Wendy Alexander is one of those ladies that always looks fabulous, whether dressed up or down. She is one of our loyal Wellington regulars and we took the time to catch up with her and chat about all things fashion, business and what she loves about Wellington!
How long have you been shopping at taylor?
Since the store opened in Wellington – I was immediately drawn to Vicki’s aesthetic. taylor holds a special place in my heart both because of the service and experience shopping there, and the beautiful clothing and accessories.
What is your favourite taylor piece that has been in your wardrobe for years?
That’s a tough one to answer! I’m a real pants girl so it would have to be my (many) pairs of Integral Pants; such a fantastic foundation piece.
Have you had any amazing moments when wearing taylor?
I am frequently stopped by women in Wellington, asking where I bought a certain piece, or telling me that they love my look and outfit – so humbling!
What draws you to the taylor aesthetic?
Living in Wellington, layering is the way to go. I love that my taylor pieces can be put together in so many different ways, and that they can take me from work, to evenings out, and into the weekend depending on what they’re matched with.
What keeps bringing you back to taylor?
The experience in-store, and of course the designs. I’m not an online shopper; for me it’s all about feeling fabrics, trying out combinations, and having fun being styled by the talented team in-store.
How would you define your personal style?
Classic, but with an edge. And it has to be comfortable.
How did you get into recruitment?
Like most in the industry, I kind of ‘fell’ into it when I was in my early 20’s. It’s a challenging and interesting industry; no two days are the same, but it’s so rewarding helping New Zealand businesses find top talent, and supporting candidates to find their dream role.
Can you tell us a bit about your business and what inspired you to start it?
Kin officially launched just over a year ago; having been incubated within our sister company Humankind during the year before. At Kin we are obsessed with candidate experience and representing our clients brands to build lasting positive memories – it is an approach that resonates with our clients!
As a purpose driven business we strive to help people to love what they do; it’s at the core of everything we do at Kin. I’m blessed to work with an amazing business partner in Samantha Gadd, and together we are on a mission to bring a more modern, transparent, and fairer recruitment model to the market.
Do you have any advice for others wanting to start their own business?
I believe it is important to love what you do and so if you’re 100% committed to your idea, just do it! The key things I’ve learned during our first year in business are: surround yourself with the best people, be humble (make friends with failure), and trust your instincts!
What do you love about living in Wellington?
Wellington is my hometown and I love it. It’s such an easy city to live in, and to do business in. The networks and communities that make up the city are close (some would say too close!), and it’s easy to create a real sense of belonging here. I’m blessed that my four sons all live locally – that’s special to me too.
How would you recommend spending a weekend in Wellington and what are some of your favourite local haunts?
Eating out and the café scene are both amazing in Wellington. Whether you’re in the heart of the city, or on the city fringes, you won’t find it hard to find an amazing place to eat or grab a coffee. We also have an active arts and culture scene, and the shopping is amazing. All our tops stores are within about a 1km radius of the CBD – such a blessing!
Where is your favourite place for a weekend away?
For a weekend away we head over the Rimutaka Hill to the Wairarapa. Martinborough and Greytown are just 15 minutes apart and both offer beautiful vineyards, a vibrant café scene, and lots of interesting shopping. If you’re into bush walks and adventuring, there are also some amazing sights out toward the coast.
Summer is just around the corner, what will we find you wearing?
No shoes! Come December 21 I’ll be kicking off my shoes and being barefoot for as long as I can! I love the casual knitwear range that taylor have this season, so they’ll be a feature, along with my trusted and much worn Extension Dresses.
What are your favourite pieces from our SS18 collection? What drew you to these?
I love my Sheer Draw-up Boat Dress and wear it such a lot. The other investment piece I added to my wardrobe this season is the Duo and Pleated Sequence Jacket. The attention to detail and variety of ways I can wear it make it wearable year-round.