deem the pinnacle of success in the fashion industry, Doré walked away from it all in 2015 shortly after publishing her first book — New York Times bestseller Love X Style X Life — to find what made her truly happy. With a weekly subscription newsletter sharing personal, philosophical and often hilarious insights about her life, Doré speaks with Wendy Petrie via livestream about her journey on Friday, 14th of May.

Left: Ai Weiwei. Right: Behrouz Boochani.

Conversations: Ai Weiwei
The chance to hear directly from such an important, cultural figure is one we are excited about, as Ai Weiwei joins the festival via livestream to discuss his latest book Conversations. Chronicling candid discussions with critical thinkers, including Andrew Solomon and Evan Osnos, Weiwei touches on his relationship with China, the meaning of citizenship, how to make art, and technology as a tool for freedom of oppression. He will be talking to film-maker Chelsea Winstanley on Friday, 14th of May.

No Friend but the Mountains: Behrouz Boochani
Sometimes, in life, it’s good to have things put in perspective, and Behrouz Boochani’s story is sure to help with that. The Kurdish-Iranian journalist became a political prisoner after fleeing from Iran in 2013, detained indefinitely in the Australian-run Manus Regional Processing Centre, Papua New Guinea. On a smuggled mobile phone, he chronicled six years in the centre, tapped out in Farsi in a series of single messages, and subsequently translated into English by Omid Tofighian. The result was his book No Friend But The Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison, which went on to win a host of literary prizes. Now resident in New Zealand, Boochani speaks with Julie Hill on Friday, 14th of May.

From left: Reb Fountain, Tom Scott, Marlon Williams, Moana Maniapoto.

A Celebration of Song: Reb, Tom, Marlon & Moana
The craft of songwriting is often just as much of a beautiful mystery as authors penning novels. Three of Aotearoa’s most esteemed musicians Reb Fountain, Tom Scott and Marlon Williams, will join fellow singer Moana Maniapoto to dissect their artistry and inspirations. Completing the conversation will be acoustic performances, making this session one to prioritise for both literary and music fans on Thursday, 13th of May.

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A Pair of Standout Sneakers

A Pair of Standout Sneakers

A Pair of Standout Sneakers

A Pair of Standout Sneakers

There are sneakers and then there are sneakers, and these ones from Prada are deemed (in our book, at least) essential for the casual ‘cool’ and intriguing detail they promise to bring to an otherwise straightforward outfit. 

Prada PRAX 01 nylon sneakers 

A Versatile Shirt

A Versatile Shirt

A Versatile Shirt

A Versatile Shirt

A casual, collared shirt should sit at the heart of your repertoire. Easy to wear with anything, this piece will lend a certain formality to outfits that call for more than just a casual look.

Dadelszen cashmere and cotton shirt

A Sleek Weekender

A Sleek Weekender

A Sleek Weekender

A Sleek Weekender

Every man needs a bag that says, ‘I’ve travelled’ without looking like it actually says ‘backward through a bush, that is.’ Cast aside the luggage you’ve been pulling off your top shelf for years, and invest in a smart, sleek-looking bag that will add to your sartorial prowess, not detract from it.

Louis Vuitton bag 

A Comfortable Sweater

A Comfortable Sweater

A Comfortable Sweater

A Comfortable Sweater

In an age when comfort has become key, an all-purpose sweater is non-negotiable. Opting for something that is a step up from slouchy without feeling too high-end means that you will be able to pair it with anything. 

Elle + Riley Asher cashmere crewneck

A Layering Piece

A Layering Piece

A Layering Piece

A Layering Piece

A scarf will prove perhaps the most useful accessory in your wardrobe, particularly in the face of changing temperatures. Whether used as sleek layering or a heavy-duty coverup this piece is as stylish as it is user-friendly. 

Acne Studios scarf from Workshop

A Pair of Everyday Shades

A Pair of Everyday Shades

A Pair of Everyday Shades

A Pair of Everyday Shades

Not only are they practical, sophisticated, and destined to give you an air of mystery, but dark shades will also be your best friend when trying to mask a previous night’s conviviality.

Dita Lancier Sea Lens sunglasses from Parker & Co

A Steadfast Belt

A Steadfast Belt

A Steadfast Belt

A Steadfast Belt

Secure, reliable and always there to pull things up when you’re feeling down, a classic belt is a must in any man’s wardrobe. Start with one in solid black leather before adding brown, beige, or more detailed iterations to your repertoire. 

Workshop Denim narrow leather belt

A Throw-On Jacket

A Throw-On Jacket

A Throw-On Jacket

A Throw-On Jacket

A lightweight jacket should always be on hand for days when one layer simply will not do. Opt for a style that is elegant and understated so as to be able to wear it with everything. 

Our Legacy Stingrider jacket from Workshop

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A box of Cadbury Roses is a Kiwi classic. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone in New Zealand who doesn’t have some kind of special ritual or memory attached to these colourful, chocolate morsels. For me, a box of Cadbury Roses conjures memories of my grandad, who used to always keep them by the side of his bed (and would occasionally offer me one, as a treat). It’s hardly surprising then, that as Mother’s Day rolls around again and we start thinking about all the little things we can do to spoil the important women in our lives, a box of Cadbury Roses chocolates is firmly on the list. And this year, the box we all know and love has been given a bold reimagining, thanks to local illustrator Bonnie Brown — also known as Studio Bon.

Commissioned by Cadbury to design a limited-edition Cadbury Roses box, specifically for Mother’s Day, Brown took to the project with a fresh, feminine perspective and her signature, vibrant style, creating a design that was eye-catching and sure to stand out on the shelves. “I was a bit nervous,” Brown divulges, when asked how she felt at the prospect of redesigning what has become such a recognisable box. “Kiwis immediately associate Cadbury Roses with that classic, bright blue colour so I knew I had to create something that stood out in the same way, but that also felt unique and special.”

Cadbury Roses

Marking the first time Cadbury has ever collaborated with a Kiwi artist, the new, limited-edition Cadbury Roses are indeed special, and for more reasons than just the way they look. “The design was inspired by my upbringing in Nelson and Queenstown and having summers on the coast,” Brown explains, speaking to the undulating ribbons of colour that weave across the creamy, white background of the new boxes. “Projects like this are my favourite to work on,” she continues, “because there is a lot of creative freedom, but also real-world considerations to work within… and I like the challenge.”

Wanting to create something that would be perfect as a Mother’s Day gift, Brown’s contemporary twist on a Cadbury classic is a simple, delicious way to say thank you to those who have put so much of their time into raising us.

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