Making frequent jaunts back to India and New Zealand, New York–based Rosena Sammi creates jewelry for travelers like herself, who want pieces that look expensive but aren’t. It’s no wonder W Hotels sells her chic, travel-friendly line. Here is where Sammi finds design inspiration in Auckland.
Housed in a restored cinema, Royal Jewellery Studio (486 New North Rd.; 64-9/846-0200; royaljewellerystudio.com) sells the work of such local artisans as Benjamin Flynn, who uses Maori koru patterns in his hammered silver and gold rings.
The avant-garde World (97 Ponsonby Rd.; 64-9/378-0897; worldbrand.co.nz) is famous for its origami-inspired dresses; the less daring will find blazers and women’s 1940’s-style blouses.
For hats and hair accessories with a retro spin, stop by Natalie Chan (137 Parnell Rd.; 64-9/303-4930; nataliechan.co.nz)—even Lady Gaga has one of the designer’s one-off creations. Her pearl-and-feather motif is a standout.
At Flotsam & Jetsam (168 Richmond Rd.; 64-9/361-3831; flotsamandjetsam.co.nz), in the trendy Richmond area, you’ll find 1950’s French industrial Jieldé lamps and vintage tapestry pillows.