Why should we compost?
17.10.2021
Why should we compost?

Half of everything Aucklanders send to landfill each year is actually compostable - 10% is from the garden and 40% is from food! The food waste alone weighs about the same as 15,000 elephants. Sadly, once those food scraps are mixed in with rubbish in a landfill, they no longer get the oxygen needed to break down effectively.

Maggie Marilyn x Million Metres
07.10.2021
Maggie Marilyn x Million Metres

At Maggie Marilyn, we believe the small daily choices each of us make will fulfil our collective desire for a safer and cleaner planet. Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity.

That’s why we offer the purchase of trees – right alongside your 01 Singlet!

So, what actually happens when you buy a Tī Kōuka (Cabbage Tree) or a Harakeke (New Zealand Flax)? We have partnered with Million Metres – a program dedicated to restoration projects to bring your trees to life – literally! Below we ask a few questions to Rosa Thompson at Million Metres about why trees are so important and what impact your purchase has.

Feeling Benched? Same.
02.10.2021
Feeling Benched? Same.

When Kiwis were thrust into our most recent lockdown - side note: Isn’t it weird that “lockdown” is now part of our everyday vernacular? – my mindset was initially one of, Okay. We know the drill. Let’s get this done. 18 months into a pandemic, our brains were already well-adjusted to seeing friends over FaceTime and colleagues over Zoom. We were long past the point of judging those who stayed in pajamas all day or when a 5pm drink was poured at 3pm. I dusted off the banana loaf tin and Bumble account and thought, I’ve got this. But very quickly it all started to feel a lot heavier than other lockdowns. The momentum faded. I stopped planning my days around the 1pm announcements and eventually stopped listening altogether (sorry, Bloomfield). Because the truth is, my life feels like it’s on hold right now. Or worse, like it’s passing me by altogether.

Shoes To Wear While You Change The World
17.09.2021
Shoes To Wear While You Change The World

We worked in a never-ending cycle, churning out designs and product, then inevitably marking down those products that didn’t move as quickly as we’d hoped. I believe the way most traditional brands are set up today is breaking the fashion industry apart. The model is to chase un-ending financial growth and profit, with no regard for people and the planet. I started Nelson Made to create a better, more sustainable model. NM is built on a foundation of transparency, sustainability, and ethical manufacturing. We handcraft considered pieces in small quantities to minimize our impact on this beautiful planet...

Change
10.09.2021
Change

We must march bravely towards change – Our future relies upon it

The End Goal
01.09.2021
The End Goal

For as long as I can remember I’ve been obsessed with The End Goal. Not necessarily, dream apartment in New York and five perfect children, but that at some point in my life I would be 100% satisfied with who I am and what I’ve done and I will feel complete happiness.

The Correlation Between Humanitarian Crises and The Climate Crisis
29.08.2021
The Correlation Between Humanitarian Crises and The Climate Crisis

“You can’t separate human trauma and planet trauma; they are one and the same.”– Sheila Watt-Cloutier, climate activist, human rights advocate, and Nobel Prize nominee.

The Art Of Conversation
23.08.2021
The Art Of Conversation

How are you? It’s a question we ask so often, and one I personally ask hundreds of times a day in my role on Maggie Marilyn’s retail team.

See You In The Kitchen!
16.08.2021
See You In The Kitchen!

This week, one of our favourite foodie’s Ali Hitchcock (affectionately known as @hitch.cooks) has created us a soul-warming recipe full of flavour, spice and punch.

Strengthen Your Strengths, Not Your Weaknesses
15.08.2021
Strengthen Your Strengths, Not Your Weaknesses

A few months back I was catching up with a friend in a noisy (okay, mostly from our table) restaurant. We were squished into a dark corner on one of those too-small-for-food bar leaners with warm, pillowy bread and olive oil and woodfired eggplant wedged between us. A negroni for me. A glass of red for her. And we were doing what we do best: exchanging unsolicited advice.

What does an environmentally-minded workplace look like?
02.08.2021
What does an environmentally-minded workplace look like?

The saying, “Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good”, is a favourite here at Maggie Marilyn, and one we come back to often.

That Thing You're Feeling Is 'Stuck'
22.07.2021
That Thing You're Feeling Is 'Stuck'

There’s something about winter that shifts a person’s energy. Actually, maybe “shift” isn’t the right word. It’s not really a moving thing. More of a stall? Yes, that’s it: Winter stalls a person’s energy.

