Characterised by an edgy dark beauty, the timeless designs of this iconic Kiwi fashion house celebrate local identity and the individual sense of self.
Leading New Zealand fashion label Zambesi is recognised for its unique style signature: a brooding emotional resonance with a streak of playful inventiveness.
Disregarding obvious trends, Zambesi’s focus is garments that can be worn and treasured over time. Womenswear designer Elisabeth Findlay is inspired by fabrics, taking carefully chosen cloth in unexpected directions. Vintage cuts and fabrics are given innovative interpretations, interplaying hues, textures and weights.
For Zambesi Man, clever detailing is combined with precisely tailored nods to traditional and utilitarian menswear styles, resulting in beautifully cut, highly wearable collections.
NEW ZEALAND FASHION IDENTITY
Zambesi was founded by Elisabeth and Neville Findlay in 1979 and was one of the first labels in New Zealand to express a strong local identity. Its balance of innovation and restraint has had a vital role in shaping New Zealanders’ unique fashion sensibility.
Neville describes the label as “a stylist’s collection, which lends itself to people who want to be individual, and are savvy enough to understand and be confident in their own styling”. The versatile pieces are open to interpretation and can be worn and styled in many different ways, working for diverse ages, sizes and personalities.
Reflecting the edginess of the clothing is the raw industrial character of the flagship boutique at Britomart. It’s the only store in the world to carry the full range of Zambesi menswear and womenswear, along with a carefully handpicked range of international designers such as Maison Martin Margiela, Raf Simons and renowned New Zealand label Nom*D.