This week we invite you to meet Georgina, the delightfully beguiling Store Manager of our new Lounge at Commercial Bay. You may call her George, as all her friends do. With a passion for photography, film and food, she’s a woman after our own hearts - and one with exceptional taste. We discussed her enviable style, knitting pursuits, and the blissful anonymity of moving to a big(ish) city.

A fact immediately evident when perusing George’s instagram is her penchant for photography that captures the world around her exactly as it appears. She’s adept at finding beauty in the ordinarily prosaic and pedestrian subject matter of dilapidated houses and overgrown hedges. Fittingly, her most prized images from a recent holiday in Hawaii portray such subjects - sunburnt old cars and a giant San Pedro cactus creeping its way through a rusty wire fence - through a lens of delicacy and thoughtfulness. They are a welcome reprieve from the oversaturated tourist-brochure renditions of glistening beaches and silhouetted palm trees.

George cites Adrienne Salinger as her favourite photographer, an artist famous for her 1995 series documenting teenagers in their bedrooms. It becomes clear from where she draws inspiration and a desire to capture the actual realities of life, just as Salinger did with American adolescents. This series was a reaction against the high-caloric, sugar-coated norms portrayed in media of the 90s such as Beverly Hills 90210 and while emerging in a pre-internet, pre-reality TV world, the photo series has maintained relevance today for its ability to translate themes of identity, self concept and universal experience. As testament to this continued relevance, George first became familiar with the images on Tumblr, where users construct identity through signifiers of youth, desires and interests in the way that young adults of the 90s would express through the decor and possessions in their bedrooms. “I’m very much an internet reader and watcher for the most part, in typical Gen Z style” declares George, though her other interests belie a somewhat traditional quaintness.

Take for example, her recently resumed knitting hobby. Perhaps unsurprising from someone with a keen interest in fashion, George aspires to become a great knitter and maker. “I have always had so many ideas of things I’d love to wear and gift, but can never find them in the world” she tells us, between describing the sweater she has begun knitting (simple, black, balloon sleeved) - her first. On her personal style, she chronicles a varied melange of modern and vintage pieces, among which her handmade knitwear will sit perfectly. “My style is a big mash up of girly and goth, with kawaii and Anime inspiration.” Illustrating this sartorial breadth, she describes Jacqueline Durran’s costume design in Little Women as the pinnacle of prairie chic, confessing she’d dress like the film’s characters everyday if she could. Our conversation then turns to film, another passion of hers where beauty is presented as much in the ordinary as it is in the sublime. From the tragic dark romance of Paweł Pawlikoski’s Cold War to the treatment of loss in Spike Jonze’s Her, it seems that George has an eye not merely for the beauty in the ordinary, but for the beauty in the subversive.

Since moving from her “forever home” of Wellington to the bigger city lights of Auckland, George has relished discovering new subjects to photograph, new faces to meet and new eateries in which to indulge. She fondly recounts growing up in a household where friends were constantly begging to come over for her Mum’s cooking and that most of her life has been centred around food. Along with a restaurateur brother it appears that gastronomy is in her DNA. When she’s not dreaming up recipes or paging through cookbooks (her current pick is the exceedingly popular Carter's Cookbook), George loves to create various pasta dishes, apple crostata and any food inspired by her favourite Anime films. Outside of her own cooking endeavours she takes great pleasure in exploring the food scene in her new city, particularly Auckland institutions Eden Noodles, Selera and Gemmayze St. It seems the culinary line up isn’t the only refreshing novelty to have sprouted from her move: “coming from Wellington, I admittedly do quite like the anonymity of living in Auckland” she muses.

Much like the arresting films to which she is inclined and her unique personal style, George’s sure sense of herself manifests in a graceful and quiet confidence.

You may have to wait a few weeks yet to encounter the charming George at our new Lounge but you can shop her edit online here in the interim. She can’t wait to meet you.