Photography Harriette Leake
Rewind to 2015 and Prakashan Sritharan opened Precinct 35, an expertly curated retail and art space with the warmest of welcomes and the best selection of homewares and clothing Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington-wide. A year later, Nedya France-White embarked on her first foray into fashion retail, with a goal of celebrating local design alongside like-minded international brands.
Both stores became an integral part of Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington’s creative scene, places where emerging talents were spotlighted established makers. And now? The marriage of these two superstores has taken place in the form of Kaukau and it’s open now, alongside an online store perfect for an international peruse.
In the words of Spice Girls, circa 1996, it’s a “2 Become 1” unification in the best kind of way.
“By acknowledging the limits of permanence, we have created a space that includes an evolving group of makers, designers and artists that we collaborate with. They, in turn, define KAUKAU as we form a visual narrative that ebbs and flows, imbued by moments of interest and a kaupapa that has always informed us.”