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The perfect Beach Bag + Towel Combo! November 16, 2016 00:58

We are excited to announce our collaboration with Towelling It! What does every kiwi need along with a great beach bag? The perfect beach towel of course.
Emma and Charlotte of Towelling It designed the perfect beach towel after being frustrated with their feet popping off the end or their heads, quite literally, in the sand with regular beach towels. Towelling It's supersized towels are extra-large, luxury beach towels for those seeking a more comfortable and enjoyable beach experience. New Zealand designed and made with thick, quality 100% cotton. The perfect gift for any beach lover, the towels feature a convenient pocket to place your phone or sunnies while you take a quick dip – Kiwi ingenuity at its finest!
Available in four funky designs. Reverse design on the flipside.
You can add a Towelling It towel to any order of a HOST beach bag for only $25 (RRP $45) making this the hottest Summer deal around.
See you at the beach!
Bindy & Jo x

The perfect Beach Bag + Towel Combo! November 16, 2016 00:58

We are excited to announce our collaboration with Towelling It! What does every kiwi need along with a great beach bag? The perfect beach towel of course.
Emma and Charlotte of Towelling It designed the perfect beach towel after being frustrated with their feet popping off the end or their heads, quite literally, in the sand with regular beach towels. Towelling It's supersized towels are extra-large, luxury beach towels for those seeking a more comfortable and enjoyable beach experience. New Zealand designed and made with thick, quality 100% cotton. The perfect gift for any beach lover, the towels feature a convenient pocket to place your phone or sunnies while you take a quick dip – Kiwi ingenuity at its finest!
Available in four funky designs. Reverse design on the flipside.
You can add a Towelling It towel to any order of a HOST beach bag for only $25 (RRP $45) making this the hottest Summer deal around.
See you at the beach!
Bindy & Jo x

DIVA Collection - A pre-order offer just for you! November 03, 2016 03:07

We have an exciting new offer just for you on the TILE hand bag and STATUS tote bag from Smateria'a DIVA Collection. Click here to see more details.


Smateria: Cambodia to Wellington June 26, 2016 10:34

We've been travelling lately, from Phnom Penh Cambodia last month to Wellington this coming weekend.  You can read more in our latest newsletter!

 

Bindy & Jo


World Famous in New Zealand May 13, 2016 14:30

We are so excited to be part of travel and lifestyle blog Little Fish.  

If you need some travel inspiration, or fabulous new discoveries look now further than here!  A perfect read with the weekend just around the corner.  

Bindy & Jo


Who made your bag? April 24, 2016 17:30

This week is Fashion Revolution Week.  It aims to bring people from all over the world together to use the power of fashion to change the story for the people who make the world’s clothes and accessories.  

“We are a team” says Kosal Yuen, who works for Smateria.  “Most employers just want you to make as many [things] as you can, but Jennifer and Elisa are different.  They think about the staff” she says.  Smateria’s approach is simple - treat employees well, a right most of us take for granted but which is all too rare in Cambodia’s manufacturing scene.  

Smateria’s employees go through a non-discriminatory application process, they enjoy comfortable working conditions, an annual one-month bonus, health insurance, professional training for production managers and pattern makers and the freedom to train across the whole organization. And of course, there’s the free childcare and education at the preschool.

Smateria employs two teachers and two teaching assistants to run the on-site preschool for the employees’ children.  This ensures the children are well cared for while their parent(s) are working and they are able to get a head start on their education which Cambodian’s do not usually have access to, as there is no government funded early childhood education in Cambodia. 

While Kosal’s own daughter is now too old for the preschool, she says the provision of one has been meaningful for others.  “In Cambodia most women need to take care of kids and it means we can’t work.  Here the kids have teachers, they play and they learn.  We can see them in our lunchbreak.  We don’t worry about our kids.  I love the way they did this for us.” 

Kosal’s story is a happy one.  She joined Smateria as a supervisor of one store almost 5 years ago and now manages Smateria’s retail stores and consignment relationships in Phnom Penh.

