David Jones to Open in Auckland Late November

It’s the announcement we’ve all been waiting for – David Jones has announced the opening date for its first Auckland stores, and yes, it will be in time for Christmas.

On Thursday 21 November the doors to the very first Auckland David Jones store will open at Westfield Newmarket. The store won’t only be Auckland’s first store – it will also be New Zealand’s largest David Jones. 

David Jones Retail Director, Aaron Faraguna said: “The opening of David Jones in Westfield Newmarket marks the arrival of a world-class department store experience for our Auckland customers. David Jones Westfield Newmarket will bring the best of local and international brands to New Zealand’s biggest city and we look forward to unveiling our new store very soon.”

The 7000 square metre store will offer fashion, beauty, childrenswear and homeware across a sprawling two floors and the shopping experience will be enhanced by a range of in-store services and products ranges that have been designed specifically for the Auckland customer.

Beauty enthusiasts will be able to indulge in various signature by-appointment beauty services and treatments. Customers will also be able to experience the popular personal shopping service which will be available at no additional charge.

“The customer is at the heart of everything we do at David Jones. With the countdown underway, we are very excited to be bringing an outstanding store to life for our Auckland customers in just a few short weeks,” said Faraguna.

Discover the beauty brand we can’t wait to get our hands on once the doors open at Westfield Newmarket. 

Image courtesy of David Jones. Model wears Aje and carries Yuzefi handbag. 

These Bottega Veneta Sandals are the Hottest Item in Fashion Right Now

If you have somehow managed to get your hands on the sought-after Bottega Veneta padded sandals – they’re renowned for selling out almost the instant they’re restocked – you’re now in possession of the hottest fashion item in the world right now.  

Global fashion search platform Lyst analyses the shopping habits of more than 9 million shoppers each month and it has just released its quarterly report revealing the hottest brands and products on the market right now. 

Off-White, which came in second place in Q2, has moved up a spot to take out the top-ranking place where brands are concerned. Balenciaga took out second place, while Gucci came in third. It’s the first time in two years the Italian fashion house hasn’t come in at either first or second.

Versace, Prada, Valentino, Fendi, Burberry, Saint Laurent and Vetements round out the top ten.  

Bottega Veneta

Left: The Jacquemus Le Chiquito mini bag. Right: The Bottega Veneta padded sandals and pouch bag which took out fifth place in Q2.

The Sought-After Fashion Items

When it comes to fashion items, the aforementioned Bottega Veneta padded sandals took out the top spot. The hand-stitched, quilted, square-toed sandals retail for $680 Euros and garnered over 27,000 online searches each month. 

While a pair of Bottega’s might put a rather large dent in your bank balance, the Adidas Continental 80 sneakers – the only other shoes to make the hottest women’s product list for Q3 – come with a more affordable price tag. The sneakers came in at third place and retail for around $170. 

According to Lyst searches for Bottega Veneta shoes spiked 156 per cent as the Spring/Summer 2020 fashion shows took place in September. Bottega Veneta climbed an impressive 21 places and the Q3 report is the first time that the Italian fashion house has made it into the top 20.

And while it’s undoubtedly teeny-tiny and arguably rather impractical Jacquemus’ ‘Le Chiquito’ mini bag – pictured above – took out second place racking up over 12,500 monthly skirts. Although the brand isn’t in the top 20 yet, Jacquemus jumped up 37 positions.

The Fendi ‘FF Motif’ bikini and the Prada Nylon pouch also made the list.