New Zealand’s first Chanel boutique brings a slice of French chic to Auckland’s most celebrated fashion precinct

From the little black dress to the original women’s pant, Coco Chanel singlehandedly redefined fashion in the 20th century. Her legacy lives on through her eponymous label and Chanel is still synonymous with timeless style.

The launch of Chanel’s first New Zealand boutique at Britomart represents a new era for our city’s fashion scene. Located in the Australis House, the fragrance and beauty boutique will also introduce the Chanel line of eyewear to an Auckland audience.

The building’s early 20th century provenance pairs perfectly with a label that was launched in 1907. The lofty boutique space features original brickwork and Kauri timber floors – a distinctively ‘new world’ take on the presentation of luxury goods.

Also on display is art that plays on the colours and themes of Chanel’s product lines, providing additional in-store delights for visitors to the space.

“The opening of the first boutique in New Zealand is a momentous occasion for Chanel,” explains says David Blakeley, the managing director of Chanel in New Zealand and Australia.

He continues: “We are very proud to have carefully designed this new style of boutique alongside the original character of the Britomart building.

”Products to look out for include the new Le Rouge makeup collection (the first outing by Creative Makeup and Colour Designer Lucia Pica), the Les Exclusif fragrance collection, and La Solution 10 de Chanel, a moisturizer specially formulated for sensitive skin.

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From old-world New York apothecary to one of today’s most beloved beauty brands, Kiehl’s has its beautiful – and beautifying –flagship boutique at Britomart.

The Kiehl’s philosophy is one of simple luxury, combining high quality, botanical ingredients with cutting edge dermatological science to create highly ‘efficacious skin and hair care products.’

Founded in New York City’s Lower East Side in 1851, Kiehl’s has catered to both sexes since the introduction of a dedicated men’s skincare range in 1961. The cult brand has since amassed a legion of male fans, with notable devotees including Andy Warhol.

Signature products like Kiehl’s Crème de Corps and Calendula Herbal Extract Toner are still made according to decades old recipes passed down through generations. And in a nod to Kiehl’s artisanal roots, the calendula petals in its iconic toner are added by hand according to the original formulation.

Kiehl’s selects ingredients for their beauty benefits, rather than their aesthetics. Natural ingredients are integral to the brand’s elegant products, with lavender, vitamin C and blue algae enriching Kiehl’s uniquely effective skincare formulations.

Natural skincare, body care and hair care

The Kiehl’s Britomart boutique is the brand’s first New Zealand flagship store. The 57sqm space boasts a full range of skin, hair and body care products, and a consultation space where you can relax and discuss your skincare needs.

The flagship store’s interior pays homage to the brand’s unique New York City heritage: combining exposed brick walls with antiques and vintage Kiehl’s imagery. Mr. Bones – a life-size skeleton who lives at every Kiehl’s store – also resides at the Britomart boutique.

As well as engaging in various environmental initiatives, Kiehl’s is committed to using ‘simple, efficient, and recyclable packaging’. Instead of elaborate packaging, Kiehl’s focusses on creating high quality beauty products that actually work.

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With a founding philosophy of fun, ease and accessibility, this down-to-earth kiwi dental practice promises to take at least some of the fear out of going to the dentist.

Based on the belief that “going to the dentist really shouldn’t be that hard”, The Tooth Company approach is all about creating happy, relaxed customers who don’t fear going to the dentist. “People wanted a more welcoming clinic, less smoke and mirrors, more flexible hours, dentists who they could relate to, and dentists who listened” says Andrew. And it’s a formula that’s worked.

The dentistry brand’s modern clinic, which is located within historic Charter House is the second for the company and sees “hi-tech new age dentistry” meet the warm, rich history of the Britomart precinct.

Herbst Maxcey Architects have created a modern, welcoming space which eschews the sterility of “the stereotypical dental look” in favour of one of warmth and welcoming. The design celebrates new and old, embracing the space’s original décor and juxtaposing brick and recycled Rimu walls with “ultra modern floating glass treatment rooms” to create a feeling of tranquility and relaxation.

 

Cosmetic dentistry and ceramic restoration

The Tooth Company at Britomart offers a full range of general, specialist and emergency dental treatments. Alongside examinations, hygiene treatments and fillings, special interest areas include cosmetic dentistry and computer designed ceramic reconstructions using CAD-CAM technology and all treatments can be undertaken with IV sedation.

Emergency dental treatment for issues including broken teeth, tooth pain and wisdom tooth removal are all offered at the Britomart practice, and the clinic works in tandem with its Smales Farm sister clinic – just 10 minutes drive away – to meet patients’ every dental need seven days a week.

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Services

Examinations
Hygiene treatments
In-chair tooth whitening
Take-home tooth whitening
Fillings
Root canal treatment
Extractions
Crowns
Bridges
Veneers
Dentures
Mouth guards
Bite splints
IV Sedation
Wisdom teeth removal
Emergency dental care
ACC registered
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The Face Place’s Britomart med spa sits on Customs Street East, just a stone’s throw from fellow Britomart beauty businesses Ryder Salon, The Tooth Company and OFF Wax & Brow Bar.

