Kia Ora

Hello there!

Firstly, thank you for visiting our site and for clicking onto the ‘about us’ page.

For us one of the things that makes ORIGIN special is the story behind the brand, so it means a lot that you are keen to learn a little about us and our dream!

Kia Ora

Hello there!

Firstly, thank you for visiting our site and for clicking onto the ‘about us’ page.

For us one of the things that makes ORIGIN special is the story behind the brand, so it means a lot that you are keen to learn a little about us and our dream!

Who are we?

My name is Zoey, I am a kiwi who was born and raised in Sunny Nelson, New Zealand. Most of my time is spent focusing on design, marketing, customer care, media, commercial and financial matters with the help of my partner.

What does ORIGIN mean to us? 

The meaning of ORIGIN is ‘the place or moment where something begins to exist’. For us ORIGIN means home, authenticity, family, new beginnings, goals, connection, roots, it is something that is with us in our blood but also our hearts and souls. We want people to feel comfortable, supported and feel themselves (even a little boujee) when wearing ORIGIN. Every item is designed to be one which you can wear every day and is timeless meaning you can hold onto and keep wearing the items for many seasons to come!

SO HERE WE ARE...

After a long time coming, we are so excited to say that we are ready to go live and share our brand with the rest of the world – we hope you love it as much as we do! 

Conscious, Stylish, Comfortable

What kind of clothing do we make?

PRACTICAL, STYLISH, VERSATILE and most importantly COMFORTABLE lifestyle wear made from gorgeous and soft fabric. The kind of clothing that can be worn for every occasion, from your online video conference, exploring the outdoors, traveling, school pick up, coffee with friends or staying at home and lounging around!
The way I have always seen it is that clothing an extension of me, my outfits reflect who I am, my mood, the things I want to share with others and the things that I want hidden. It is an opportunity to be creative depending on the way we feel and the things we have on the agenda for the day. 

Background summarised in 3 minutes flat

For the last few years M and I had been working and living between New Zealand and the Philippines as working on renewable energy developments (windfarms and hydrodams).

While in the Philippines I bought myself a sewing machine and re-taught myself to sew. Within weeks I was designing and sewing my own dresses. Although most of my career has been within the construction industry as a HR (Human Resources) there is no denying I have always had a soft spot for fashion, had my first taste of this when working in a popular store from age 13-18.

Quickly I realised that I enjoyed the creative/designing part and business side of it much more than the sewing. The vision of a clothing brand was born, and the business planning commenced. Right from the start I knew I wanted to be mindful about sustainability and doing things a bit differently to the many other brands out there.
When COVID hit all our plans went out the window as we learned that we were unable to return to the Philippines and that we would be based in NZ for the foreseeable future. Life all of a sudden looked very different, we were locking down, home schooling, working from home, zooming, traveling, swimming lessons etc. and I found that I needed 7 outfit changes in one day to suit the activity and weather… SO I changed my designs from beautiful bohemian styled occasion dresses to everyday clothing for all of you and I couldn't be prouder to reveal our items! 

M + Z
ORIGIN

Where style meets comfort

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