Denizen Everyday Heroes 2021: Where to get Auckland’s favourite classic men’s cuts, as voted by you

As the lockdown haircuts we have seen can attest, knowing a great barber or hairdresser is something every man needs in his self-care arsenal.

The 2021 Denizen Everyday Heroes saw over 12,000 votes cast in support of local businesses, with the aim of shining a light on the people and places that make each day look better. Here are Auckland’s favourite places to get a classic men’s haircut, as voted by those in the know.

MOST VOTED: Boar & Blade, Ponsonby & Wynyard Quarter
A staple in many mens’ self-care regimens, Boar & Blade celebrates each client, giving them the space to elevate their personal style — while feeling right at home in their stylish salon. Specialising in traditional-meets-modern styling, its two Auckland addresses deliver on cuts tailored to any need. Not only do the well-known barbers at Boar & Blade have the slickest skills when it comes to hair, but they also have a reputation for having the best banter —making it a favourite spot to relax among locals

HONOURABLE MENTION: The Gentry, Commercial Bay
An elevated barbershop for the everyman, The Gentry ensures you look sharp and step out ready to face the day. Skilled in the art of barbering — and passing on professional styling advice — The Gentry does not cut corners for the ultimate experience.

HONOURABLE MENTION: Maloney’s Barber Shop, Auckland CBD
Leaders of its craft since 2003, Maloney’s Barber Shop champions its barbers and its clients for the most feel-good cut yet. The laid-back establishment knows all the tricks of the trade, and promises to have you feeling like a new man in no time.

The rest of the best…

Barkers Groom Room, High Street & Ponsonby

Eden Barbers, Mount Eden

Hair By Wayne, Epsom

Dan’s Traditional Barber Shop, Karangahape Road

Barba Men’s Grooming Boutique, Kingsland

Tokoya Barber & Shop, Ponsonby

Paris Barber, Auckland CBD

Red’s Traditional Barber Shop, Te Atatū Peninsula

Bespoke Barbers and Vintage, Birkenhead

Slick Shop, Ponsonby

Room 104, Auckland CBD

Mo’s Hair Salon, Karangahape Road

Flash City, Ponsonby

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The cult-followed Sugar and Tempt cookies are coming to a pop-up near you

While most of us have tried our hand at lockdown baking, none of us has been as successful as Tiffany Sua. Starting the Sugar and Tempt Instagram account in early September to share her love of sweet treats, Sua never intended to sell her creations. However, her indulgent New York Chunky Chocolate and Walnut Cookie recipe attracted such a strong following (on the ‘gram and in real life) that she put together a pop-up for Labour Weekend. 

“The response was overwhelming, to say the least,” says Sua. “Although so much was planned in advance, it still wasn’t enough to tackle the enormity of it all.”

While many, many cookie aficionados missed out the first time around, Sugar and Tempt is back with another pop-up from Saturday the 27th to Monday the 29th of November. To ensure her dough-eyed devotees can secure the goods this time around, Sua has launched a website and booking platform.

As well as the world-famous-in-Auckland Chocolate Chip and Walnut Cookie, there will be a new and limited-edition, New York Gooey Biscoff to swoon over. With an abundance of caramel Biscoff and rich Equagold couverture chocolate, it will satisfy all your cookie cravings.

“My recipes create a crunchy exterior and perfectly gooey interior,” says Sua. “As a pastry chef in training, quality is very important to me. This is why I choose to use premium quality couverture chocolate. Although it costs a lot more, I truly believe it makes the world of a difference, and that cheap chocolate can easily be spotted.”

After a career switch last year, Sua is completing a diploma in Patisserie at the Auckland University of Technology. With a focus on quality over quantity, she will be offering a limited number of orders for her latest pop-up, so we suggest you click onto it — quick. 

For those who want to share the cult cookies at soon-to-be-held catch-ups, the new website also has a catering inquiry form. (There will be a minimum order of 24 cookies required, and a minimum two weeks notice for party planners.)

It seems this is only the start for Sugar and Tempt, which is working with award-winning local gelato brand Little Lato to develop a small batch gelato recipe that incorporates its Chunky Cookie bits into what we are sure will be a much-scooped summer ice cream.

The humble cookie, once again, wins over our humbled hearts.

Pop-Up Details:
Saturday 27 November: Deliveries to North and West of Auckland
Sunday 28 November: Deliveries to Central, East and South of Auckland
Monday 29 November: Pick-up from Lynfield (Location is provided upon ordering.)
Deliveries available to the rest of New Zealand.


