Newsletter Articles Archive December: New Businesses

Lost and Led Astray - Fashion in K' Road

Sarah-Jane Duff may have just opened the doors to her first store on K' Road but she is no stranger to the street.

Indeed Sarah-Jane started her fashion label Lost and Led Astray (LaLA) in the flat bedroom above the army surplus store in 2014. She then moved to a studio in La Gonda Building where she was surrounded by other designers.

“That was great because we shared contacts and information and helped each other."

Early December Sarah-Jane moved again, this time opening her own shop LaLA at 482 K' Road.

“I always wanted a store, so when this came up I grabbed the opportunity to have a shop and live upstairs."

Sarah-Jane designs plus-size female garments, a niche label she set up after struggling to find garments that fitted her aesthetic, as well as her body. All LaLA garments are manufactured locally and made from natural and/or eco-conscious fibres.

She sees K' Road as a great fit for her fashion label because of the diversity it embraces.

“Plus size is about diversity and K' Road is too so I liked the idea of bringing another aspect of diversity to the street."

Sarah-Jane also runs Fat Yoga from a Ponsonby Road location, a programme she started because she wanted to do yoga in a non-judgemental setting.

Haka Hotel attracts millennials

Haka Hotel is now open for business! On 7 December the hotel formally opened after an unofficial opening of some of the floors a couple of weeks earlier.

KBA precinct manager Michael Richardson says Haka Hotel is a great addition to K' Road. “It compliments Haka Lodge and will attract even more millennial travellers into the area."

The hotel has 62 rooms across 11 floors offering style-led affordable luxury with epic views of the harbor, says founder Ryan Sanders. “Our market is millennial travellers – and any person who wants to be in the heart of the best neighbourhood in Auckland!"

His Haka brand covers adventure and educational tours as well as accommodation. Read more about Ryan and his development of the Haka brand in this recent NZ Herald Business article.

Strange Haven - 281 K' Road

Although not technically 'new' because they have been around since earlier this year, these guys are so cool we thought we had to give them a shout out!

Strange Haven is a self-described workspace, venue and clubhouse for community happenings. According to their website, the organisers wanted “…to create a space, which is safe, thoughtful and accessible to all. Our doors are always open for community meetings, discussions, hangs, good people."

The space includes an open studio, small private room and “back dungeon" and can be used as a venue as well as a work space. Some people with seriously cool projects are constantly popping in and out of the doors, so watch this space for exciting things to come