It all started with a trip to Bali and a little red dress...
Back in 1991 I expanded my horizons beyond my home of New Zealand and ventured off to Bali on my OE. Immersed in such a beautiful, diverse and vibrant culture I fell in love with Bali instantly. The people, the creativity and of course its tropical oasis was something that inspired me then, and continues to now.
Embellish started with humble beginnings back in 2012 as a stall at the Farmers Market in Kerikeri, where I sold handmade jewellery. That same year I decided to open up a small store in the centre of Kerikeri tucked down a little alley way.
As Bali left such fond memories I wanted to share this special place with both my son Jamie and daughter Summer so I took them back in 2013. It was on this trip that I purchased what is known as 'the little red dress'. Friends and strangers would constantly ask where this red dress came from after I arrived back. Due to this in 2015 I decided to jump on a plane with my daughter as my accomplice and venture back to Bali where we had some dresses manufactured and brought them home to sell in my little store in Kerikeri.
In 2016 we travelled back to Bali and it didn't take long for Derek to fall in love with this coastal paradise again too. In between surfing, relaxing at the beach and enjoying a cold Bintang we'd be out treasure hunting the streets connecting with talented craftsmen. Those of whom we now consider dear friends. It was on this first trip together that we made our first small shipment of home decor. Then soon after this became a full container load and we took the plunge and expanded into our Kerikeri store on Cobham Road.
The Paihia store was our next big step, and in 2018 after a store I'd always had my eye on became available we opened Embellish on Williams Street.
Fast forward to 2020, my daughter and I stumbled across a fantastic premise in Whangarei. This we managed to secure and we now operate our third store on Rathbone Street.
Recently we have also just secured a new space in Whangarei, our Embellish HQ. For now, it will be our photographic studio, showroom and office. But we do have plans to open a new store full of our beautiful home decor down the track. So definitely watch this space!
We now proudly stock a range of high fashion brands as well as continuing to source the perfect home decor additions.
Embellish, you, your mini, your hubby or your home. We have grown to incorporate a little bit of everything for everyone in our three main stores in Northland. Each store captures something different and we highly recommend visiting them all. I may be biased but my team are absolutely awesome and they'd love to meet you too!
But in the meantime, we've created this website to encapsulate them all in one place, online.
So there it is, our story. You'll find me or Derek driving trusty 'Stan the delivery van' between all three stores. I continue to work in store a couple of days a week and the rest of time its behind the scenes operations, ordering etc for three stores. When we're both not working you'll find both of us escaping to our beloved Bach in Ahipara.
Thank you for reading our story and thank you so much for your customer support. It does really mean the world to us!