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Our Summer issue is here, delivering all the good vibrations for the season ahead

Just in time to celebrate our much longed for freedoms, the Summer issue of Denizen celebrates our favourite time of the year, with family and friends in tow.

With the opportunity to get out and support our local retailers, hairdressers, beauty providers, restaurants, cafés, and bars more clearly on the horizon, our new issue is filled with all the intel and inspiration you need to ready yourself to emerge from captivity in style.

With our favourite restaurants re-opening next Friday, Denizen’s Gastronomy Guide highlights over 90 places to toast to summer, from picturesque outdoor dining locations to convivial cocktail spots and, for when the time comes, out-of-town eateries worth venturing to. Behind the scenes, restaurateur Fleur Caulton, of Rātā and Madam Woo, shares her thoughts on leadership in the cut-throat hospitality industry. While Paula and Richard Sigley share the good memories of their two decade long ownership of the now closed Euro.

Our What I Have Learned series continues to profile trailblazers including the fascinating story of leading warzone journalist Charlotte Bellis, who delivers her firsthand insights into what motivates the Taliban. Mental health educator, and former comedian, Mike King shares his moving story. Paralympic gold medallist Sophie Pascoe finds where a true sense of self and strength comes from. And, as we ready our summer playlist, Jordan Luck shares the process behind his oft belted-out songs and gigs all over Aotearoa.

For those planning a road trip like our cover stars, the Denizen team share their go-to holiday spots, and best ways to make the most of your local stay — from fine dining to luxury accommodation.

Packed full of design, fashion, beauty and culture finds, the summer issue is the only magazine to guide you through your reemergence back to a sense of normalcy.

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Cartier’s new Tank watches take on modern design with a sense of timelessness

Always at the avant-garde, the Cartier Tank watch design has stood the test of time for aesthetes and creatives looking for the ultimate elegant edge — since the late 1910s, no less. 

Legend has it, Louis Cartier himself drew a parallel between the architecture of his eponymous brand’s Tank watch and that of a combat vehicle, when viewed from above. While the Tank watch is much more luxurious than this likeness would let on, the sheer precision of its proportions, accuracy of shape and purity of its lines are markers of its uncompromising style.

After more than a century on the wrist of taste-makers, the Tank has been reinvented with two new styles, the Tank Must and Tank Louis Cartier. While they have the same unwavering line, Cartier’s commitment to constant progress is seen in the refined details, while staying faithful to the historic model.

The Tank Must combines the essential prestige of the Tank with the conventional luxury of the 70s-swayed Must. Not one to dial down the classicism, it incorporates a precious cabochon winding crown. Whether in leather or a steel strap with interchangeable curved links, its sophistication is measured on every level.

The option of a new photovoltaic dial, developed with the Cartier Manufacture at La Chaux-de-Fonds, is a technical feat. It relies on the delicate and invisible perforation of the Roman numerals for solar energy to reach the photovoltaic cells hidden underneath. It’s the first watch to benefit from the integrated SolarBeat movement, which has a lifespan of over 16 years — with no need to change batteries. 

No one can still the hands of time, and with an eye on the future, the bracelet to go with the photovoltaic dial is composed of 40 percent plant matter. This is made of waste from apples grown for the food industry in Switzerland, Germany and Italy, as Cartier looks to more sustainable solutions.

Meanwhile, the Tank Louis Cartier includes the same detailed rail tracks, cabochon sapphire, and Roman numerals as the original Louis Cartier remake of the Tank from the 1920s. Available in an intense red and a bright blue, with manual winding, it enhances the watch’s precious details and visual power.

Once again, the Tank is armed with a polished balance of rounded shapes and lines, volume and harmony. A timeless design, that’s always right on time.

Cartier timepieces are available in Auckland at The Hour Glass, one of the world’s leading specialist watch retailers with an established presence of 50 boutiques in twelve key cities in the Asia Pacific region. Whether you are new to watches or are a seasoned connoisseur, the team of passionate watch specialists remain poised to assist you on your journey with The Hour Glass.

Visit The Hour Glass website here, or visit the store at 154 Queen Street, Auckland.


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At the vanguard of a new range of vehicles, the Maserati Ghibli GT takes on sustainable design with a stylish twist

When the first Maserati Ghibli was revealed in 1966 by prodigy Giorgetto Giugiaro, it became an instant automotive design icon — its fastback format, pop-up headlights and shark-nosed profile as audacious as they were alluring. Named after the legendary south-easterly in the Libyan desert, the Ghibli promised to ride like the wind. 

