Living Business
Jan10

Living Business

By Melinda Collins | Photography by Bryan Isbister from Creative Images Photography It was 1998 and Martz Witty was delivering his first ever major public speech to a group called American Singles Incorporated, entitled ‘How to achieve your personal and romantic goals in 1999’. Considering his impending divorce, it was an irony not lost on him – especially as his soon to be ex-wife was sitting in the audience. “I couldn’t hold my own...

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Killer Instincts
Jan10

Killer Instincts

By Kate Pierson You might not consider yourself the easily seduced type when it comes to fashion’s universal truths. But I’m sure if you look the following facts square in the eye, a small hint of reverence might find its way into your heart. So here we go. Today, the global fashion industry is valued at $1.5 trillion. In 2000, it was worth approximately $1.5 billion in New Zealand and by 2010, $2.2 billion – and it’s a number on the...

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The King Of Bling
Jan10

The King Of Bling

By Melinda Collins Throughout history jewellery has been used as an elaborate embellishment; that little splash of colour and interest that can make or break a sartorial selection. Similarly, embellishment has been known to make or break a good story. Let’s face it – we all love a good yarn. When it comes to Sir Michael Hill there is little need for literary embellishment; the facts really do speak for themselves. When his first...

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Trelise Cooper
Jan10

Trelise Cooper

By Kate Pierson It’s not often you get to spend an hour talking to one of Aotearoa’s most commanding fashion designers about what makes her tick. Needless to say, you make the most of that hour. Because when it comes to Trelise Cooper – style magnate, wife, mother, and the darling of New Zealand’s sartorial scene – there’s much to discuss when it comes to how she does it all. But, you know, what triggers the intrigue is...

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Lofty Ambitions
Jan10

Lofty Ambitions

By Kate Pierson Let’s face it, when it comes to Accessman, you know it, you see it, you get it. Although if you don’t nod in agreement to each of these things then don’t worry, we’ll touch briefly on that soon to catch you up. But ultimately, that’s not really what this story is about. It is, of course, about Accessman, but not so much about what it is doing, more so about what it isn’t doing. Sound ironic? Yes, but stay with us. What...

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Home Truths
Jan10

Home Truths

Before globalisation and the emergence of international trade relationships, members of the commercial market throughout the world were isolated from each other, and consumers were limited to buying within their own respective markets, or waiting extended periods of time for their offshore investments to arrive. Today imports and exports are ubiquitous and with their presence the accessibility of goods and services spoil consumers for...

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