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An interview with Wynn Hamlyn

Our interview series is all about powerhouse women and men who inspire us through their work, creativity, business and passion. At Papier hq we are all about supporting and uplifting...

Our interview series is all about powerhouse women and men who inspire us through their work, creativity, business and passion. At Papier hq we are all about supporting and uplifting one another. These amazing individuals are here to share some of their expertise. Introducing Wynn Hamlyn..

This week for our interview series we had the privilege of sitting down with Wynn, owner and founder of clothing brand Wynn Hamlyn. Auckland designer Wynn established his label in 2014. His beautiful clothing brand strikes a balance of playful palettes and relaxed textiles, coupled with feminine elegance. Showing intimate attention to shape and silhouette, he has quickly become famous for his polished separates and modern tailoring. His latest collection featured a collaboration with jewellery designer Hera Saabi.

We caught up with Wynn to talk about what inspires him, his business journey and what he's looking forward to most in 2021.

1. Your collections are so incredible. What inspired and motivated your pre-fall, 2021 collection?

In a time of Global confinement, Wynn Hamlyn Pre Fall '21 Collection 'New Craft' is a connection to the work of the hand, the artist and the craftsperson.

Wynn Hamlym reminisces of an era pre-internet, and pre-mass production. In unifying elements of technical innovation, Wynn brings us back to the present. Performance sportswear detailing and fabrications are used in unity with old craft - telling a story that beauty and utility need not be mutually exclusive. 

The collection references the Arts and Craft movement in transcribing Morris' Little Flower through jacquard machine knit. It's central medallion is pierced by a cyanotype-blue, heat-sealed sportswear zip. A classic moss stitch is present too - reminiscent of the age-old rhythm knit one, purl one (repeat); replicated by machine. Wynn's own touch enters the collection a bit closer to home, through the eyes of his own workroom. Wooden beads are hand turned, and twigs from the Aotearoa - native kowhai tree are plucked, cast in bronze by artisan Maeve Woodhouse of Hera Sabi, and affixed - part toggle, part embellishment. 

2. What are your most important elements of your daily routine?

Coffee, getting to work before most of the staff arrive so I have quiet time to think about the day.

3. How would you describe your personal style in your home?

We live in a late 80's / Early nineties townhouse - There are lots of wood and chrome fixtures. Our furniture is made of neutral colours and we get our colour by our artwork on the walls.

4. How do you incorporate your playful palette and feminine elegance in your day-to-day life?

The women in my life wear Wynn Hamlyn so I would say this is how I see it incorporated daily!

5. Where do you go to for style inspiration? 

Galleries, Music and nature - it's good to take note of things outside of the fashion industry - new perspectives.

6. As a business owner, what is your biggest challenge?

Work-life balance - I'm sure this is the same for every business owner! Making the most of time with friends and family is very important.

7. What are your favourite Papier hq pieces?

The Notebooks and the daily to-do lists. Good to stay organised!

8. What are you looking forward to for the rest of 2021?

Right now looking forward to seeing this lockdown through, and seeing what New Zealand will look like with COVID for next year. Im looking forward to starting on PF22, that's a season we work on men's and women collections!

Follow Wynn Hamlyn on Instagram or visit his website


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