Our design team focus on creating pieces (not collections), that will mix and match with your wardrobe, pieces that are elegant, sophisticated but practical and playful at the same time! We design clothing to be worn and loved. We have a focus on creating pieces that last, timeless pieces with a point of difference that make the wearer feel amazing. Versatility is a key focus for us – we know how good it is to be able to change up a look. After all, we are Kiwi women designing not only for those special occasions but for everything in-between.
Our trained boutique stylists are there to help not sell. They know their stock, colours, and fabrics and they are all super energised to help you find exactly what you are looking for (and more often than not, it is something completely different to what you thought!). We pride ourselves on our customer experience – we focus on creating relationships and love to catch up with our loyal KILTies on a daily.
KILT loves NZ and all that it has to offer, which is why it is so important to us that our clothing is all made right here. We love NZ Made! We love that we are able to offer our KILTies timeless, creative, versatile pieces. Being NZ made also means we can bring our styles to you faster and we can react to the changeable weather (hey we live here too!). We are also big environmentalists here at KILT and try to minimise waste as much as we can.
KILT started with the recognition (back in 2000! –yip the world didn’t end!) that there were no affordable NZ made clothing options specifically made and designed for New Zealand women. And boy did the women of NZ respond – KILT now has 19 boutiques throughout New Zealand and a large loyal following of KILTies that know and believe in exactly what we believe in.
Our Design Team take inspiration and feedback from our customers and staff to create timeless pieces. They sketch out the design and brainstorm what fabrics would best be suited to get the whole picture of what the design could end up being. Our designers then begin the pattern drafting process!
Once a pattern has been drafted, the designers make their own wearability sample in one of the chosen fabrics. This is then worn and washed over a 2-3 week period to ensure the style and fabric wears well and that everyone in the Design Room is coveting it. A final sample is then made by our sample machinist.
Once we are happy with the final sample we create a specification sheet. Working out which fabrics and the quantities and ratios. We then tender the style to the Cut Make Trim factories that we use in New Zealand.