Continuous development underscores Maserati’s success over its 107-year history and the Ghibli is no exception. Even years after the debut of the sports sedan with its coupé silhouette, automotive connoisseurs are impressed with comprehensive technical and stylistic enhancements.

What made 2021 so special for Maserati was the electrification of the brand, which is breaking into a new era of hybrid technology without altering the brand’s core philosophy and values.

In perfect harmony with its DNA, Maserati has chosen a hybrid solution focused primarily on improving performance, while also reducing fuel consumption and cutting emissions.

Capturing the zeitgeist once again, the 2022 Ghibli GT delivers a dynamic yet refined drive at high speeds, like a designer race car. The difference is in the innovative L4 engine that is faster than diesel and greener than gasoline for efficiently delivered exhilaration. The forward-thinking spirit of this iteration is firing on all 4-cylinders of the engine, with a 48V motor that ensures superior performance, and that same unmistakeable sound that has distinguished every Maserati.

This new hybrid technology exploits kinetic energy the car accumulates when in motion, recovering it and transforming it into electricity during deceleration and braking, and storing it in a battery. In combination with a perfectly positioned eBooster this provides the driver a calm transition for a faster and more comfortable experience. With a top speed of 255 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds that comfort comes with considerable power.

While it’s racing towards the future with a high-performance engine design, there is a timeless beauty to the Ghibli GT that honours the Maserati gone before. In the tradition of ‘grand touring’ — fitting a sophisticated engine into an even more stylish coupé — the trim is characteristic of elegant Italian style, sculpted curves and all.

The interiors are a testament to Italian craftsmanship with natural silk upholstery by Ermenegildo Zegna and soft, full-grain natural leather sourced exclusively by Pieno Fiore. A Maserati is like a work of art, known for its construction with the care and attention that only the human hand can provide. As such, the Ghibli GT can be customised to a driver’s every aesthetically-charged need.

The most immersive design detail is the instrument cluster. A reconfigured MIA (Maserati Intelligent Assistant) multimedia system ensures comfort and safety with its personalised support. Presented in a frameless 10”1 HD touch screen, it has a new graphic interface behind an elegant curved glass edge — a first of its kind in automotive design. As well as an intuitive app, there are other little luxuries to discover, like wireless phone charging and a wi-fi hotspot for preoccupied passengers. 

As was the case with the original Ghibli design 55 years ago, this clean spark of design creativity is a catalyst for change for the coupés that come next. The attention to detail, style and quality in all aspects of the Ghibli GT embodies the very essence of Maserati.


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Renowned Italian design company Molteni&C has found a New Zealand home at Dawson & Co.

It was back in 1934 that Angelo Molteni established a small furniture business in Guissano, Italy, unaware of the eventual impact it would have in the world of international design. By the second half of the 1950s, Molteni’s reputation as a brand that stood for innovation, collaboration and luxury was already becoming clear, with its pieces praised for their forward-looking, avant-garde nature and rapid industrialisation driving the brand’s development.

This set Molteni&C on a trajectory of success, a path that has underpinned its evolution and laid the foundations for the exceptional, multifaceted design entity it is today. 

The beauty of Molteni&C (aside from its collections) is the fact that its core tenet of creating progressive, high-quality designs that are entirely made in Italy has undergone little change since the brand’s inception. It still is one of the only furniture brands with a production chain that can claim to be 100 percent made in Italy, from the initial sourcing of materials to the final products.

Now, Molteni&C is recognised as the residential furniture arm of the wider Molteni group, which also includes Dada (kitchen furnishing), Unifor (office furnishing) and Citterio (divider walls and office furniture), and is internationally sought-after by a raft of renowned architects and designers.

And thanks to local design go-to, Dawson & Co., getting our hands on some of the pieces from those ranges has never been easier. From occasional chairs to modular sofas, refined coffee tables and even a line-up of elegant mirrors, the selection not only injects a touch of luxury into our interiors, but offers up the chance to own a piece that speaks to the rich history of Italian design.  

An early pioneer, an instigator of trends and a leader in every sense of the word, Molteni&C is a brand to invest in, to keep in your home forever and to hand down through generations. With a timeless ethos that lends itself to furniture that is versatile, durable and visually arresting, this heritage brand is one that we are overjoyed to finally be able to introduce into our home.

