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About Fiona

 

 

Hello, I’m Fiona Ritchie.  

 

Since 2009 I have been designing and manufacturing beautiful, New Zealand inspired and Art Deco style, quality jewellery. In 2014, I learned leatherwork and now hand craft, custom made corporate ladies leathergoods and unique leather accessories. I work from my studio on our small farm in the Hunua Ranges, south of Auckland.

Jewellery

From humble beginnings as a market retailer at Takapuna market and Coatesville market in 2009, my Just Gorgeous jewellery is popular around New Zealand and was retailed by quality stores including the prestigious Smith & Caughey's stores, Kirkcaldie & Stains, and H & J Smith. My extensive Kiwiana Designer Collection was retailed by iconic tourism destination outlets including Rotorua's Te Puia, Waitangi's Treaty Grounds Gift Shop and Tourism Holding's Discover Waitomo. My jewellery designs also received coverage in the media.

 

 

Kiwiana Collection

 

January 2011 – Next magazine

 

 

 

September 2010 - New Zealand Fashion Week

 

I was invited by emerging fashion designer, Ana Hau, to provide the jewellery for her "Asian Antique Affair" collection as part of the Miramodo Show for New Zealand Fashion Week on 24 September 2010. Ana won the Miramodo Haute Couture Collection award in Wellington this year and I love her exquisite, feminine tailoring with rich fabrics and lace and feather detailing. I have provided a collection of black and bronze oversized pieces which work beautifully with Ana's designs.

       

 

 

 

Retro Jewellery

 

February 2012 – Diamond Frame Necklace in Fashion with FQ
(Fashion Quarterly Autumn 2012)

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

January 2012 – Diamond Frame Necklace in NZ Herald’s Viva

 

 

 

             

 

 

Jewellery Sellout

 

Like many other New Zealand designers, the retail recession and pressure of overseas imports has taken its toll. For this reason, I have retrained in leatherwork and am closing down the jewellery. Since last season, I have started selling out Just Gorgeous jewellery at clearance prices. I have many beautiful pieces in stock and have reduced my prices for a final clearance. It's such a shame as Just Gorgeous ladies continue to tell me that they receive lots of complements when they wear Just Gorgeous jewellery. Customers say where they have given one of my pieces as a gift, the lady receiving it has been absolutely delighted.

 

Stocks are now becoming limited, but I do hope you are able to find your favourite piece at a special price.

 

Leatherwork

 

There are very few leather workers in New Zealand. Low quality, leather pieces are mass produced overseas and sold in shopping mall kiosks and chain stores. They can have a "genuine leather" label on them, but only require a 10% leather content to be able to claim this. In 2014 I travelled overseas to learn some of the skills of leatherwork. Pattern making, cutting, dying, lining, hand stitching, designing, stamping, carving etc.. It's an exacting art with leather being expensive. I source distinctive, quality leather and apply my design skills to hand make unique quality pieces here in New Zealand.

 

 

WorkStyle Leather

 

 

 

I was a corporate marketing manager before I moved to Hunua. I used portfolios, diaries, travel wallets and other "tools" daily to organise my work life. I couldn't find these pieces in quality leather, and what was available was black, masculine or looked like a conference "giveaway". Nothing's changed since then.

 

I've designed Just Gorgeous' WorkStyle Leather. I hand make these pieces to order in a range of quality, limited edition leather, that are stylishly feminine, yet sophisticated and corporate.My custom made WorkStyle leather pieces have an added touch of class with personalised nameplates. These genuine leather pieces are corporate classics for use year after year.

 

JG Accessories

 

 

 

 

 

In my Just Gorgeous JG Accessories range, I have also made some fun and fashion pieces using different materials, like natural cow hide, and hand dyed leather. The belts and little triangle purses are unique and innovative and attract admiration and attention. The wallets and little triangle purses can be personalised with personalised nameplates (wallets) or hand stamped initials (little triangle purses)

       

 

 

 

Sparrowhawk Leather for Men

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have developed Sparrowhawk Leather range of leather goods for men. Some of these pieces have also been popular with ladies looking for hand dyed pieces in their choice of colour. Please visit www.sparrowhawkleather.co.nz.

       

 

 

www.sparrowhawkleather.co.nz

 

 

Thank you for your support. Best, Fiona