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Deryn Schmitt 

- 6th May 2020 -


Deryn Schmitt is a talented fashion designer working in the heart of wellington. Her love for bold prints and beautiful colours stands out in her 100% NZ-made collection. Using tailoring to get the perfect fit, Deryn Schmitt makes sure women of all ages look and feel amazing.

What is your favourite piece of fashion advice?
Work for your own body shape and style, as we are all individuals, so choose your best parts and highlight those. Be YOU and remember 'less is more'. 

What item of clothing could you never live without?
My Deryn Schmidt Leather Jacket made from NZ Deer Nappa.

What exciting things does Deryn Schmidt have lined up for this year?
We celebrated 10 years of Deryn Schmidt this year, so we are continuing to reinvent the wheel and keep our loyalty to being New Zealand made. After opening our second boutique in central Wellington on Lombard Lane, we are looking forward to launching our SS19-20 range and having many more exciting events in the pipeline.

If you could bring one thing back into fashion again what would it be?
Everything comes back around whether we like it or not.  Embrace what you will. Personally, I would love to see everyone dressing up again for their working day, getting rid of this super-casual dress code. 

What does the word ‘Fashion’ mean to you?
Personal Style. I design using classic shapes, reinterpreting ideas using beautiful fabrics to flatter the female body.  

Who is your fashion role model?
I have many role models, but in the fashion world I am always referencing back to my favourites, the likes of Elsa Schiaparelli, Balenciaga and Christian Dior. 

What is your least favourite trend?
Activewear worn as everyday wear!