T+L catches up with globe-trotting accessories designer Rosena Sammi—who shares the top places to shop in her childhood home.
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.