“I feel secure now I work with Smateria” says Kosal.  “We used to live with my mother, but now my husband and I can afford our own place.  I have to travel an hour to work every day, but I don’t mind.  I’m happy as we have our own home and my daughter can go to a good school.”

Kosal is passionate about the products Smateria creates. “When I first came [to Smateria] I saw they were making bags out of this” she says, running her hands across the repurposed netting that is a feature of all Smateria’s bags and accessories. The nylon netting produced in Southeast Asia is usually used for fishing nets, mosquito nets and construction projects. “Cambodian’s grow up seeing the netting everywhere.  I thought ‘how can you use this to make bags?’  And then I saw what they do and I fell in love with the bags.” 

“And I love my job.  I want to stay for a long time.”


Summer 2016 Newsletter April 13, 2016 14:41

It's the end of the Antipodean Summer and we have it all in the bag!  Click here for our latest newsletter.

 Bindy & Jo


We're going to the St Heliers School Christmas Market! November 30, 2015 05:18

Smateria New Zealand is embracing the silly season and has a crazy schedule planned for the next few weeks!  

We can't wait to be part of the St Heliers Christmas Market in Auckland on Thursday, 3 December 2015 from 6pm - 9pm in the School Hall.  If you haven't begun your Christmas shopping, or are looking for those hard to find gifts, this is the event for you.

Christmas is a time to think of those other than ourselves, and so what better gift than a Smateria bag - good for the environment and created with a social conscience.  We have a bag for everyone, no matter what the occasion.

We can't wait to see you there!

Bindy & Jo x

 


Smateria is going to The High Tea Party November 20, 2015 17:37

We are delighted to be part of the exclusive The High Tea Party, on Saturday 28 November and Sunday 29 November, at the Langham in Auckland!

The High Tea Party is an Australian event that is new to New Zealand.  It has partnered with the Langham Hotel to create the ultimate high tea experience, with a beautiful high tea, a glass of complimentary sparkling wine, and exclusive shopping with fantastic offers including a complimentary mini manicure or hand massage and a fashion parade during each high tea sitting.  

At the end of the fashion parade our very own Bindy will be presenting the Smateria Story, telling you how we make bags, purses and accessories using only re-purposed, up-cycled or recycled materials, including fishing net, plastic shopping bags and leather offcuts from a sofa manufacturer!  

We are offering all those who attend a 10% off voucher to use on any Smateria purchases made on the day, and a further 10% off any purchases made on our website up until 20 December 2015.  

Book your ticket for a fun day out and the chance to enjoy these great deals - and more!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Bindy & Jo


Smateria is off to the Piako Fete! November 12, 2015 19:46

We are very excited to be part of the Piako Fete next Thursday, 19 November from 10am-3pm!

The Piako Fete is the ultimate ladies day out!  Grab some friends and come along and enjoy a day shopping with the specially selected retailers, live music, and great food.  

The Piako Fete will be at Dalton's Plantation, one of the Waikato's most unique event venues with gardens designed by award winning Xanthe White and Judith Dalton.

We will have our new selection bags to show you, plus our favourite styles in bright, and bold new colours.  And we know you like a good deal, so we are bringing our Spring Sale bags too! 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Bindy & Jo

 

 


Smateria is out and about - Victoria Park Market, Auckland November 10, 2015 22:24

Auckland’s legendary outdoor market has returned!  And Smateria NZ has been invited to be a part of it this Saturday, 14 November 2015.  

Whether you have been to the Victoria Park Market before, or you are new to this vibrant Auckland artisan market, you should get along to see the beautiful range of locally produced products and authentic local goods from around the world. It is a place for everyone to meet, engage and enjoy a day of entertainment and shopping.

Smateria NZ will be showcasing it's 2016 Collection, along with our favourite styles in some great new colours.  We'll even have some of our remaining Spring Sale items on hand, so if you like a bargain, come along quick! 

See you this weekend.

