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Designer Wynn Hamlyn On The Power Of Supporting Local

by: Rosie Dalton | 1 year ago | Features

Image: designer Wynn Hamlyn.

Wynn Hamlyn is an independent fashion designer from New Zealand, who launched his label a few years ago and has since become one of the most-watched new designers. With a focus on innovative yet wearable tailoring and a focus on high-quality fabrications, Wynn Hamlyn’s designs are the kinds that elicit compliments. But they are also the kinds that you can wear over and over again on repeat.

We are thus very excited to launch new Wynn Hamlyn pieces on Well Made Clothes. To find out a little more about his journey as a designer, we asked Wynn to share his story and why he is so grateful for the ongoing support of the local fashion industry in New Zealand.

Rosie Dalton: Can you tell us a bit about your journey as a fashion designer to date and why you decided to launch your own label?
Wynn Hamlyn
: I started the label in 2015. I started it because I didn’t come from a fashion background and found it hard to get into the industry. So I was making clothes after work and managed to get a meeting for a small collection of knitwear that I had made. I wasn’t intentionally starting a label – I just liked the idea of selling what I had made. They bought the collection though and that range of knitwear then became the first AW collection for Wynn Hamlyn.

Rosie: How would you describe the local New Zealand fashion industry – do you find that there is a lot of support available within this sector?
: NZ fashion is a small community. Everyone knows everyone and I have found it very supportive. NZ media have also been amazing – continuously covering us and pushing the label out. NZ stores and buyers have also been good to me – I think they are so brave to give new labels a go. And without that opportunity, it wouldn’t have been possible to still be going now. 

Rosie: Your label focuses on high quality construction — why do you think this is so important right now, in the face of so much ‘throwaway’ fashion?
: There are huge costs and impacts (social, environmental, economic) involved with garment manufacturing at any level. So if we can make at a high quality and lengthen the life span of the garment, then that can only be a good thing.

Rosie: What does ethical fashion mean to you personally?
: Being transparent about your manufacturing and fabrics.

Rosie: Finally, what are your hopes for the future of the brand and for fashion in general?
: To continue to grow, make the clothes we want to and develop relationships with like-minded people.


You can shop our full range of Wynn Hamlyn pieces over here.

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