NZ textile mill grows international presence
In an age when most locally run textile houses have closed their doors, one mill in New Zealand has continued to grow thanks to international success.
Inter-weave, based in Auckland, designs and manufactures luxurious wool textiles that are sold worldwide to high-end businesses including Ralph Lauren.
“Our story is one of a kind as we are one of the last weavers left in New Zealand, and have a larger overseas presence than local,” says managing director, Tracy March.
“We are 100 per cent New Zealand-owned, use New Zealand wool, have yarn spun in New Zealand, then design, dye, weave and finish all our products on site in Auckland, something very rare these days.”
After winning an award at last year’s NeoCon in Chicago—the largest commercial interiors show in North America—this year Inter-weave has branched out into producing wool and possum blend throws. The company also collaborated with fashion brands Hailwood and Stolen Girlfriends Club to create a range of ponchos for the 2014 New Zealand Fashion Week.
“Not only are we committed to niche quality but we are also renowned for our flexibility and service oriented philosophy,” explains March. “Our New Zealand origins compel us to produce natural fabrics which, like our country, have a long lasting beauty.
“Like so many different New Zealand industries, our company defies the ‘bigger is better’ tag. Instead, we simply work smarter across every facet of our operation.”