KILT are a New Zealand made and designed women’s clothing company. Our mission here at KILT is to provide the ultimate experience by helping women feel amazing, with the best NZ made products at affordable prices, while impacting less on the environment.
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 also for everything in-between.
Our trained boutique stylists are there to help not sell. They know their stock, their 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 the 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 so much we opened our own factory to guarantee that we will always be able to offer our KILTies timeless, creative, versatile pieces. Being NZ made also means we can bring our styles to you faster and we are able to react to the changeable weather (hey we live here to!). We also care about the environment and try to minimise waste as much as we can and use or donate our scrap material where we can.
KILT started with the recognition (back in 2000! –yip the world didn’t end!) that there were hardly any affordable NZ made clothing options specifically made and designed for New Zealand women. And boy did the women of NZ respond – KILT now has 16 boutiques throughout New Zealand and a large loyal following of KILTies that know and believe in exactly what we believe in.
Melissa Williams always knew she wanted to be a fashion designer.
As a young girl she used to rummage through vintage shops and analyse how garments were made.
Mel completed her fashion studies in New Zealand. While studying Mel had worked retail and knew what it took to provide a great experience.
During her time managing a fashion boutique in Wellington she noticed a gap in the market for affordable New Zealand made clothing - clothing that was made with the New Zealand women's figure in mind. She was over having to tell women where they could get their overseas garments tailored so that they would fit them perfectly.
Instead she worked day and night and pitched her collection to the buyers and KILT was born. After wholesaling KILT for a few years Mel realised that she wanted more control over the whole process - she decided to open her first boutique near her hometown at 68 George St, Palmerston North
From this boutique Mel designed and created in the small loft area. This meant that Mel was able to hear how her customers felt about each garment and could hear what they were asking for. To this day what our KILTies (our customers) tell us in terms of fit and feedback is crucial to our design process.
When Mel was working on her designs one of her very first screen prints was of a kilt pin. Her friend who was studying marketing at the time decided to hit the streets with this image and asked people what came to mind when they saw this. "KILT" was named!
(There is no Scottish heritage & funnily enough the one thing we are not allowed to make are kilts!)
For KILT being NZ Made has been at the core of the brand since the very beginning. It is who we are. Made by us for us!
With many CMT (Cut Make Trim) Factories closing down KILT decided to future proof our point of difference by opening our very own factory called Made It Here. Being New Zealand made brings a smile to our faces - knowing that we are supporting and upskilling Kiwis is so important to us!