Erin from Unique Model Management shot by Sophie Chan Andreassend at here today studio

Hair & Make Up: Abbie Ahmed | Jewellery: Twentysix Jewellery and La Luna Rose


Caprice from Unique Model Management shot by Poppy Jensen

Hair & Make Up: Shania Hales | Earrings: Quim

Sophia Butler (wearing  Sofija Sweater ) and myself at the launch night.  Photo credit: Good Magazine

Sophia Butler (wearing Sofija Sweater) and myself at the launch night.

Photo credit: Good Magazine

The launch of the Ethical Collab Pop Up was held on 11th March at Ponsonby Central. I had spent Sunday evening helping to set up the pop up, so it was great to come back the following night to see it all come together!

Until Sunday 17th March, you’ll be able to shop other amazing ethical brands such as; Outliv, Biddy + May, Bohome + Roam, GrumpySuns, Gooseboards, Wild Paper, OKI for All, Mushama & Me, Mane Project, Aurai Swimwear and of course, Good Magazine!

Check out more from the launch night over on Good Magazine.

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Nothing’s better than snuggling up with a good book and a cup of tea on a gloomy Winter’s day (and yes, it’s currently summer in New Zealand but lying on the beach with a book is just as good!). I’m constantly adding to my ‘to-read’ pile and as I’m writing this I have 6 books piled on my bedside table waiting to be read.

I set aside a goal in 2018 to read 20 books - I only ended up reading 12… Great effort Jess.

A friend of mine posted on her InstaStory asking her followers to participate in a global book exchange. My inner bookworm leapt at the opportunity, drawn to the idea of sending your favourite book to a stranger on the other side of the world and then receiving other people’s favourites. I usually read using a Kindle, so it was refreshing to read from a physical book (if you’re a Kindle user, you’ll understand me).

So without further ado, these are the books I managed to read in 2018:

  1. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

  2. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead - although fictional, it was eyeopening to read about slave history in America.

  3. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

  4. After You by Jojo Moyes - I got teary when I read the book and watched the movie, I just wanted to know if Lou Clark was okay?!

  5. A Little Life by Hanya Yangihara - I read this after seeing Estee Lalonde recommend it, and oh wow. You need to read it. I need someone to discuss it with.

  6. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

  7. Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba - great if you are thinking of starting your own business, plus I liked the quotes of successful woman at the end of the book.

  8. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh - if you like crime novels, you MUST add this to your reading list.

  9. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

  10. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt - I’ve wanted to read this for AGES and I’m glad I finally did. Its a long one, so be prepared for a journey. Oh and apparently it’s being turned into a movie.

  11. Rise and Resist by Clare Press - I listen to Clare Press’s podcasts and admire her work revolving around sustainability and ethics in fashion, so naturally I had to read Rise and Resist as soon as it was published (spoiler: I learnt A LOT).

  12. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

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A one-off sweater and shorts hand-knitted for WoolOn 2018

A unity of using traditional craft and materials with modern reflective yarn to give the outfit dynamic as you move.


L - R (clockwise): flying past Mt. Taranaki, I accidentally made Sophia and I catch the wrong bus but we found a cute cat instead, butterfly at the Wellington Botanical Gardens, book store of my dreams, a previous entry for World Of Wearable Art and me wearing a skirt I found in a second hand store with the Sofija Sweater in magenta.


During New Zealand Fashion Week, I attended a panel hosted by Outliv, where our local ethical fashion industry was discussed. Interesting points were made and I left the discussion with a lot of questions on my mind; how can I make my knitwear more sustainable? What can I offer customers in the long run for their garment? How can I minimise my waste? What can I do to raise awareness without adding to the cause?

Ever since a trip to India in 2015, along with further research when we got back, I have been more aware and conscious of how much waste we produce and the impact that it has on the environment. But with fashion being the second largest polluting industry in the world, right behind fossil fuel, the demand for change has never been so needed. I have mixed feelings about fast fashion leading retailers, such as H&M, releasing "eco-conscious" ranges. On one hand, I think its great that they're raising awareness about the future of fashion, but on the other, they produce clothing and accessories at such high volumes that it defeats the purpose of the "eco-conscious" range in the first place.

During the panel, a concept that I hadn't heard of before was mentioned, the circular economy. It is where design is at the forefront of change - by designing waste out of the system and you "take, make and dispose". Each person worldwide produces an average of 25kg of textile waste per year! Natural fibres are important to me, which means they can biodegrade at the end of their life cycle. Alternative garments made out of polyester or nylon take approximately 40 years to degrade, whereas wool takes between six months to one year. The Sofija Sweater is hand-knitted with NZ mohair and wool with a tiny hint of nylon, which holds it together, but we're working on that so it can break down at the end of its life cycle. Stuff did a comparison test on degrading wool and a synthetic material, which you can read here.

I am currently researching more about the circular economy and how I can apply it to my knitwear - WINTER 2019 is going to be an interesting one! I could go on forever about ethics and sustainability, but we'll save that for another blog post!

I would love to hear your thoughts and comments about ethical fashion and a slower way of living. Leave them in the comments below or send me a message!

From L - R: Malorie Cooney from  Fanny’s Fannys , me, Kate from  Ethically Kate  and Sophia Butler from  Sofija Butler .

From L - R: Malorie Cooney from Fanny’s Fannys, me, Kate from Ethically Kate and Sophia Butler from Sofija Butler.


One of the things that I love about designing and creating knitwear, is seeing people enjoy their pieces!

Don't forget to tag us on Instagram so I can see how you style your JG knitwear.


A couple of months ago, I had the pleasure of having breakfast with Kate from Ethically Kate at Little Bird in Ponsonby, where we discussed fast fashion, consumerism and our thoughts on ethical and sustainable fashion. She is such an inspiring young women with a wealth of knowledge in these areas and I felt like I could discuss these topics all day with her!

ANYWAY, thank you Kate for featuring me alongside fellow friend and designer, Sofija Butler, on your list of 12 Sustainable and Ethical Fashion Brands for the Style-Conscious New Zealander over on Eco Warrior Princess.