Dawson & Co

115 The Strand
Auckland 1010


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She wears The Le Bon V Neck Tee and the Sienna Skirt. He wears the Prince Shawl Lapel Tuxedo Jacket with The Cuban Polo and The Brera Trouser.

Dadelszen’s hedonistic new collection has us ready for fashion revelry

After a third of the year spent in lockdown in Auckland, we are ready to dress up and let our hair down well and truly. Well-timed, then, is Dadelszen’s Summer 21/22 collection — a feat of fashion frolicking as we patiently await the green (or should we say red) light.

The new collection includes Dadelszen’s signature, sensual cuts, with beautiful new season silhouettes — particularly in knitwear — that will make each day feel special as we create our own sense of freedom in anticipation.

She wears The Helena Jacket. He wears The Tuxedo Jacket and the Jitrois Leather Wynn Trouser in Noir.

The Helena double-breasted jacket, in pure cotton with mother of pearl buttons, and Elvira jacket, in red velvet with silk satin lapel, bring back an appreciation of touch. A standout fabrication, the forest green crepe combed cotton can be found in the effortless Riviera dress. Meanwhile, feather-pure cotton and cashmere and silk t-shirts, skirts and dresses are exceptional-feeling essentials.

Inspired in part by lockdown dressing, and the interchangeability of wardrobes, many of the garments — including the cotton knit polos — have a versatile, genderless appeal. They also pair perfectly with a range of pieces from iconic leather label Jitrois, which the Dadelszen showroom stocks exclusively.

Left to right: He wears The Jitrois Wynn Leather Trouser with the Edward Peak Lapel Jacket and the Brando Cashmere and Silk Tee, She wears The Elvira Tuxedo Jacket with the Manhattan Trouser; He wears The Edward Peak Lapel with The Cashmere Tee.

Working with iconic celebrity photographer Tony Duran for the fifth time, yet for the first time remotely, Dadelszen’s ‘Let Me Free’ campaign captures the longing desire for a return to reality, as models try on these new styles for size. 

“Throughout this tumultuous year, we have leaned more than ever on trusted partners to bring our vision to life — and in some ways, the results have been even more incredible than we could have ever imagined,” says founder and co-creative director Edward von Dadelszen. “’Let me Free’ tells the fantastical story of what comes next, the rebirth of us all, which is just around the corner.” 

Capturing the social interaction and spontaneity we so crave, Duran’s work for Dadelszen has remained as timeless and alluring as when they first started their creative partnership together. Transcending the commercial context, a select number of campaign images hang proudly on walls around the world, after private requests from loyal clients. 

In response to ongoing inquiries, Dadelszen is delighted to announce the release of an official series of limited-edition campaign prints — from the archives through to today — to coincide with the launch of the Summer 21/22 collection.

Whether you’re staying close to home or planning a galavanting getaway this summer, Dadelszen’s new offering ensures celebrations will ensue.


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The Kosher Deli is a hidden gem serving some of the best bagels and speciality goods in town

Serving New-York style bagels with all the trimmings, New Zealand’s only Kosher delicatessen certainly makes up for the rest of the country when it comes to sharing contemporary, Yiddish-friendly foods.

The Kosher Deli is led by chef Sam Lewis, who trained in Michelin star restaurants (including Michel Roux Jr’s Le Gavroche restaurant in Mayfair) before moving to Auckland and running the Deli in 2018. His own brand Sam’s Bagels are something special to sink your teeth into. “You won’t find a bagel like it in Auckland, it’s a proper New York-style, chewy, delicious bagel,” he says. 

Toppings include the Classic Smoked Salmon, with cream cheese, house pickles and red onion, and the Egg Salad, with celery, spring onion and cucumber. As well as a new Montreal-style bagel they go down exceptionally well with the Deli’s Atomic coffee.

While The Kosher Deli does a great morning deal for coffee and a bagel on the way to work, during lockdown it’s worth the trip into town for The Bagel Brunch Box, which includes six delicious bagels, and three spread options, as well as house pickles and lemon and olives.

As part of the Auckland Hebrew Congregation, The Kosher Deli is a welcoming community café and caterer that also imports specialty sauces and meats. Its ‘Yes We Are Kosher’ brand wraps up delicious dishes, including Tuna Florentine and Israeli Salad, which will be of interest to those who like to have an Ottolenghi-feel for their at-home spread.

