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Kathryn Wilson

Kathryn Wilson has established herself as New Zealand's premier footwear designer in just over a decade, growing from a fledgling designer to becoming an influential business woman with a brand that is in constantly high demand.

After graduating from Massey University and winning an AMP Scholarship, Kathryn honed her design skills and set about creating her own line of footwear. In 2003 Kathryn Wilson the label was born. Kathryn Wilson has emerged as one of the fastest-growing fashion brands in New Zealand. Stocked in over 100 local boutiques and with an ever-growing online market, the label is on the front foot in the fashion industry.

In 2011 opened her first retail store in the form of a pop-up shoe box that travelled New Zealand, this was later joined by a stand-alone store in Auckland's bustling Britomart precinct, and has since grown to three retail boutiques in Britomart, Herne Bay and Newmarket.

Her acute business acumen has also meant Kathryn is in demand as a leader and brand ambassador, garnering the attention of global brands Volvo, Veuve Clicquot, Samsung, Nespresso, Dermalogica and Vodafone to become long-term supporters of herself and the brand.

Locally, Kathryn has remained a driving force in fashion, hosting a New Zealand first exclusive footwear runway show at New Zealand Fashion Week in 2010, followed by a huge social media-driven show at the same event in 2011, which saw over 2,500 people attend.

Kathryn Wilson has supported the Ronald McDonald House charity as an ambassador since 2012 and has helped to raise funds and awareness over the years with various projects and events. Ticket sales from annual catwalk events include a donation to RMH along with a percentage of online sales during the campaign appeal week.

Kathryn Wilson footwear takes its ethical and social responsibilities of our suppliers, our clients and the environment seriously. We are committed to upholding enjoyable and fair working conditions as a wholesaler, retailer and employer and ensure that our supply chain adheres to our legal, moral and ethical standards.

We ensure that all products we produce and purchase through third party contractors come from ethical sources and have a range of measures in place that form our responsible sourcing guidelines.  These supplier relationships are long-standing from 4-12 years producing our beautiful shoes for us and are constantly striving to better their workplace and their processes . All employees of Kathryn Wilson footwear, or agents working for us locally and internationally must comply with our guidelines for ethical practice at all times. 

Work conducted for Kathryn Wilson footwear cannot be subcontracted to another supplier. To ensure this every production run is checked both during manufacturing and at the time of shipping to ensure compliance as part of our quality assurance process. Kathryn and her team conduct bi-annual visits and inspections of the facilities and working conditions for all suppliers. 

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Newmarket Business Awards Best Use of Social Media Finalist, 2018

Newmarket Business Awards Employer of the Year, 2016

Next Magazine Woman of the Year Finalist, 2015

ANZ Young Business Person of the Year, 2015

Metro NZ Best Shoe Shop, 2014

Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Award, 2014

Massey University Distinguished Alumni Award, 2014

Metro NZ Best Shoe Store, 2013

NZ Sunday Star Times Best Shoe of the Year, 2013

Metro NZ Best Shoe Designer, 2008

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