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For something unique, try Keats Boutique

By Erica 11 Dec 2015

Hands up if, as a little kid, you spent countless hours rifling through your parents’ closets, comedically tottering about in mis-matched high heel shoes, while wearing a bow tie and a flowery straw hat. The fun of it all was usually captured in a grainy, toothy-grinned snapshot, with a garishly patterned wallpaper background. Well for most of us, the fun ended there, but for Llisa and Josie Keating, the fun was only just beginning…

Llisa and Josie opened Keats Boutique on Willis Street a few years ago, re-locating there from their shop in Petone. They are two sisters who were inspired by their Grandmother’s closet all those years ago. Llisa tells me, with a sparkle in her eye, of how her Grandmother had the most beautiful clothes; full of pattern, texture and colour, all complemented with fabulous brocades and accessories. It is clear to see that her passion for fashion started early and the end result is, quite simply, stunning. 

Keats Boutique stock womenswear in sizes 8-16 and a range of menswear, along with accessories and beautiful-smelling things. They are all about fabric and fit and want their customers to benefit from thoughtfully-chosen brands and to treasure their one-off items forever. Everything has been organised to inspire, placing pieces that work well next to each other in a label mash-up that works beautifully. Many of the lines on offer are not found anywhere else in Wellington and some have travelled far and wide, solely to bring you pleasure and panache. From French silk scarves, to Italian leather belts and the coolest Californian-made shirts, it’s like the world has come to this little corner of Willis Street for a fiesta of fashion and finery.

However, Keats Boutique certainly don’t forget where they’ve come from, with a nod to many of the best Kiwi designers and brands. They stock Harry & Co bags from Auckland, Gisborne-based Tolaga Bay cashmere, divine DEVal leather jackets from Christchurch and George and Edi candles from Wanaka. We then return to more familiar, windier climes, with the ‘Orania’ range of toiletries which hails from across the harbour in Eastbourne, and the made-to-order jewellery from local designer Christine Nightingale. 

But back to Llisa. She knows her stuff, that’s for sure and has done the ground work in fashion, ensuring you’re in excellent hands. Having spent all her working life in a variety of fashion and retail-related jobs including tailoring and millinery, she is well qualified to advise and inspire. She oozes sentimentally and enthusiasm and loves the idea of her customers handing down their timeless garments to their children and grandchildren.  

Perhaps my favourite thing about Keats Boutique is that for each item that they stock, they only purchase one of each size. In this way, you are most unlikely to ever need to execute that awkward, acknowledging look when you see someone walking towards you on Lambton Quay, sporting the exact same dress as you.

Keats Boutique is definitely contributing towards keeping Wellington as the coolest little capital in the world. Let them inspire you to be the most on-trend, well-apparelled version of yourself you can possibly be.

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Keats Boutique

A womenswear boutique in the city, specialising in fashion that is on trend yet timeless in its appeal.

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