Shop for Summer

Meet the fly fashion retailers of the city providing quality pieces that will endure every summer to come.

Close up of street shoes

Christchurch & Canterbury


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when the knitwear goes away for a six-month hibernation and you can stop factoring long johns into every ‘going out’ outfit. The only problem now is that you’re in the spotlight of the sunshine – and there’s no hiding away under your favourite woollies. It’s a good thing we’ve got friends in high-fashion places. Read on and meet the fly fashion retailers of the city providing quality pieces that will endure every summer to come.

Embassy and Stencil for streetwear needs.

Embassy & Stencil – Streetwear Essentials

451 Colombo Street (Embassy) The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street / 227a High Street (Stencil)

Togs, togs, togs…undies? Even though it’s summer, not everywhere is completely appropriate for showing more skin than not – so let’s get you covered up in some fundamental staples. Stock up on apparel that reflects the quintessential Kiwi summer of laid-back days at the beach and in the backyard. The best range of designer streetwear can be found on the racks of Stencil and Embassy. Located at both The Colombo and in an alcove down High Street, Stencil has been providing cool basics for both women and men since 2002. Browse their selection of classic street brands, like Nike, Adidas and Puma, or louder contemporary collections from Thing Thing, Huffer and Federation. Embassy is hugely popular with the sliders and grinders about town – but if you don’t know a heel flip from an ollie, this independent skate-shop has everyday threads supplied by over 50 New Zealand and international brands to surf through.

Ruby at The Crossing - Accessories

The Crossing

Accessorise and shine with a trip to Ruby’s elegant store at The Crossing, where you’ll find plenty of glitzy goods to dress your ten digits, neckline and lobes in. Peek into the cabinet window and take your pick from an extensive range of trinkets, including timeless studs and pendants, modern chokers and statement rings that will stop traffic. Whether for everyday wear or the event of the season, Ruby’s exclusive jewellery collection has something for everyone to take a fancy to.

Head Over Heels - Shoes and Sunnies

250 High Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch
Christchurch & Canterbury

One foot inside Head Over Heels validates everything Carrie Bradshaw ever said about the inimitable power of a new pair of shoes. The High Street’s supply of kicks seems never-ending, covering the entire store in foot to toe. Heels handcrafted in every colour, style and height will take you one foot at a time through a summer of weddings and special gatherings. However, those sticking to the streets, seasides and barbecue gatherings will find comfort in easy-going sneakers, sandals and brogues. With the bottom end sorted, cast your eyes to Head Over Heel’s selection of Valley Eyewear to pop in your beach sack or chuck on for those dusty morning afters (you know the ones).

Infinite Definite - Bags

246 High Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch
Christchurch & Canterbury

Going somewhere? Well-seasoned day-trippers know the importance of a practical bag to hold every provision – while looking hella good too. Ask the team at Infinite Definite and they’ll tell you the very same thing. The local, independent and family-owned fashion store is based on High Street, just next-door to their mates at Head Over Heels. An assortment of high-quality backpacks and duffle bags (with zips and clicks in all the right places) are well-suited to one-day hikes and weekend trips to the bach or camping site. Take away a handy tote to keep all your slip, slop, slap and wrap requirements inside (we’re all about their neat 10-year anniversary tote featuring cartoons of every staff member to have ever worked at the local retail business). Festival goers should grab a smart, compact accessory bag to hold important bits in and glampers will find the store’s designer range of Yu Mei and Harry & Co handbags rather tempting.