Bindy & Jo


Smateria NZ published in Elements Magazine! November 02, 2015 16:19

We were excited to be published in Elements Magazine last week!  

This innovative publication aims to inspire and guide Kiwis to transform New Zealand into the healthiest, most liveable, eco-friendly and sustainable destination on the planet. Smateria fits this ethos with its environmentally friendly and socially conscious created bags and accessories.

If you missed the article, we have a copy here for you. 

Bindy & Jo

 


Smateria Spring Sale! October 27, 2015 03:55

It is time to say farewell to cool Winter days - as Spring is finally here!  

We have been enjoying the change of season after such a cold winter.  And who doesn't love seeing the fresh blooms, green rolling hills and the new lambs and calves at this time of year.

There are new beginnings here at Smateria NZ too!  As you may have seen from our Facebook posts last week, we have launched the Smateria 2016 collection.  There are a lot of great new styles plus some old favourites that we decided to introduce in hot new colours.  

With the arrival of the new collection we decided to do some spring cleaning and are having a SPRING SALE! There are some great deals - but only while stock lasts!  

Happy shopping.

Bindy & Jo

 

 


Welcome to our new stockists! October 22, 2015 10:57

Smateria NZ is excited to announce that Style X Lab in Tauranga, Outback Surf in Pauanui, Lee-James Footwear in Havelock North, Tsunami Curl in Te Kuiti, Footloose in Bethlehem, Beauty & Beyond in Invercargill, Tresjoli in Geraldine, Repertoire in Mt Maunganui and Hammer Hardware in Riverton are NOW stocking Smateria bags!

Each of these retailers has a great selection of bags to show you, so head along to your closest store and take a look.  They'll have a Smateria bag perfect for your summer wardrobe.

And if you live a little further away from these retailers, just take a look at our website. Our new bags from the Smateria 2016 collection have arrived and are displayed on the website.  Plus we have added some old favourites in great new colours ... they are all so gorgeous it was hard to resist!

Remember, happiness is a new handbag!

Bindy & Jo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Smateria New Zealand is in the news! October 05, 2015 17:01

We want to say a huge thank you to NZ Business Magazine for printing Smateria NZ's story in the October 2015 edition.  

NZ Business is a magazine that was developed for business owners, operators and managers.  In other words,  those who wear a lot of hats to run their business, much like we do here at Smateria NZ.  

We kiwis are an innovative lot and it inspires, informs and challenges us to read quality articles about how our peers run their businesses, so we can reflect on how we run ours - so we can improve things for you, our customer.  

We are proud to be have been included in the line up that NZ Business magazine profiles! 

Bindy & Jo

 


Smateria NZ supports the ALL BLACKS! September 21, 2015 14:17

New Zealand has gone rugby mad this Rugby World Cup!

It was an exciting opening weekend of rugby with some upsets, enthusiastic crowds and a win for Richie and the boys.  Congratulations to the All Blacks! 

To help you show your support this Rugby World Cup we are offering you 20% off any of our bags in BLACK this week. 

Buy now and show your support for the All Blacks!

Bindy & Jo

 


Smateria at the Spring Gift & Homeware Fair! August 27, 2015 02:05

Smateria New Zealand is part of the Spring Gift & Homeware Fair this Sunday at the ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland. 

This event is a trade only show where retailers can view and order the latest product lines in one place, at one time.

Smateria will be showcasing its current range of bags and accessories as well as giving you a sneak peak at our 2016 collection.  The 2016 collection launches next month and we are offering our New Zealand clientele the opportunity to order it now. It is time to stock the shelves for summer!

We are part of the sustainable fashion movement, an important choice for consumers everywhere.  Smateria has a unique philosophy, creating bags and accessories using materials that already exist or that have been designed for another purpose using fair work and trade practices.  You can look good without being wasteful. 

Bindy & Jo


Bag of the Week - The WIRE August 26, 2015 18:01

Our Bag of the Week is the WIRE handbag!  