More than a Status - An Explanation on Carbon
18.07.2021
More than a Status - An Explanation on Carbon

In our 2021 Impact Report, we proudly announced that we’ve been able to reduce our carbon emissions by 73% and, as a result, become New Zealand’s first carbon-positive clothing brand.

R+Co Bleu’s Paloma Garcia On Using Beauty To Empower And Inspire
24.06.2021
R+Co Bleu’s Paloma Garcia On Using Beauty To Empower And Inspire

To bring our beauty vision for ‘A Brave New World’ to life, Maggie Marilyn partnered with environmentally conscious hair brand R+Co and Paloma Garcia, owner and director of Paloma Salon.

In Conversation with Natalie Triglone Collis
26.05.2021
In Conversation with Natalie Triglone Collis

We worked in a never-ending cycle, churning out designs and product, then inevitably marking down those products that didn’t move as quickly as we’d hoped. I believe the way most traditional brands are set up today is breaking the fashion industry apart. The model is to chase un-ending financial growth and profit, with no regard for people and the planet.

What's Mine is Yours
13.05.2021
What's Mine is Yours

What’s Mine is Yours - a visual narrative by Sophia Doak. Lovers and friends wearing each other's MM, shot by @soph_rose_d in Auckland, New Zealand.

Great Minds Think Alike
06.05.2021
Great Minds Think Alike

Today on the journal, we speak with Maggie, Nigel Borell of Toi Tū Toi Ora and Kate van Praagh, Westpac's Head of Sustainability, about environmental activism, the best place to start if you're feeling overwhelmed, and - as allies in the fight against climate change - what gives them hope.

One Year On: What We’ve Learned
28.03.2021
One Year On: What We’ve Learned

2020 was a year many could define using a single word: Pandemic, and it stretched us in ways that were unconceivable 12 months ago.

Extending The Life Of Deadstock
25.03.2021
Extending The Life Of Deadstock

At MM, we’re committed to using high quality fabrics that are kind to both people and the planet, and one of the fabrics we sometimes use is deadstock.

Jess Moore
21.03.2021
The Impact Of 2020 On Our Career & How We Define Purpose

2020 and COVID-19 made a lot us question the work that we do and, more specifically, why we do it.

A Letter From Maggie On Our Latest Forever Capsule
10.03.2021
A Letter From Maggie On Our Latest Forever Capsule

I touched on this late last year, but 2020 for me was really a year that solidified the importance of community.

Come Home To Yourself This Valentine’s Day
12.02.2021
Come Home To Yourself This Valentine’s Day

I know half a dozen people who have recently come out of long-term relationships. One of them recently separated from her partner of eleven years; the guy she’s danced with and confided in since puberty. Another broke up with his girlfriend of seven years just before Christmas; the girl who cared for him when his mother died, moved cities with him when he needed a fresh start, the person he bought a house and a dog with despite the “financial stupidity” because he’d learnt the hard way how fragile life was. And another recently split from her fiancé; her co-pilot in adulthood for almost a decade, her sounding board and spider catcher, and – admittedly – the only one who remembered to pay the utility bill each month.

My Somewhere Series- Meet Noelene Slaughter
28.01.2021
My Somewhere Series- Meet Noelene Slaughter

Noelene, or affectionately known by our team as Noels, joined our team as production assistant after owning one of our most valuable factories. She has a laugh that lights up the room, an unmatched warmth and zest for life, gives the worlds best hugs and is simply one of our favorite people.

Coercive labour practices in Xinjiang
19.01.2021
Coercive labour practices in Xinjiang

Xinjiang is a region in China that produces more than 84% of all cotton from China and more than 20% of the world’s total cotton.

My Somewhere Series - Meet George
18.01.2021
My Somewhere Series - Meet George

Infectious, effervescent and so entirely himself - George’s wicked sense of humour, effortless warmth and unique taste rich beyond his years, brings so much joy and spirit to our team.

Gratitude
12.01.2021
Gratitude

Did you know that fostering a sense of gratitude can lower stress, increase mental resilience, and boost self-esteem?

My Somewhere Series - Te Rōpu
06.01.2021
My Somewhere Series - Te Rōpu

With her uniquely warm energy and fierce determination to uplift Maori women, meeting Te Rōpu has been one of this year's most fortuitous events.

