Kate Sylvester to close business

After 31 great years Wayne Conway and Kate Sylvester have decided that it is time to bow out.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ They will sell their final-ever Summer 24 collection, business-as-usual, and will wind their business up in mid 2025.

"We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved. Thank you to our customers for embracing our vision and making us the iconic NZ brand we have become.

"It has been our honour and privilege to create clothes worn and loved by multiple generations of women both everyday and for the most important moments in their livesWe have created epoch-defining, memorable shows, campaigns and collections on both sides of the Tasman.

"Along the way we have brought others with us, mentoring and working beside some incredibly talented people, many of whom have gone on to become big names in the industry themselves.

"We started this company with literally nothing more than wild faith in each other and a dream to create clothes that people would wear and love. Since the day we opened the doors on that first store in Kitchener Street we have worked incredibly hard for three decades.

"And now we need to move on to a new chapter in our lives. Fashion is all about change, something we’ve never feared and always embraced. We want to go out the way we came into this business, still loving what we do and being truly happy to do it.

"We acknowledge and thank all our customers who have supported us all these years and most of all we thank our super-amazing team at Kate Sylvester. In the stores, behind the scenes, in everything that we do, it has been the people we have worked with who have kept us on this journey."

"We believe in the talent of the new generation of NZ designers, it’s your time to shine now."

Kate Sylvester & Wayne Conway
Founders & Directors


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Published: April 2024