Creativity has always been an integral part of who I am. I can't remember a moment in my life where I haven't been drawn to create. Whether this is clothing, crafts, or anything else - hunting out overlooked materials and moulding these into something beautiful is at the core of my being.
Growing up, I studied fashion and worked for Starfish, a clothing designer in Wellington. I then traveled for a few years before launching my very own brand. Today, I'm based in Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast of Wellington, New Zealand. We have a store, workroom, and studio where all the magic happens!
I call myself a hunter and collector of all things beautiful. I'm always searching for new fabrics, buttons, and linens in garage sales and second-hand shops. I use these preloved products to make new eco-friendly things to wear, use, and love. Recycling, upcycling, and minimizing waste are the foundation of my work.
I am proud to be a Living Wage employer.
With a mother who was a dress-maker and a grandmother who was a tailor, one could say Marion is continuing a family tradition. Originally from Wellington, at the age of just 15 she began a coveted apprenticeship with renown Wellington fashion designer Ashley Fogel at Ninon Modes. Marion eventually moved on to work for Roland Wimmers followed by work with Uta Griffon before deciding to work from home while raising her family.
Marion joined team at in early 2016. Coming from an established life-long passion for supporting made-in-New Zealand designs and clothing, Marion’s approach blends seamlessly with the eco-friendly philosophy here at Juli Hunter's!
Braiden is our workroom all-rounder! She does fittings, alterations, and helps out our valued customers. However, her favourite part of the job is putting together our gorgeous displays. Braiden can put together an outfit like nobody else! If you see our mannequin Zelda looking extra snazzy, you can be sure that it’s because of Braiden working her magic behind the scenes. She is also the reason our garment racks are so beautifully colour-coordinated and our mannequins all look so stylish.
Braiden has been with us here at Juli Hunter Eco Friendly Style for one whole year now. She entered the fashion industry because she couldn’t see herself doing anything else. It was her favourite subject in high school, so it was only a natural step for her to pursue a career in the industry. She studied at the New Zealand School of Fashion in 2017 and has been putting in the hard yards behind the sewing machine ever since.
Kaitlyn is our publicist. She’s a proofreader and copywriter, who also happens to be super passionate about the environment. She takes our photos, uploads our products online, and writes our monthly newsletter. Her favourite part of the job is getting the first peek at all our gorgeous new products and then writing about how fantastic they are!
Kaitlyn joined us earlier this year, but she has been a keen writer for as long as she can remember. Op shopping is also one of her favourite things to do, so she slots in nicely with us here at Juli Hunter's.