Hello friends! For the past few years I’ve been one of those complete cliches of a human being who rejects everything about their home country. I can’t even begin to count the amount of times I’ve complained about New Zealand or New Zealanders or how isolated it is here or the tall poppy syndrome or the lack of fun things to do, or this, that, and the other thing. But home is where the heart is, and after a year of being gone (the longest time I’ve ever spent away from Auckland), I flew back in and realised how incredibly lucky I am to come from this godforsaken country. Highlights include: the huge open sky, the water (drinking and ocean included), the redevelopments along Ponsonby Road (especially Ponsonby Central), Dizengoff cafe, Les Mills gym and all the incredibly good looking people who work out there on a daily basis, my family and friends, the regularity with which you run into people you know, and the Auckland Domain, because hot damn that is an attractive piece of land. Sometimes it takes leaving to be able to actually see this stuff, and I’m appreciating this city like a tourist right now.
One of my first stops when I’m in Auckland is always to visit my mates Marty and Leon at Fabric — I’m pretty sure I say this every time I’m back, but I’ve travelled all over the world, and there are very few multi-brand boutiques that are as well stocked, merchandised, or staffed as Fabric on High Street.
Fabric has been the go-to spot for denim in Auckland for the last 15 or so years, and they’ve recently created their own eponymous collection of jeans which I had to try out. They’re designed by Simon Miller (of Simon Miller Denim fame, who co-owns Fabric), and each pair is made in Japan from Japanese denim.
I made the bold statement recently that I will never again wear a pair of pre-washed/faded jeans, but after trying this pair on, I have to take it back, and will refrain from ever saying never in the future because it always ends up coming back to bite me.
The moral of the story is twofold: 1. You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone; and 2. Don’t ever be afraid of completely contradicting yourself by having a strong opinion one way and then feeling the opposite way a little while later, because situations change and opinions change and feelings change and we’re only human.
Feels good to be home!
I’m wearing: Ebbets cap; Z Zegna bomber jacket; Comme des Garcons cardigan; Commoners tee shirt; Fabric jeans; Mark McNairy shoes. (The cap, cardigan, and jeans come from Fabric, the tee shirt is available here.)
While I’m home I’m going to shoot as much as I possibly can, so if you’re a New Zealand brand that wants to get in contact, hit me here (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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