Your weekly style & culture edit: a new Aotearoa label to know & an exhibition for handbag aficionados

1 June 2022
By Hemma Vara

Read on for the five things you'll want to wear, admire, covet, and visit this week.

Shop: colour your world with the latest from Hej Hej

Hej Hej 'Knitty Gritty' knit.

While it’s natural to turn to monochromatic tones as the weather changes, as Hej Hej knows all too well, there’s nothing like an injection of vibrant colour to elevate a gloomy day. 

 A clever orchestration of sumptuous knits in periwinkle, sage, and cobalt, the latest collection from Hej Hej, ‘Let’s Go Outside’, importantly complements beloved styles from seasons past. 

This season also features a chic new fabrication blend in the ‘Creature Comfort’ knit, comprised of 55 per cent kid mohair and 45 per cent spun silk, the sheer style perfect for layering. 

Peruse Hej Hej’s ‘Let’s Go Outside’ collection at  

Discover: a new Aotearoa womenswear label to know

James Bush 'Dutch' coat & 'Twist' shirt.

Debuting his namesake brand this week, Wellington-born James Bush has focused his inaugural 10-piece collection on expert tailing and elegant drapery. 

Speaking to the collection, Bush explains, “I like to play with the tension and release between masculine and feminine to project power and sophistication in a way that is elegant and understated.”

Stand-out pieces include a structured wool coat and shirting galore in an array of sophisticated and flattering silhouettes, all set to become staple wardrobe essentials that will endure the test of time.  

Discover James Bush Collection 1 at

Indulge: sugary-sweet scents by Glasshouse Fragrances

Glasshouse Fragrances 'Smooth Operator' soy candle.

Envelop your home in new gourmand scents by Glasshouse Fragrances — because what’s better than burning a luxurious candle on a stormy night? 

Adding to the brand’s popular ‘Sugar Coated’ collection are two new varieties, the ‘Smooth Operator’, reminiscent of dipping your spoon into a buttery brownie with a gooey centre, and ‘Chai Chat’, an intensified aroma of freshly brewed chai tea with a creamy blend of musky spices. 

The ultimate in winter comfort, these heavenly soy candles will provide you with a divine sensory escape. 

Discover the Glasshouse Fragrances Sugar Coated collection at

Experience: an exhibition dedicated to handbag aficionados

Step into an exquisite exhibition of the history of handbags over the past 100 years, showing that the stylish accessory is more than just fashion, sometimes art, and intrinsically connected with society and culture. 

A must-visit for any fashionista, the carefully curated selection of luxury handbags is connected to iconic figures and fashion moments, including Princess Diana’s favoured ‘Lady Dior’, Judith Lieber’s ‘Crystal Egg’, and Sex and the City character Carrie Bradshaw’s Fendi Baguette. 

 ‘Carry Me: 100 Years of Handbags’ will show until 7 August 2022 at Whirinaki Whare Taonga in Upper Hutt.

Visit: a Palm Springs inspired bar

Taking cues from modernist Palm Springs design, newly opened bar and restaurant, Palmer, provides a sophisticated respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

Located at 1 Albert Steet, the food and beverage offering is sourced primarily from local suppliers and showcases seasonal ingredients, loosely inspired by the flavourful simplicity of Byzantine cuisine. 

A place for casual meetings to evening functions, Palmer is a venue for everyone. 

Open Tuesday to Saturday 12pm to late, check out the menu and make a reservation at


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