H&M to Open Largest NZ Store this August

Swedish fashion giant H&M is set to open the doors to its largest New Zealand store on the 30th of August at Auckland’s newest shopping precinct, Commerical Bay. Located on the corner of Customs Street and Queen Street in the Auckland CBD, the Commerical Bay location will be H&M’s second Auckland store.

Fashion fanatics won’t be disappointed either – the store will be set over four floors and will showcase the latest apparel and accessories for men, women, kids and baby. The opening of the new store will also see the H&M Home concept in Auckland for the first time. “We are also looking forward to introducing the H&M Home concept to our Auckland customers as we feel this really rounds out our wide assortment offering for this flagship store,” said Hans Andersson, Country Manager for H&M Australia and New Zealand. 

H&M Home will debut in Auckland this August.




Fashion Designer Kate Spade Found Dead in New York

Kate Brosnahan Spade, the iconic American fashion designer, was found dead in her New York apartment on Tuesday (local time). 

Police responded at 10:10 a.m and it is reported that a note was found at the scene.

Spade is famous for her colourful handbags, which combined bold colour palettes with utilitarian shapes in a revolutionary way. A very highly regarded and loved designer, she has been honoured by members of the fashion world, as well as notable public figures and celebrities, including Chelsea Clinton and Reese Witherspoon, on Twitter.

“Kate Spade had an enviable gift for understanding exactly what women the world over wanted to carry,” Anna Wintour, the editor in chief of Vogue and artistic director of Condé Nast, said in a statement.

Spade, 55, started Kate Spade New York in 1993 with her husband Andy Spade and opened her first shop in the city three years later. Kate Spade New York issued a statement confirming the “incredibly sad news” of their eponymous founder’s death. “Although Kate has not been affiliated with the brand for more than a decade, she and her husband and creative partner, Andy, were the founders of our beloved brand,” the statement said. “Kate will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with Andy and the entire Spade family at this time.”