There is a mantra at Cloud Nine Creative: design with honesty, thoughtfulness and a feelgood factor. When entering Cloud Nine designer Lee Sinclair’s home in Rangiora – which she shares with partner Peter Butcher and their baby son, Jack – it is clear this philosophy applies not only to her business but her home, too. Read More
Her wonderfully bright an contemporary space is eclectically littered with curios and bespoke ceramic dishes by her friend Yon Kavaas. We loved seeing Del in her element among the precious metals and stones chatting about how Covid has effected her life and those of her children. The family recently had the opportunity to get away to the South Island which no doubt helped to shake off the anxiety. Read More
Nicky Cliff is the wonderful jeweller behind our Lily Griffin brand...named after her two gorgeous children Lily and Griffin. We are thrilled to exclusively release her new Southern Skies range to the public and think these pieces will become heirlooms for the future. Read More
Anoint Skincare are here to help at this very important time of the year. Right now is the best time to start thinking about your overseas family and friends when sending Christmas gifts...yikes! We know it seems a bit early but if you get in now you will avoid the queues and manage to get your gift off with enough time that it will actually arrive before not after that crucial date. Read More
If we greet our friends and whanau with words of aroha on a whim, if we close our gatherings with a whakatauki of special meaning to us. If we do all or any of these things just once a day we keep te reo Maori alive, evolving and a part of our collective identity as people of Aotearoa. Read More
“We take pride in creating new ways to share our unique view of the world, honoring our Maori, Pacific and English heritage.” Richie and Adele have been with us here at Creative and Brave for years now and we adore them! Their positive philosophies and attention to detail are evident in their beautiful hand made pieces. They believe that we can all make positive changes to the world by the choices we make every day. Read More
We are thrilled to have this talented young lady on board at Creative & Brave. Like many of our artists she is based in Aucklands Waitakere, a beautiful and inspiring place to live for any artist with a passion for capturing our native birds. Read More
Our ever popular West Coast artist Irina Velman is joined by a new addition to our whanau, Julian Hindson. Julian is also from Auckland so we are super chuffed to be supporting a couple of Aucklanders like us emerging from the undergrowth of level 3! Enjoy these gorgeous new works. Read More
Over the 30 years we have been in business we have supported many of Aotearoa's most talented and unique jewellers. Nick Von K certainly fits into this category, so you can imagine our delight when we had the chance to release his Huia range exclusively ... Read More
This year we have decided to focus on some of our most distinguished endemic creatures. First up has to be the Huia bird. Its almost mythical legacy is one of nobility and loss. For those you who have not heard of the history of this beautiful and now extinct bird we present this wonderfully told tale by Michael Szabo. Read More
Former accountant Belinda Fergusson talks to the NZ Herald about buying into a small retail chain, the risks around having your business tied into your house and negotiating rent relief with landlords from the first round of lockdown.
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Creative & Brave is made up of six Auckland retail stores and an online store and we consider ourselves part of a little ecosystem representing more than 100 artists, jewellers, ceramicists and designers as we sell their Kiwi-made products....
We have always felt that Texan Art Schools was a bit confusing for our customers, especially those just getting to know us; what did we have to do with Texas or Texans?!? Were we a school?? Or did we sell art supplies??
However, it wasn't easy to find a new name for such an iconic business that's been around for so long, we really wanted to find the right name...