blakchaos – ponsonby
What happens when you combine two Tauranga-based designers, a slick monochrome aesethic, a piece of lighting art, beautiful footwear, gorgeous clothing and a health smattering of copper and marble accents? You get Bec Anderson and Teresa Hodges new collaborative store BLAKCHAOS opening in Auckland as part of Lot 3 Ponsonby.
I got to see the space before it opened, when the space was all white and perfect – with no-one in it. You feel like you could move in and live there it is so beautiful – you don’t want to leave. Filled with Chaos and Harmony’s shoes and BLAK’s slick, feminine clothing it all fits as beautifully together as their Mt Maunganui store that opened a little over a year ago. That the two brands fit so well together while retaining their integrity is a testament to the how well Hodges and Anderson work together. The fit out was overseen by them, and is a continuation of their first store with the same light minimal industrially finished detailing. To get exactly the look they wanted Bec Anderson scoured junk yards for copper to be turned into the neat concise plinths that showcase the shoes. This was beautiful set off by the Blu Dot Real Good Copper Chair. With copper an accent in Anderson’s Hummingbird-inspired SS2015 range – it just shines against the monochrome palette. “Each brand has a defined space within the store as well as shared spaces, which showcase our work together to show how a complete look can be styled”, says Anderson
The two have obviously enjoyed the process with both of them there working right up til the last moment to make sure every details was just how they had envisioned. “It has been very exciting to work on a blank canvas and plan every detail, right down to the flooring and the custom pieces we’ve had made”, says Hodges. Her three lines Blak Luxe, Blak Love and Blak Basics intersect as perfect feminine summer wear.
The store features the full collections of both brands as well as Lovesick – the rebellious younger sister to Chaos & Harmony with its great range of sneakers.
The store is now open.
All photographs by Michelle Weir of Studio Weir