Initially launched by Dr Catherine Stone in 2001 as New Zealand’s first specialised Botox clinic, The Face Place was re-launched in 2004 as the country’s first medical spa, and clients now travel from all over the world for the natural looking results that the clinic is renowned for.

The clinic is home to an expert team of industry-leading doctors, nurses and medical skin therapists, all qualified to provide high reward, low risk, medically proven cosmetic treatments to help people look and feel great.

A pioneering New Zealand medial spa

Founder Dr Catherine Stone left a career training towards plastic and reconstructive surgery to train with the pioneers of cosmetic Botox, becoming the first doctor in Australasia to administer Botox full time.

A magazine columnist and winner of a bevy of business awards, Catherine has also achieved recognition as an expert on television programmes ‘Ten Years Younger in Ten Days’ and ‘The Skin Doctors’.

“We have a fantastic team that is passionate about what we do, and we care deeply about our clients,” says Catherine of The Face Place’s dedicated approach. “Everything we do has to be proven to be safe, simple and effective, naturally based, non-animal and medically proven.”

The Face Place’s treatments span everything from injectables for relaxing wrinkles through to medical treatments for Bell’s palsy and headaches, while dermal therapists provide treatments and advice to help clients achieve enviably beautiful skin.

“We believe that beauty is individual and unique,” says Catherine, “so we tailor our treatments to each person, softening out the negative signs of ageing while enhancing the things that make you look great!”

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Ryder Salon offers haircuts, colour and styling for men and women in a way that is contemporary but personalised to suit the individual. It’s a bespoke experience that uses the best techniques and products in the industry.

“At Ryder we take a relaxed, natural, and intuitive approach to hair. While we enjoy working with the latest fashion mood, we believe hair should be individual, uncontrived and easy to style. It’s about getting your hair texture to work for you, whatever the shape or form,” says founder Greg Murrell.

Established in 1999, Ryder Salon has become renowned for its work in fashion shows and editorial photography. Over the years, Ryder has cemented long-standing relationships with leading fashion brands that include Stolen Girlfriends Club, Zambesi, Crane Brothers and Ingrid Starnes.

A unique haircut experience

The salon is located in the heritage building Charter House and is enhanced by the work of one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary artists, Michael Parekowhai.

Greg Murrell was the creative force behind the development of the dramatic space and says, “Height and scale were maximised to create a monumental yet simple feel – a redefinition of what a modern hair salon should look and feel like.”

Ryder Salon stocks a range of top haircare products, including Davines, KMS California, Kevin Murphy and Sans Ceuticals. Former Ryder stylist Tiffany Jeans’ Curio Noir candles are also available from the salon.

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In their funky Britomart location, OFF Wax & Laser and ON Brow House take the ‘serious’ out of seriously smooth skin, one happy customer at a time.

A stellar local example of the ‘beauty bar’ phenomenon that has swept the globe, OFF Wax & Laser and ON Brow House – winner of Metro’s ‘Best Wax’ award every year since 2009 – is open at Britomart.

OFF prides itself on being the antithesis of a spa or beauty salon, with a ban on ‘whale music, serenity water fountains and lotus flowers’ and a dedication to completing the task at hand with zero fuss and maximum professionalism. The atmosphere is anything but clinical, with chic black-clad staff, great music and a relaxed, welcoming vibe.

From Brazilian wax to male waxing

The Britomart location has dedicated waxing rooms designed to maximise the end result and the experience and a barber-style brow bar, armed with a true arsenal of brow-shaping techniques and products. When you book in for a ‘Brow Wow’ shape you won’t be just getting a quick tidy, you’ll be emerging with a whole new frame for your face.

The salon offers four waxing rooms and three brow stations, but their focus on specialisation goes one step further. The waxing team consists of true specialists in their three departments – brows, female waxing and male waxing – these are the people who trademarked the ‘Brozilian’ .

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Adding to its impressive menu, OFF also offers high-tech laser hair removal at its Britomart salon. OFF founder and owner Nicky Shore says the Candela machine the salon uses is the first of its kind in New Zealand and provides the most effective, fast and safe service for all skin types. “The results are second to none. This is the Rolls Royce of laser hair removal,” she says, “we were never going to just dabble in this – we’ve committed to the very best. The difference in power, results and client comfort between this and other machines is phenomenal.”

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A lavish 2200sqm cutting-edge fitness facility with a high-impact designer interior and a million-dollar light and sound system, this stunning club delivers a no-holds-barred ‘exer-tainment’ experience.

Along with massive AV screens throughout, there are 90 top-of-the-line cardio machines, a 50-bike cycling studio, a sauna and a large-scale group fitness studio.

You can sign up for all the dynamic Les Mills group fitness classes, including BodyCombat, BodyJam, RPM and BodyPump, that have taken 75 countries around the world by storm.

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The Les Mills team place a great deal of emphasis on supporting and encouraging members towards their goals and pride themselves on having the best people in the business.

As well as personal training, qualified instructors offer comprehensive weight loss and nutrition programmes and motivational team training programmes, including the popular BootCamp and Look Better Naked.

Generous member facilities at the Britomart gym include luxurious changing rooms with hairdryers and straighteners, an espresso bar, Apple Mac workstations with free broadband and wi-fi access and 100 free car parks available outside work hours.

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