New store for Deadly Ponies

Auckland’s Osborne Street is fast becoming the coolest enclave for independent New Zealand designer brands.

Accessory brand Deadly Ponies, best known for its fashion forward bags made of luxurious leather, is the latest to open its doors there.

Its neighbours include Kathryn Wilson, Juliette Hogan, Foss & Kruger and I Love Ugly.

Deadly Ponies creative director Liam Bowden says they weren’t looking to open another store but when the opportunity popped up they decided to take it. The brand opened its first retail store on Ponsonby Rd, Auckland last year.

Once again Bowden collaborated with interiors designer Katie Lockhart (who also designs store interiors for Karen Walker) to craft a unique space where the bags are displayed on custom-honed marble.

“The brief was simple,” Bowden says. “I wanted people to feel like they were stepping into a life-size jewellery box, one where they can explore all our treasures in a unique, creative environment.”

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Rodd & Gunn weekend at Huka Lodge

Fashion, fishing and the fine things in life will be brought together for the Rodd & Gunn Weekend at Huka Lodge, Taupo on May 29 and 30.

Inspired by the things that Rodd & Gunn love to create and share, it offers a weekend of adventure as well as a luxury escape.

Rodd & Gunn’s head designer John Prikryl will be present to provide insight into his artistic visions for the coming season and offer one-on-one personal styling experiences.

Bespoke leather worker Zoli Szalardi, who handcraft’s Rodd & Gunn luggage using the finest leather tanned in Italy, will also be at the Lodge to share his journey stitch-by-stitch.

Other activities include test driving the latest Range Rover Sport; Fly Casting; wine tasting with Amisfield’s winemaker Dr Stephanie Lambert; sherry and port tasting in the wine cellar; and the ultimate Sealegs Experience – an amphibious adventure on Lake Taupo in the revolutionary power boat that has retractable and steerable wheels.

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