With no shortage of takeaway and delivery options, the team has created a new Heat at Home menu, including the comforting Beef Goulash and Fish Pie. As well as freshly baked bagels, the Kosher kitchen makes heart-warming Classic Cinnamon Roll, Nutella Rugelach and Challah Loaf from scratch, and the likes of these will be available as a Bake at Home option soon. 

If you’re after some extra snacks, we recommend the Liebers Jelly Beans, Osem Bissli chips and Bamba peanut puffs from the almost overflowing shelves. There are also Kosher-certified drops on display, including a Laurent-Perrier Champagne and Marlborough’s ​​O’Dwyer’s Creek Pinot Noir.

On the walls, and available for purchase, are framed Dick Frizzel prints that were made especially by the artist for The Kosher Deli. They include ‘Pickel Smicmicle’, ‘Matzo Ball Soup’ and ‘Chopped Liver’ for a side of artistic humour.

When it is safe to do so, the Greys Avenue setting is a charming central-city location that includes café, streetside and courtyard seating. We’re sure you’ll be back for more.

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 9am — 2pm
Online shop orders available for Sunday delivery or pick-up

The Kosher Deli
110 Greys Avenue
Auckland CBD


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Amano’s sensational gelato and sorbet sticks are here to grace our summer days

Summer is so close, we can almost taste it. And, after trying the new gelato range from Amano, we know it will taste sweetly sublime. 

The rustic yet refined Italian eatery has released a range of gelato sticks and tubs, available every day from its lauded bakery. The coveted flavours include a beloved Lemon Curd Bombe Alaska, which covers the tart gelato in white chocolate, followed by a soft, toasted meringue. Meanwhile, the Macadamia Praline is perfectly naughty and nutty, with smooth gelato covered by a snappy chocolate-dipped coating. 

For vegans and chocolate-lovers alike, the Strawberry Sorbet with Dark Chocolate Dip is a frozen dessert revelation, as is the Chocolate Sorbet with Raspberry and Cocoa Nib Dip, which has an extra sprinkling of raspberry on the decadent coating.

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Kartell's Venice chairs.

These new pieces from Italian design icon Kartell are sure to elevate any room in your home

When it comes to selecting new furniture pieces for the home, we’d wager there are very few of us who gravitate towards the conventional, the quotidian. Having collectively spent more than our fair share of time observing and utilising each item within our interiors, safe to say many of us are ready for an update — and a high-quality, unique and beautifully-designed one at that.

Thankfully, new pieces from emblematic Italian furniture company Kartell are now available at Backhouse and certainly encompass these integral qualities. 

Founded in Milan in 1949, Kartell is known and loved for its iconic pieces such as the Louis Ghost chair. From the living room to the kitchen counter; the bedroom to the entryway, no corner need be left behind when it comes to a much-needed spruce up.

The Geen-a floor lamp.

A particular highlight within the selection is the Geen-a floor lamp, the brand’s first floor-standing reading lamp. Designed by Ferruccio Laviani, it features a thin silhouette with an upper end that opens with a round cap — a hemisphere positioned atop a stem, protecting three LED lights. Equipped with a handle, allowing the entire painted steel piece to be easily moved, Geen-a is available in three colours — white, black and brick — with a matte finish.

Kartell’s Patricia Urquiola rug; Lunam chair; Geen-a lamp; Undique tables.

We’re also drawn to the beautiful rugs designed by Patricia Urquiola, woven with colourful yet subtle designs — eye-catching without being garish. The Philippe Starck-designed Charles Ghost Stool is also available in a new colourway, an enchanting Amber shade.

Charla chairs.

Should your dining set-up need a switch-up, just in time for cosy autumn dinner parties, the Charla chairs offer just the right amount of cocooning comfort, while the Venice chairs cut a contemporary and versatile figure for both indoors and outdoors. To sweetly illuminate bookshelves or side tables, the Mini Planet lamp by Tokujin Yoshioka appears as both objet d’art and light source.

Mini Planet lamp by Tokujin Yoshioka.

While unique to whichever designer Kartell has collaborated with, and to their fabrication, these pieces all have a similarity in their slightly offbeat forms — gently interesting curves prevail, softening any linear lines in the home or juxtaposing with more rigid materials they might be created from. They are sure to add just the right amount of personality to any setting, something the Italians always seem to do well.

Backhouse’s new Kartell selection is available to order now, for arrival early-to-mid-next year.


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