The barrel shaped WIRE from Smateria's USENET collection gives you a fun yet functional way to carry those things you need everyday.  It comes in two sizes so you can choose the size that is best for you.  I have the larger size and it fits my laptop (in a Smateria TECH SLEEVE of course!) and so it doubles as my workbag. 

The shoulder strap and short handles give you two comfortable carrying options. 

Choose the WIRE this week and get 15% off! 

Smateria, a bag for every occasion.

Jo


Bag of the week - TECH SLEEVE August 20, 2015 03:22

Our Bag of the Week is the TECH SLEEVE

The padded TECH SLEEVE range by Smateria gives you a fun yet functional way to protect your iPad, tablet or laptop. Just load your iPad, tablet or laptop into the padded sleeve and place it in your handbag, tote or laptop bag and you are ready to go. 

Choose from our great range of sizes and colours this week and get 20% off.  There is something for everyone.

Bindy & Jo

 

 


Free postage on orders over $100! August 06, 2015 02:40

We now offer free postage anywhere in New Zealand for all orders over $100!

We know you would like free postage and packaging for all orders and so we will offer it as part of a promotion from time-to-time. We did consider offering it all the time, but then the costs would have to be absorbed elsewhere (i.e. the price of the Smateria Products going up, which wouldn't be popular either!).

‘Like’ us on our facebook page ‘Smateria New Zealand’ so you are in the loop on future free-postage promotions!

Bindy & Jo


Smateria is out and about - Little Big Market, Mt Maunganui July 29, 2015 00:29

We're looking forward to joining the folks from the Little Big Market at Mt Maunganui on Saturday, 1 August from 9am!  

The Little Big Market will have its usual amazing line up of producers and artisans selling food and hand crafted products, as well as great music.  

And Smateria NZ will be there with our brightly hued bags and accessories.  Made from netting, fabric and recycled plastic bags, our bags are perfect for this beach side spot.  Our range includes handbags, totes, pouches, kids back packs and travel bags so take this chance to get your Smateria bag.  

Don't forget to ask us about our Bag of the Day and our #smateriastyle Photo Competition!

See you there!

Bindy & Jo x


Bag of the Week - The HOST July 28, 2015 22:14

Our Bag of the Week is the HOST tote bag! 

An all purpose tote bag that is perfect for groceries, library books and trips to the beach.  There is an inside pocket with a zipper and a tie close to keep your valuables secure.   

I love my HOST tote in sunny yellow.  It is a winning beach bag - roomy enough to carry the kids' togs, towels, water bottles and snacks.  And water resistant enough to carry them home again at the end of the day!

Buy now and enjoy 10% off! 

Bindy x

 

 

 


Smateria is out and about - Ostend Market 11 July! July 01, 2015 11:32

We are excited to announce that Smateria New Zealand will be part of the Ostend Market on Saturday, 11 July 2015 from 7.30am. 

There will be over food, produce, arts, crafts - and our gorgeous range of environmentally friendly Smateria bags and accessories! 

If you have been waiting to 'see' our bags rather than shopping on-line, here is your chance.

See you there!

Bindy & Jo x


Bag of the Week - PASCAL July 01, 2015 11:25

Our Bag of the Week is the PASCAL.

The PASCAL is from our USENET collection.  It is made from repurposed mosquito netting and has a long canvas shoulder strap so you can be hands free.  It has two open pockets and a zip pocket inside and a snap hook for your keys.  One pocket with zipper on the outside.

Great for travelling or for heading out and about with the kids this school holidays.  I took mine when the kids and I went scooting last weekend!   

Buy now and enjoy 10% off! 

Bindy & Jo x

 

 




Recycled Bags and Repurposed Bags, Available in New Zealand

Smateria's range of recycled and repurposed bags and accessories are Italian designed and handmade by Cambodian artisans using repurposed materials such as netting, vinyl and leather, and recycled plastic shopping bags. Smateria creates Hand Bags, Tote Bags, Laptop Bags, Ipad Sleeves, Travel Bags & Pouches, and Swim Bags. Made for New Zealanders who love fashion with a social conscience.