the only drawback to carrying predominantly northern hemisphere designers (and it's a small price to pay!) is that we're always buying the opposite season - so come winter we're sometimes missing those deliveries of nice, ruggy, heavy wintery coats and knits. enter perth designer carly hunter - whose collection of sculpted merino asymmetric coats, sumptuous shearlings and silk backed knits completely captivated us. carly's first drop just arrived today with more following shortly. now we just need the temperature to drop a few more degree's...
we love emmelie brunetti's 'a treatise on white magic' line of perfume balms - they've become a bit of a cult hit and ours are never far from our finger tips. so we were pretty excited when emmelie mentioned that she was working on a candle... in fact we may have harassed her constantly for the few months it took her to get them into production. but they were worth waiting for, and perfectly timed, the onset of winter doesn't feel so depressing when we can welcome it with the gorgeously smokey and leathery scent of atwm 'high desert campfire ritual' burning away.
as emmelie describes "for this candle, I was inspired by the channeling of current world events and the allure of liberating the mind through mystical drug induced journeys. I chose to work specifically with paraffin wax to evoke a discourse about our dependency to crude oil, as paraffin is a direct derivative of petroleum. the aroma exalts the scent of religious candles, burnt snakeskin leather and the high desert at dusk."
burnt wood, sand & tar scented 1oz (8-hour) travel candle. deep, leathery, smokey in aroma. paraffin wax. oils of cajeput, choya loban & birch tar. $25.00, in-store now and online here.
hi! sorry for the lack of informative posts recently - to be honest we can't quite believe it's nearly april!! sheesh!! but never fear, we'll be back on top of this whole blogging thing from now on. cross our hearts and hope to die.
above is a little taste of all the exciting new season deliveries that are currently gracing our racks, with new label 'bless' on its way and a candle line delivering soon from 'a treatise in white magic' entitled camp fire ritual that we can't wait to start burning in the store - it'll be the perfect way of easing ourselves into the impending winter.
the darkroom sale shop opens it’s doors again on friday the 4th february for 3 days only, this ongoing collaboration between children of vision, jimmy d and generalcucumber.com features heavily discounted pieces from local labels like zambesi, nom*d, lonely hearts, deadly ponies, deborah sweeney, twentyseven names, jimmy d and international designers such as bernhard willhelm, romance was born, ann-sofie back, rad hourani and many more!
this time the darkroom is bigger and better than ever, also boasting a selection of exclusive vintage clothing and accessories curated by charlotte rust from fast & loose, and a mini café called ‘the teahaus’ with a selection of tea’s, biscuits and magazines to make your sale shopping experience all that more indulgent.
the darkroom opens at 10am on friday the 4th February, open until 7pm for after work shopping. weekend hours are saturday 5th february 10am - 5pm and sunday 6th february 11am - 4pm.
there is parking available on pitt Street, karangahape road and mercury lane as well as a conveniently located parking building accessed from mercury lane.
you may have noticed on this blog that since opening we've asked each designer a few questions about themselves to get to know them a little better. ya' know, questions about their collections, what they'd do on a day off, what they know about new zealand, who they would shoot, shag or marry, etc. we also ask them to complete the sentence 'i had a vision and my vision was...'
we've had some pretty great answers, so we decided to start the 'tote project'. we asked incredible auckland based artist erin forsyth to interpret and illustrate these answers and we'll continue to release new totes through out the year each with different designers response to the question 'i had a vision and my vision was...'
the first two designers we've released are new zealand designer jimmy d (duh! of course!) and our favourite finnish prince of darkness, daniel palillo.
each tote bag is $45.00, made out of 100% cotton, in a sturdy cotton drill with robust tape handles. one side features erin's illustration and the other has the children of vision logo.
and hey! it's christmas! so gift it, or sling it over your shoulder and chuck all your christmas shopping in it!
the other day we got talking to the lovely natalie smith, one half of our favourite blog 'so much to tell you' about our new delivery of black amber balms. she recounted a story that she wrote about black amber balm creator emmelie brunetti for russh magazine a while ago, and whilst she talks about her initial project 'hopi botanicals' i'm sure emmelie would agree that her motivations and philosophies still apply. it's a beautifully written article and I don't know about you, but i love learning more about passionate creative people, so enjoy it! (click on the article above and click again to magnify)
the new shipment of black amber perfume balm's just arrived today, the last shipment sold out so don't delay! available in-store now or online here.
children of vision is a boutique nestled amongst the cafe's, galleries and strip clubs of auckland's notorious karangahape road. children of vision are fearless supporters of all that is avant garde, intellectual and unusual.