During this time of social challenge it’s more important than ever to support our local stores and villages. These business owners are often independent sole operators who pour their heart and soul into their creative ventures.
Anne Nicolle of Spero Shoes and Clothes is one such boutique owner in the heart of Birkenhead who had the inconvenience of a shop fire last year but has bounced back stronger than ever.
Anne has lovingly stocked her store with quality, well-known clothing labels like Lemon Tree Design, Joseph Ribkoff, Bittermoon and Egerie – Paris, amongst others. The intimate space allows her to focus her attention on you as you browse the racks and try on new garments with her guidance.
Anne loves it when new stock arrives, and says, “This season there are stunning bold, rich colours and textures. Cobalt, mustard, grey/black and red are some of the shades to add to your wardrobe to give it an updated look.”
As the only women’s shoe retailer in Birkenhead her brands include European styles from Emporio Italia, Effegie, EOS, Hogl, Rilassare as well as locally designed MINX.
“Boots and shoes this winter are moving toward a tapered toe and the casual sneaker is updated in soft leathers and animal print accents. The animal print is very on trend in all aspects of fashion right now.”
If you haven’t visited Birkenhead in a while, you’ll be pleasantly rewarded with several delightful stores, including Crave Home across the street, interesting cafes, a patisserie, quality butchery and of course, the modern library.
Spero Shoes & Clothes
13a Mokoia Road, Birkenhead
Ph 480 8885
Shoe obsessed shoppers like Tango’s Shoes Milford manager Ingrid Dawson are always paying attention to what designers are showing on the catwalk and she loves to bring fashion forward variations to Shore locals to suit our New Zealand climate and lifestyle. Heading into winter, Ingrid and her team have broken down the shoe trends you need to know about for 2020.
The current flavour continuing through is definitely the ankle grazing boot in a huge variety of styles from the Chelsea boot to the edgy grunge styled boots. There are variations on the lace up Victorian styled booties along with cowboy boots featuring modern design details that are essential for any wardrobe.
Investing in a pair of brogues is a must, or there are extensive variations on loafers including vintage style alternatives which are no longer restricted to conservative office attire but are receiving the ‘cool-girl’ seal of approval.
Sneaker enthusiasts don't need to panic either as they will certainly not be missing out this season with Tango's most supreme collections ever.
Ingrid says, “Look for shades of yellow, orange, blue and especially the contrasting shades of green this season which is a personal favourite of mine.”
The Milford Tango's team can help you select shoes, and warm, stylish slippers, from their vast range online, or by phone, and are offering free delivery around New Zealand.