When we sat down as a team to plan our Spring issue, it was the collective desire to harness a spirit of resilience that inspired our overarching theme. With everything that has been going on in the world and even closer to home, as well as the various challenges we had to overcome just to bring this issue to you, ‘The Bold & The Brave’ felt an appropriate cover line for our time.
In the pages of this issue, we celebrate ideas of boldness and bravery via interviews with people like cover star Julie Pelipas (the former fashion director at Vogue Ukraine and founder of upcycled fashion platform Bettter), who speaks to us about launching Vogue in her home country, reimagining the global fashion system, fleeing Ukraine after Russia invaded in February and why winning the war is the only way forward for the world. We also speak to Anna Mowbray (the co-founder of Zuru Toys Co.) who offers an exclusive interview in which she offers rare insight into her fascinating career trajectory, a journey that has seen her go from a small Waikato farm to becoming one of the most successful, self-made entrepreneurs globally (the toy company she co-founded with her brothers now garners billions of dollars in annual revenue).
Elsewhere, our Editor-in-chief offers a guide on some of the most tantalising tipples around Auckland in a cocktail-centric edition of her ongoing ‘My Year of Magical Eating’ series, and we sit down with local Instagram sensation Polly Markus of Miss Polly’s Kitchen, to talk about growing her social media side hustle into a fully-fledged cookbook — out now. We also pick the brain of Australian hospitality legend Frank Camorra, as he opens the doors to his new MoVida outpost in Auckland (a very exciting addition to our local dining scene).
Of course, we have also delved into all of the important trends to know about in the realms of design and fashion (including a deep dive into the most significant moments from Fall Haute Couture Week) alongside a number of thorough round-ups of the new and noteworthy pieces to add to your homes and wardrobes.
Those seeking escapism will find a version of it in our spring culture pages, where we detail the books to be reading, the shows and films to be watching and the podcasts and albums to be listening to over the next few months. Or for a more literal interpretation, our navigator section presents a line-up of the most exquisite new hotels that have recently opened in Paris, London, New York and Los Angeles (as if you needed any more reason to plan an overseas trip).
Ultimately, this issue is a celebration of those who work tirelessly to contribute something of substance to this world. Be it on a small, local scale or a more global, far-reaching one. We hope that its pages deliver some kind of inspiration as you move out of winter and into the season of growth, new beginnings and fresh perspectives.