Brand new: hot new shops
A round-up of Wellington's hottest new stores and galleries for you to check out.
Cranfields on College Street
21 College street, Te Aro, Wellington
This NZ icon has launched a brand new store on College Street. Owner Nicola Cranfields uses the new space to expand the range of the main store, which first opened its doors on Lambton Quay three decades ago.
You'll find natural perfume from Amsterdam, Mongolian slippers and even French antiques. Each item at Cranfields is carefully and personally sourced with a focus on 'forever' pieces, to be enjoyed now and treasured for generations to come.
The new space stays true to Cranfields' “shop slow” ethos, while new collections give it an update from the store it was when your parents first shopped there.
21 Jessie Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Nature Baby has set up their first shop outside of Auckland and it’s right here in Wellington.
This family run business has been seeking out the best natural and organic alternatives to mainstream synthetic clothing since 1998.
Their Wellington store’s interior is made with recycled fittings and peg walls from their various pop-up stores.
Give yourself enough time when you visit because they have a wide variety of cute clothing, homeware and something special for mum.
GoodFor Wholefoods Refillery
23 Jessie Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Delve into sustainable stopping heaven and stock your pantry from head to toe without costing the earth. Setting up shop here in Wellington, GoodFor’s sole purpose is to support the cleaning of our land by making sustainable shopping accessible. Every time you shop with them money is also donated to plant trees. If you are wanting to ditch the plastic and minimise wasteful packaging then gather your jars and containers and fill up at their store on Jessie Street.
85 Victoria Street, Te Aro, Wellington
If Wellington has an ‘it’ bag, it would most certainly be made by Yu Mei. Founded by Wellingtonian Jessie Wong, Yu Mei create leather bags and accessories that are functional with an understated luxury that are made in the heart of Wellington. Yu Mei’s flagship store on Victoria Street has a clean and minimalistic design and is a stunning place to experience Yu Mei’s often-updated collection of leather goods, which ranges from bags to wallets and accessories. Each Yu Mei design is made from 100% South Island, New Zealand farmed and tanned deer nappa which makes for an object that’s unbelievably soft and develops a lovely patina with age.
6 Lombard Street, Te Aro, Wellington
When you’re in the need of a statement piece, be it clothing, jewellery, footwear or art, pop into St. Fabiola boutique in Lombard Lane. In her edgy-meets-iconographic boutique (St. Fabiola is the patron saint of divorced people), owner Kirsten Sutherland edits a collection of New Zealand fashion labels, as well as art by leading New Zealand contemporary artist Fiona Pardington. Kirsten is also a talented artist herself creating detailed embroidered works – she also worked on the Hobbit trilogy as the main digital embroiderer.
Shop 260 Lambton Quay, Te Aro, Wellington
It’s pretty hard to resist walking through the doors of beauty and skincare store Mecca. Bright and beautifully-scented, the store has a sense of glamour and accessible luxury that is very alluring.
Wellington's Lambton Quay store offers the entire Mecca brand line-up in one location, with over 100 high-end beauty brands, both familiar and new. Mecca makes for a great shopping experience, with fantastic staff who are friendly and knowledgeable.
174 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington
If you have a thing for collecting watches or if you’re looking for a new or vintage timepiece to adorn your wrist, FiveFortyFive is your place. Wellington’s only specialist pre-owned watch shop stocks an extensive range of watches ranging in age from new to antique and from Swiss to Japanese. Owner Malcolm Brow opened the store to help spread the in-decline joy of owning and wearing a beautiful watch. “In an increasingly digital world, there’s something incredibly grounding about owning and wearing a fine timepiece,” he says.
27 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington
You could say that Wellington label twenty-seven names has acquired something of a cult-like following. Their clothing is classically practical and simple to wear yet has an element of whimsy with covetable prints and bold colours. Designers (and best friends) Anjali Stewart and Rachel Stewart put a strong focus on sustainability and keeping it local – their line is designed and made in Wellington using natural fabrics. Visit their beautiful store on Ghuznee Street to check out the entire seasonal range.