Miller et Bertaux Om eau de parfum at Tessuti—From the unique Parisian design house, this rich oriental is inspired by Bali – referenced in its heavenly blend of pepper, citrus, patchouli, violet, vanilla and amber – and named for the Sanskrit syllable mantra recited in Buddhist meditation. shop.tessuti.co.nz, Illustrated by Sarah Larnach
Te Miri and I first met at my flat in Wellington eight years ago, in the wee hours of the morning. He thought he was visiting a guy’s home with one of my friends, but when I opened the door – in my knickers – he realised ‘Bailey’ was in fact a female.
Tell us about your background and your brand…
My mother, Angela Wickstead, was a made-to-measure fashion designer, so it was always something that was part of my life. I grew up in New Zealand but when I was 14, we moved to Milan, which was the fashion hub of the world. From there, I went on to study fashion design and marketing at Central Saint Martins, and gained industry experience work- ing at Proenza Schouler, Narciso Rodriguez, and American Vogue. After I graduated, I launched my brand as a made-to-measure atelier and opened my first store in Belgravia. By creating a strong clientele base, I was able to develop the brand further and introduced ready-to-wear at London Fashion Week in 2012.
Dejan and I first met while at university 13 years ago and fell in love a couple of years later when we found ourselves in the same department, sitting at the same table every day. We’ve been together for over 11 years now and have experienced a lot together, including the birth of our little girl Emma, who we think is perfect.