NZ made for NZ weather – Okewa Rainwear










Ah windy Wellington, I personally love your crazy gusts and horizontal rain. Yeah summer, you’re awesome and everything, but sometimes I wish for it to rain. There, I said it.
I know at least two people who feel the same way. Nevada Leckie and her husband Nick. They’re the designers behind Okewa, the best looking rainwear you’ve ever seen. At the time they conceived Okewa (which means big grey raincloud in Maori), Nevada was working in the fashion industry, getting around Wellington city by foot. She tried to find a coat that was both well made and beautifully classic, something that would look just as good as the outfits she was trying to protect from the rain. When she couldn’t find it, she enlisted husband’s Nick’s help (and his architect’s eye) and together, they designed their own.
Okewa got off the ground thanks to Kickstarter crowdfunding, making the first production run happen and seeing coats sent to over 20 countries around the world. As you can see from these pics (of Nevada and Nick out at Makara Beach recently, modelling a couple of Okewa styles especially for Fancy) the coats are the perfect simplicity-is-the-ultimate-sophistication. In classic colours including charcoal, military olive and dark ink, an Okewa coat is that one amazing coat you have for virtually your whole life, so well made and considered in its design that it looks as current in 20 years as it does today. For Nevada and Nick, it’s about longer-term, more thoughtful fashion consumption. Buy once, buy better.
Each coat is cut from very lightweight (great for travelling), technical two-layer Japanese fabric and made entirely here in New Zealand by a family-run manufacturer. If you’d like to see all the little details, there’s plenty of imagery on their website. They ship their coats right around the world, to anywhere people want to stay looking sharp when the heavens open.
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Photography by Wellington’s
Tim Kelly and Nadine Ellen

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