It is a cornerstone of our brand to manufacture in New Zealand. We are committed to making every garment possible locally, with 95% of our current collection proudly made here. The only exception is some of our more complex knitwear designs, which are made responsibly in Milan, Italy. We are steadfast in our decision to manufacture in New Zealand despite the significantly higher cost compared to producing offshore. The New Zealand garment manufacturing industry was decimated in the late 80’s through the explosion of fast fashion and cheap imports. Incredibly, a small group of pattern makers, machinists, cutters, pressers and fabric suppliers survived. The dedication and skill of these amazing people is what inspires us most. At Maggie Marilyn we have pledged to help rebuild a manufacturing base in this beautiful country and to forever challenge ourselves on how we do business. Success to us will always be measured by the positive impact we can make in our community and our industry. We are passionate about revitalising the New Zealand clothing manufacturing industry, investing in our community and fostering our next generation of talented makers.
To read more about our Responsibility, download our Supplier Code of Conduct here. To learn more about our commitment to become 100% made in New Zealand, download our 2020 Sustainability Strategy here.
We hold dearly the close relationships we have with all of our makers. They are as much a part of our lives as we are of theirs. We know the names of their wives, husbands and children. These relationships come with the uniqueness of producing in New Zealand. We are so proud to be contributing to our wonderful community and providing work to small, often family owned businesses working in an industry they love. Not only are we supporting them, we aim to help them prosper once again into the booming manufacturing industry New Zealand once knew.
We work with local importers in New Zealand who have long established relationships with overseas fabric manufacturers, while also working directly with some fabric mills. Our main supply points are in New Zealand Italy, China, India and Turkey.
Everything we aspire to and have accomplished so far wouldn’t be possible without the talented, passionate, caring and driven team at our head office in New Zealand and the rest of our team based in Sydney and New York. We are a close knit bunch of determined change makers who care deeply about our beautiful planet and the people and animals that we share it with. We are endlessly optimistic about the future and fiercely determined to create change. Our workplace environment is flexible, enjoyable, encouraging and oh so very rewarding.
Clockwise from top left: Ella Jones- Head of Retail Development, Georgia Lloyd- Production Manager, George Carey- In House Sales Manager, Noelene Slaughter- Production Coordinator, Megan Bucklee- In House Sample Machinist, Sarah Hewitt- Studio Assistant, Maggie Marilyn Hewitt, Honey- Office Dachshund, Charissa McGrath- Logistics & Online Manager, Alisha Wheeler- PR and Digital Manager, Olive Cashmore- Design & Sampling Manager (Missing- Rod Leong, our wonderfully talented Pattern Maker who does not like photographs)