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5 Minutes with Natalie Procter from Mina

STYLE sat down with Natalie Procter, founder and designer of Mina, to find out what makes her tick.

When did your love of fashion begin?
I don’t really have a moment I can pinpoint. My mum has been sewing since I was a baby. Growing up we had a ‘craft room’ downstairs (which funnily enough is now our Mina sewing studio) and down there we did all sorts; scrapbooking, ceramics, paper mache, knitting and making clothes.

Mum sewed a lot of my clothes and also taught me the very basics. I’m actually not that great of a sewer, I’m a little impatient. What I loved was going to Spotlight in the weekend with mum and flicking through all the pattern books and picking out a dress design and then spending hours walking through Spotlight looking for fabric to make it in.

What’s the last item of clothing or accessory that you bought?
The last item of clothing I brought was in December last year. I did a weekend sample sale with a few New Zealand designers, and I managed to snatch myself a cream 100% merino cable knit by Wynn Hamlyn. I practice what I preach, buy less but buy well.

Natalie backstage at New Zealand Fashion Week

What’s on your winter wardrobe wish list?
Our Coffee Stone coat is high on my wish list this season. Full length, 100% wool with a cashmere finish and large front pockets.

Georgia Jay’s Lady Ida bag in Black Pebble. My only handbag bag I own is a Georgia Jay biscuit coloured crossbody handbag and it lives on me.

The ATP Atelier Vernazza ankle boots. I am quite a casual dresser so find it a real struggle to find a casual boot without a heel. ATP is a Swedish brand with all their shoes being made in Tuscany. Really beautiful clean timeless design.

What are you reading at the moment?
I never really have the time to read, I prefer to listen to podcasts as I’m in the car often visiting suppliers. A friend has just introduced me to the ‘Innovator’ series hosted by Liz Bacelar & Rachel Arthur. The episodes are conversations with fashion leaders talking about challenges and opportunities within innovation.

The Mina autumn/winter collection

What’s the most cherished piece of clothing that you own?
I have a camel 100% cashmere full-length coat that my mum brought in NY when she was in her 30’s. It’s over 30 years old and it looks almost brand new. Every time I wear it, it’s a reminder that classic design paired with high-quality fabrics really do stand the test of time.

Favourite pick-me-up? A walk on the beach.

What song do you have on repeat at the moment? All the debts I owe – Caamp

Where’s the first place you dined post lockdown?  Gemayze Street – K Road

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt in the last few weeks? I’ve learnt how important it is to share and open up to my community. The last few weeks have been about supporting one another. I have learnt that there is strength in community.

The Mina autumn/winter collection

What’s the one thing that you will hope will change in the fashion industry in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis?
I think there is an opportunity to recalibrate the fashion calendar. Each season the demand for newness increases and puts pressure on designers to drop their collections earlier and earlier in order to get to the front of the pack. The flow-on effect of this is that by the time the garment is relevant (i.e. by the time it’s actually cold enough for coats) the product is going on sale, in preparation for the next seasons’ drop. It’s disorientating and inefficient. Dropping later gives our retailers more time to sell, make more money and drop seasons at a more appropriate time of year.

Six Summery Fragrances to Spritz This Season

These summery fragrances will make you forget all about winter before it’s even arrived. 

Has the arrival of chilly autumn temperatures got you longing for the return of warmer weather already? If that’s the case then fret not, there are a plethora of enchanting and uplifting fragrances that are sure to bewitch the senses and make you feel like spring isn’t too far away. They’re so good, in fact, that in just one spritz you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to warmer, sun-drenched climes.

Keep scrolling to discover the six must-have summery scents you need in your life.

Summer FragrancesGUCCI MEMOIRE D’UNE ODEUR 

Gender-bending scents are the in thing these days and of course, Gucci has nailed the trend with new Mémoire D’Une Odeur (60ml EDP, $149). The delicate and uplifting scent has been created to be worn by anyone and features Roman Chamomile and Indian coral jasmine alongside musk, cedarwood and sandalwood.

TRY IT: If you’re after a summery scent that is perfect to spritz no matter what the time or occasion is,  Gucci Mémoire D’Une Odeur is the perfect fragrance for you this season. It’s never overpowering but is always memorable.

Summer Fragrances


JOY BY DIOR EAU DE PARFUM INTENSE

The heady new rendition of JOY by Dior (50ml EDP, $209) is sure to bewitch the senses with radiant notes of neroli, centifolia rose and jasmine. A hint of sandalwood and vanilla add another dimension to the enchanting scent.

TRY IT: Whether you’re already a fan of the original scent or love vibrant contemporary floral fragrances, you won’t be disappointed by this radiant newcomer.

Summer Fragrances
AMOUAGE LOVE MIMOSA

Lauded fragrance house, Amouage, has released another head-turner with Love Mimosa (100ml EDP, $515 from WORLD). And given the name, it’s no surprise that Mimosa is at the heart of Amouage’s latest release. Hints of violet leaves, juicy pear, orris, heliotrope and ylang-ylang round out the scent.

Try It: If you consider yourself a bit of a fragrance connoisseur and you’re looking for something for a fragrance that’s made from the most exquisite ingredients, Amouage Love Mimosa is for you.

Summer Fragrances


TOM FORD METALLIQUE

While Tom Ford enthusiasts will no doubt be drawn to dazzling bottle, it’s the seductive notes in Metallique (50ml EDP, $250) that will have you head-over-heels in love with this scent in just one spritz. Think a mesmerising bouquet of contemporary florals heightened with a pinch of spicy pink peppercorn, creamy vanilla and sandalwood. 

TRY IT: If you usually reach for Tom Ford’s Soleil Blanc or Santal Blush, Metallique is the perfect addition to your already stellar repertoire of scents that have the power to transport you to a sun-drenched beach. Those who love powdery fragrances that just seem to get better when the temperature rises will love this one too.

Summer FragrancesVAN CLEEF & ARPELS SANTAL BLANC

Some fragrances get even better when the temperature rises and Van Cleef & Arpels Santal Blanc (75ml EDP, $230) is one of those scents. An intoxicating heart of sandalwood is accompanied by zesty mandarin and tonka bean come to life on warm, sun-kissed skin.

TRY IT: If you’re after a fragrance will remind you of warm, sunny days once they depart, Van Cleef & Arpels Santal Blanc is the perfect scent for the job.

Summer Fragrances


BOTTEGA VENETA ILLUSIONE

Illusione  (50ml EDP, $160) features intoxicating woody floral notes; bergamot and blackcurrant sit atop a heart of orange blossom and green fig, and base notes of olive wood and tonka bean. 

Try It: If a trip to the sun-soaked Italian coast appeals. Illusione transports the senses in just one spritz of fragrance.