This is the illustrious and industrious Clare Bowden, designer for one of Welly’s most iconic businesses, Mandatory Menswear. She along with business partner Fiona Edwards has been dressing men from around the country and beyond from their Cuba street store for 18 years now. In this interview Clare talks about what it is like being in the rag trade for men and how she got the zips into the armpits of Fat Freddy’s Drop horn player, Joe Lindsay’s suits, and why Mandatory are popping up in Miramar next week.
Thanks to Pat Shepherd for the photo.
Mandatory Menswear Pop Up Shop at Sadhana Yoga Studio, 9 Park Road, Miramar Tuesday 30TH June – Sunday 5TH July 2015
With over 100 gigs scheduled for the Wellington Jazz festival, Jen Riches gets to interview one of Welly’s most progressive musicians Myele Manzanza about how he came to be part of the ROSS MCHENRY FUTURE ENSEMBLE and the very wide world of jazz.
Plus the Documentary Edge Film Festival directors, Alex Lee and Dan Shanan talk to Jen about the potential Wellington has to become the Hub for all film festivals?
One of the best days in Welly’s summer calender, Ciclovia Wellington is about to become three, with the first one kicking off this Sunday the 8th and the others on the 15th of Feb and the 8th of March. In this interview one of Ciclovia’s organisers, Susan Hutchinson – Daniel, talks about why these car free, open street days are manifesting globally.
Also if you’d like to give a little koha to help with the costs and to secure the event for future neighbourhoods please help out with their Pledge me campaign here;
And if you would love to be part of smiley volunteer team they would love your help:
Thanks to Alastair Smith for the photo’s.
Not only is Marianne Elliott the smiling face that greets you upon entry to Welly’s most fun restaurant LaBocaLoca, she is the author of Zen Under Fire a book of memoirs about her time as a human rights lawyer in war torn Afghanistan, a Yoga Guide, and she is about take on a new role as change maker with ActionStation.
Part 1 – Before she hits the ground with this next project, I wanted to ask her about her life and death experiences in Afghanistan, how she got through this time and why she came back to Wellington.
Part 2 – Marianne Elliott chats about the effects of the organic tequila at her restaurant LaBocaLoca, her new role at ActionStation and some wonderful insights into what she thinks is important right now, especially for women in our community.