Band’s little bit of Wonderland
Kim Band is currently freelancing in London. She was the Creative Director behind the award winning Glasson's (an N.Z. fast fashion brand). Lots of small design detail which I am sure the target demographic loves. I also liked her whimsical pitch for Trellise Cooper's on line presence. via behance.net
More on the go for Ko Ka Ko
New Zealand indie coffee brand with a loyal following, KoKaKo, has opened a good looking new cafe in a somewhat forgotten/dodgey spot on Great North Road. A brand that takes the road less travelled, from all accounts the locals are loving it. Serving up really good coffee, food and service in a great looking space, why wouldn't they be voting with their feet?! If you're living in, or lurking about, Auckland then head to 537 Great North Road Grey Lynn.
Oh! Ko Ka Ko
My mate Murphy keeps me posted on the Kiwi food scene. He just sent me some pics of his sustainable festive-season foodie gift boxes that he's shipping around NZ and over to Oz. He is such a nice young man I thought I'd share them with you. If you're a Kiwi living in Oz and haven't yet posted a pressie home, Mike will arrange to have a gift box of his organic coffee, hot chocolate, a limited edition tea towel and some organic sweet treats delivered to your family and friends in NZ. (BTW you don't have to be a Kiwi to order some organic KokaKo gift goodness). If you get in quick these boxes of limited edition yumminess can be flinging across the Tasman in time for the 25th (orders close Thursday 9th Dec for shipping outside NZ ). Friday 17th Dec is the cut off for gift goodies going to the North or South Island. Email Mike directly if you want to place an order, find out about shipping costs, or thank him personally for solving your last minute gift idea dilemma. email@example.com
This bird sings
My mate Murphy is the man behind the Kiwi coffee brand, KoKaKo. He sent me pics of the new pop up cafe he and his crew put together in 24 hours (and its taken me about 24 days to remember he sent them to me - soz about that). He's also put together some limited edition Tee's and a print that tells the KoKaKo coffee bean story. They're fun. Illustrated by Stephen Richardson, you can buy them through Parinto (free shipping anywhere around the globe). If you're in downtown Auckland then pop into this new pop up... find KokaKo on the corner of Wolfe & Federal Streets.
My friend Mike Murphy is the man behind the brand, the coffee roaster, the worm farm and the commitment to sustainability that is KoKaKo. Drop into the cafe for a great coffee and some gluten free goodness next time you are in Auckland. 492 Parnell Rd, Parnell www.kokako.co.nz
Note @ August 2010: Since listing this story in March, Mike has sold the Parnell Rd cafe. He has a new pop up espresso bar in downtown Auckland and continues to roast up a storm on the bean scene.