Summer House NZ is a small New Zealand owned and operated business still only a year old!
I moved to beautiful New Zealand 3 years ago where I now love life in Auckland with my new husband, Embarking on this new venture Summer House only last year, I wanted to create a business which would enable me to work at home with my beloved dogs. As an art scholar with a passion for India I wanted to incorporate this colourful world and my wanderlust into my life, and so the idea of Summer House was born.
My best friend of 20 years and partner in crime, Adi now runs Summer House South Africa and joins me on treasure hunting adventures for wonderful clothing, accessories and decor items, and together we travel in search of the finest quality, ethically made and fairly traded artisan goods. We have met so many wonderful people on our travels and have become personal friends with most of our manufacturers
Below our Mandala manufacturers, Surinder and her Husband Ramesh.
Our motto is to find special things for happy people and places, which means our collections are small and artisan made with sustainable materials. We buy directly from the manufacturers which are all small family run operations. We also like to visit each factory personally to ensure that working conditions are friendly and fair. Most of our manufacturers are currently in the process of applying for Fair Trade certification.
I am currently enjoying my 8th trip to India, they greet me personally at passport control now! Adi and I like to share the love and every one of our experience and new finds is facebooked, instragrammed and blogged, to share with our friends and customers around the world. Adi is a professional photographer and graphic designer and I have Art School training, so you can be sure to look forward to vibrant, fun and uplifting visuals and unique products to match.
This is me - in one of our new dresses, we can't afford supermodels (money all spent on shoes and Kulfi's - have I mentioned we love Indian Ice-cream?)
Summer House is a constantly changing lifestyle brand, You will feel beautiful in our pure silk or cotton tunics and dresses, comfortable in our range of 100% cotton voile pyjamas and gowns, proud to carry any of our range of quality handbags or accessories and you'll brighten up your home and your life with our decor items. Several of the lines in our Summer 2016 collection are proudly designed in New Zealand.
We travel at least once a year to keep up with trends and latest ideas, and of course to have a glass of wine and a catch up with each other and plan our next season collections. At the moment our business is small and we are single person, marketing, logistics, accounts, creative design and IT departments, but we have great plans for the future and love what we are doing at the moment.
A few pics of Adi and I making the most of our brief trip - not so glamorous, roadside location scouts, stylists and photographers in one - on location in Jaipur!
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