In the Spotlight - Gifted Design Store

July 15, 2013

Gifted Design Store This past week I was lucky enough to go back to my favourite New Zealand town - Wanaka! I positively love this lakeside town. It has an enormous charm, stunning scenery, great eateries, strong coffee - what's not to love!? While there I popped into one of my favourite stockists Gifted Design Store. I met Rachael and Caz at the last NZ Gift Fair and knew we would hit it off right away! If you're ever down south and in the area, make sure to pop into their store! Though beware you will want to purchase everything inside! Store Name: Gifted Design Your Names: Rachael Bowering and Caz Cruden Job Title: Co-owners Location: 19 Helwick st Wanaka How did the idea of the store come about? There was a real gap in the market when I started it 8 years ago. I use to go the city and covet the beautiful Design Stores wishing there was something like it in Wanaka!! Gifted Design Store2 Why the name? The designers we stock are Gifted! What kind of products do you sell? Homeware, Jewellery, Leather bags and wallets, Art, Stationery, Occasional furniture. What are the best and worst things about owning your shop? Best things are....Loving your job, talking to people who love what you’re doing. Finding exciting new product/designers. Worst things Wanaka’s shoulder seasons are a little slow.... need to be careful when ordering and staffing at these times. Gifted Design Store3 What's your favourite creative outlet? Changing displays....constantly. Also when new stock comes in. What are your top 5 websites/blogs at the moment and what makes them stand out?
  1. Studio Home - We love Studio Home, Julia is constantly sourcing new designers and ideas to keep her blog fresh and addictive!!
  2. Design Sponge
  3. The design files
  4. Fancy
  5. Finders Keepers
  6. Etsy
How do you find new designers / products to stock? New Zealand and Australian fairs, Magazines, blogs etc and they often find us – which is nice. What song or album are you currently playing in the shop? Nadia Reid – Letters I wrote and never sent. She played here in Wanaka last week. Where can people find you physical shop and on the web? 19 Helwick St Wanaka, Also our facebook page – Gifted Design Store   Gifted Design Store5 Gifted Design Store4  

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