Tiffany Jeans – Ngāpuhi
Tiffany Jeans has lived a unique life. Born into a family of strong, creative women, and an uncle she believed was a warrior, she grew up immersed in Maori culture. Her memories are of taonga celebrated for their simplicity as much as their complexity, and the discovery of a rich heritage that looked beyond the mundane.
As a young adult, she realised her uncle was a bone carver, not a warrior. She learnt that her nana, her aunties and her mother were skilled craftswomen as well as cherished protectors. But she has always retained a fascination for the wonder and mystery she felt in her youth. Her celebration of the interesting and uncommon gave birth to her brand.
As an adult, Jeans has enjoyed award-winning success in fashion and advertising. But it was during her wedding to film director Andrew Morton that she realised her desire to create. She crafted a series of hand-cast skull candles for each guest, individually wrapped in tulle. This labour of love, this celebration of making and giving, proved irresistible. From it grew a range of bespoke perfumes, candles and fine crafted curios.
In Tiffany’s products you will find a celebration of fine craft, the uncommon, and days of old. Experiencing them, you may share in her wonder at the beauty of biology, and through them Tiffany’s heritage is passed on, her gift to you.
76A Ponsonby Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand
Curionoir produce handcrafted candles and essential parfums for both skin and space. Situated in an original turn-of-the-century building on Auckland’s historic Ponsonby Road, Tiffany Jeans’ flagship is dark and enveloping – limiting senses of sight and touch while heightening olfaction.
The 40sqm space showcases Curionoir’s hand-poured candles, hard soaps, and parfums in an illuminated apothecary-style wall display of stained walnut and aged brass. A large monolithic point of sale, hand-carved by Jeans’ family, centres the store and provides customers space to test and compare fragrance notes around a large cast bronze vessel. This experience is complimented by a selection of notable European mid-century designs by Pierre Jeanneret and Serge Mouille.
The Curionoir flagship has a strong connection to history and speaks to a heritage of makers and craftspeople – evidenced by Jeans’ commitment to producing distinctive and strangely opulent products in a high-end market. The space is one in which surfaces are rich and highly crafted creating a design language that is communicated through the senses.
For further information check out their website – www.curionoir.com.