Kate's Fashions is a small local factory, who we have developed a very close relationship with over the last few seasons. Kate's team have a very high standard and strong work ethic. Her story is an example of the great things people are doing for the New Zealand manufacturing community and we are proud to play a role in her story.

“My name is Kate Ma and my fashion journey started while at school in my hometown of Dalian, China. I took a clothing class at high school which I really enjoyed and after that moved on to the Dalian Fashion Academy for three years of study. My first job after studying was at a local clothing factory, sewing, overlocking and general production operations. Pretty hard work but I learned a lot about garment manufacturing and how to organise a factory. After a few years when my daughter came along I left the factory. A little later I started tailoring for private clients from home. My first business was a fruit shop I opened in collaboration with my sister. It was an interesting time as China was just starting to develop a market economy after many years of state control. In the late 1990’s my first overseas experience was 2 years in Japan as a sampling machinist.

I came to New Zealand in 2006, initially intending to work for a couple of years, then return to China. I was using a Chinese chat program called QQ to keep in touch with my family when I noticed someone from the same Auckland suburb using it. It turned out to be a Kiwi who was using it to communicate with factories in China for his job as a purchasing manager. We met up and have been together ever since. I started taking on contract sewing work, one step removed from directly making for the fashion houses. By 2013 I was becoming too busy to work from home so I leased a small factory in Penrose and started making directly for some really great New Zealand labels. After a couple of years as business increased we outgrew the Penrose factory and Kates Fashions Limited moved to our current location.

I’m really proud of the work that my team and I do for Maggie Marilyn. Their quality standards are high and it is great to be a small part of Maggie Marilyn’s international success story.”

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