Hailing from a background in costume for film, theatre, ballet and opera, Kirsty McLay established her homeware and clothing label KLAY in 2016 from her Auckland workshop and quickly achieved a cult-level-following status.


Kirsty, tell us — the best TV show/s you’ve recently binged.

Unorthodox — I particularly loved the authentic costumes and attention to detail.

What film would you highly recommend to watch while pretending to work from home?

Perhaps something on mubi.com.

What book has helped you get to sleep during the quiet nights of late?

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.

Name your go-to comfort dish to ease the worst feelings of existential despair.

Vegan banana loaf with walnuts, dates and LSA (linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds).

We all need new procrastination tools in these uncertain times, what exhilarating hobby have you recently added to your resume?

Yoga with Adriene on YouTube.

Increased mindfulness is essential in this climate — name your top tips for getting out of your head.

Walking is helping me a lot. I am aiming for 8,000-10,000 steps a day. Another thing I do every morning is light my oil burner and use my favourite oils from Absolute Essential — their ‘stressless blend’ is the one I’m currently using. Like a lot of other people, I am cleaning a lot which I find very therapeutic when I feel helpless.

Give us a piece of advice for those trying to work from home.

Be disciplined with time management — starting and stopping at the same time every day, not checking emails after hours, not working weekends.

What does a post-Covid-19 world look like?

It will cause massive unemployment and sadly will have serious disastrous economic effects globally. However, New Zealand, compared to many other developed countries right now, has a hopeful future with our leadership by Jacinda Ardern. The positives from this crisis are that there will be a pause in pollution and a chance for getting alternative energy production up and running. I hope that in the coming months there is a mass movement away from animal farming and a genuine attempt for social reform to care for all in our society.


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