Jessica Grubiša and Madeleine Harman launched their namesake label Harman Grubiša in 2014 after becoming best friends while studying at the Whitecliffe College of Arts, drawn together by their strong work ethic. With backgrounds in styling and trend forecasting, the pair drew on their experiences, wanting to put in the hard yards and do the research before launching the label. To this day, Harman Grubiša avoids trends and produces everything ethically in New Zealand. The label turns out incredible pieces that are built to be core, long lasting pieces in women’s wardrobes with fabrics playing a crucial role in the process – think natural wool, silk and cotton.
Although they are from our neighbouring island, Harman Grubiša should not simply be identified as New Zealand designers – the label is timeless, worldly and laced with longevity. That’s not to say that the motherland hasn’t inspired them – the duo take inspiration from the country’s wild landscape and urban sprawl, always using a mix of earthy and real tones with an edge of bright or clean and cold. The latest collection Rococo is a testament to this – think high-shine metallics, full-bodied satins, and a signature brocade interwoven throughout. The silhouettes are powerful, featuring fluted skirts and bias cuts that are classic to the core.
If your wardrobe could use a touch of timeless cool, you can shop Harman Grubiša online – they do ship here, thank goodness.
Image credit: Karen Inderbitzen-Waller and Delphine Avril Planqueel