A holiday note from Maggie
23.12.2020
A holiday note from Maggie

Happy Holidays! We made it! We all made it to the end of a year that undoubtedly changed us all.

My Somewhere Series- Corrina Thompson
16.12.2020
My Somewhere Series- Corrina Thompson

With the biggest heart of anyone we know, meeting Corrina with her passion, compassion and drive to empower and restore mana to children, has been one of the highlights of our year.

My Somewhere Series- Sarah Hewitt
15.12.2020
My Somewhere Series- Sarah Hewitt

Hardworking, determined and gifted Mother, Sarah’s energy, warmth and zest for life are a gift shared with everyone she touches.

My Somewhere Series- Neha Belton
10.12.2020
My Somewhere Series- Neha Belton

Family man and founder of Selvedge Cloth - Neha’s joy for life and exquisite taste from fashion to furniture goes unmatched.

Why waste is the worst
01.12.2020
Why waste is the worst

Welcome to our sustainability series! This series will cover different ways to reduce your waste and apply these sustainability principles to your life in the hope that we can all be a little bit more sustainable.

My Somewhere Series - Priya Patel
23.11.2020
My Somewhere Series - Priya Patel

Gallery girl by day, founder and designer of 08 Jewellery by night, Priya’s soft, genuine nature, strong sense of self, generosity and creativity are a constant light to us at MM.

Planet vs. Pandemic
20.10.2020
Planet vs. Pandemic

It seems not too long ago that humanity began to grapple with the understanding that many of our habits and lifestyles are causing damning damage to our planet.

How to care for your cotton pieces
05.10.2020
How to care for your cotton pieces

One of the benefits of cotton is how easy it is to take care of. Whether it is your new Maggie Marilyn piece, or any of your cotton items, here are some helpful tips to ensure a long and loving life!

Time for a new start? We're hiring.
25.08.2020
Time for a new start? We're hiring.

It seems that the weeks have been flying by here in the Maggie Marilyn office. The wind is a little warmer, dusk seems to arrive later and later by the day - spring is just around the corner.

Black Lives Matter
14.06.2020
Black Lives Matter

As a brand we talk about empowering our customers and everyone throughout our supply chain, but we cannot stand behind this mission if we do not stand up for the basic and equal rights of all people that make up our vital multi racial global supply chain, our customers, our audience and really everyone beyond that.

Sustainability Strategy Update Report
23.04.2020
Sustainability Strategy Update Report

We launched our first sustainability strategy in 2019 to help us navigate the complexities of sustainability and transparency and to ensure we had a clear roadmap to achieve our goals. We looked deep into our business to evaluate our impact, spotlight where we had the most control or oversight and then set ourselves measurable targets to achieve over the next two years.

Covid-19 Updates
17.03.2020
Covid-19 Updates

To our MM family around the world, our thoughts and love are with you and all those around you during these uncertain times.

Compost, broken down!
12.02.2020
Compost, broken down!

The what, why and how of composting.

Akaroa
11.01.2020
#MySomewhere Series: Olive, Akaroa

Somewhere represents that place where arriving feels like a warm embrace, a deep breath, a loving smile. It’s about going back to your roots, arriving home, to that place in the world where you truly belong.

2020: five questions to set up the decade
01.01.2020
2020: five questions to set up the decade

We are welcoming the new decade with optimistic, open arms! We are setting up our year by asking ourselves these 5 simple questions.

Maggie's Holiday Reading
24.12.2019
Maggie's Holiday Reading

Whether you are spending the holidays at the beach or cuddled up by the fire, forget what day it is by burying yourself in these wonderful books and podcasts.

A Sustainable Christmas : We're taking a break
23.12.2019
A Sustainable Christmas : We're taking a break

Sustainability is at the heart of MM and this means ensuring we take a much needed break to relax and revive over the holidays.

Somewhere - Designed for Tomorrow
10.12.2019
Somewhere - Designed for Tomorrow

We believe a circular economy model is the only option for the future of fashion. The current take-make-waste fashion system is a broken model that needs to change!

The True Cost of Returns
09.11.2019
The True Cost of Returns

We accept returns - but please be conscious that there is a cost to our planet

Maggie's Weekend Reading
04.04.2019
Maggie's Weekend Reading

Take some time for yourself this weekend, pick up a good book, make yourself a tea and curl up with some of my favourite finds from this week.