When in New Zealand…buy Merino Wool!!!!
I went to Auckland, NZ last month for a friend’s wedding. Apart from catching up with friends and seeing some sights, obviously the most important thing was, fabric shopping!
We only had a very rushed one hour for it, and had to get there on foot. I went to The Fabric Store. It was the only one I could get to by walking from the hotel. They have branches across NZ (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin), Australia (Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne) and USA (Los Angeles). They also have a blog showcasing finished products made from their fabrics.
Address: 139 Newton Road, Newton, Auckland 1010, New Zealand.
Yes, I live in Brisbane and there’s a branch here (which I’ve never been), but I went to the one in Auckland… Well, they are famous for their selection of pure buttery soft merino wool fabrics. NZ is famous for that. So I went, with a limited budget… it was too rushed and I forgot to take pictures of the store itself! Here are a few pictures I found on the net (referenced) to give us an idea.
The shopfront: Picture from here.
Inside: Rolls upon rolls of delicious fabrics. Pic from here.
More fabulous fabrics. Pic from here.
I would say they specialise in silks, merino wool, wool blends and leather hides. Their selections appear to be considered and curated. Below are my own pictures, of fabrics I bought from there:
Of course I am not advertising for the shop. I just want to share what I bought on my trip to Auckland. Later that day, friends drove us past a very large fabric warehouse (in Newmarket?), but didn’t have time to go in! There, I have my excuse to go back to Auckland again some day!