Friday, December 14, 2012

Ninotchka McKay from Sailor Spy

Meet Nin from from the indie fashion label Sailor Spy, who we interviewed for the article "Sew slow" in the current issue. Having to regroup after the Christchurch earthquakes, Ninotchka McKay has recently renovated a little cottage to be her studio and show room. She's named it Orange Tree Cottage and is excited to open up her workspace for customers to get a sense of 'the story' behind the clothes – you can go in and browse through her beautiful creations and chat with her while she works. It's very much in the European tradition of the atelier.

Nin's Sailor Spy label is all about individuality – as well as clothes that flatter figures and give more than a season of faithful service. "I'm conscious that different women have different silhouettes and my collections try to offer something for everyone. It's about helping people develop their own style." Nin has a real focus on sustainable design and production, and is passionate about the Slow Sewing movement, which she explained to us for the article.

Nin's vision for the future of Orange Tree Cottage is to open its doors to musicians, performing artists and fine artists to host masterclasses, workshops or exhibitions. Celebrating community and art, there's plenty of room to thrive here. There's even a very special secret garden.

Orange Tree Cottage
201b Bealey Ave, Christchurch

Open to the public Fridays and Saturdays 10-4
or by appointment

Ph 942 8731

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