Just Lately ... Update ...June 2013
KiwiKate is now heading in to her eight year! What a seven years! We've come a long way and learned so much. We've definitely had lots of ups and our fair share of downs. However, being of the 'if you keep doing the same old same old you'll keep getting the same old results' category, we chop and change about so that we can bring you, our much sought-after and adored customers a very unique and effective way to keep warm.
It is of no doubt to us that the reason KiwiKate survives and thrives is down to the amazingness of possum. Possum fur is recycled into insoles, headwear and gloves for use in the bleakest of winters. Mixed with merino* the resulting fabric is not only luxurious but also hard-wearing with a true longevity. Over the last seven years KiwiKate has collected her fair share of repeat and loyal customers - once tried you just know how good it is. We are supremely grateful for our return customers, especially when they pass the message of possum on to others (hm, not sure about sounding evangelical!)
The price of possum has been rocketing, for a few reasons but mostly because as a commodity possum is finding its place in the world. Rest assured, even if the price looks 'quite high' you are contemplating an article that is of high quality, is unbelievably insulating, gorgeous to the touch and to see, hard-wearing and long-lasting (human error notwithstanding!)
*The optimum mix of possum-merino is 40% fur and 50% merino. There are mixes of lesser possum but we believe the 40% to be optimum. The 10% is either nylon or silk. Either is good, one is possibly more washing machine wool-cycle friendly. They both feel amazingly soft and both are very lightweight. Is one 'better' than the other? No. Two of my knitwear people use nylon, two silk. It's more down to whether or not you like a particular garment. All KiwiKate's socks and gloves are 10% nylon, and we have not yet had enough experience of socks and gloves with 10% silk.
KiwiKate is out at fewer, if any, events over the summer, furiously working on the website and finally a brochure. As much as we will miss meeting customers - and we will, we just have to make sure that the business operates well in her 'off season'.
Most of the year can get many things out next day if not same day, and we do have our 5% discount for goods that are on 10-14 day delivery. We are however, working to improve our delivery services especially at peak times. At which point I'll finish on an anecdote which just goes to demonstrate the lovely people that KiwiKate attracts.
Last Christmas, every day, twice a day, two very very lovely customers-turned-friends, a husband and wife team, more like the Dynamic Duo, Rosemary and Simon, arrived at KiwiKate headquarters and took away the mail - twice a day - and stood in their local village post office queue! So good then that the post office in question was set up for all the local small businesses doing just the same! Long live the village post office!
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Very best wishes to you all
Carolyn, Holly, Hebe and of course 'Kate
(Me, the Labradors, the business - in that order!)
I am a Kiwi living in England. On one of my trips home a few years ago I came across insoles for shoes made from possum pelt. Anyone who suffers the cold like I do will understand what I mean by the dreadful freezing feeling in my toes and feet standing around in wellies on shoot days. So, I bought the insoles, and have never looked back. They provide incredible insulation, in all sorts of boots and shoes from ‘fashion’ shoes to leather-lined wellies, and cold feet can become a thing of the past. KiwiKate was born when friends wanted warm feet too!
Some lines have been and gone. Please do call if there is something you once had from KiwiKate, and would love again. Nothing is impossible and we aim to do our utmost!
KiwiKate is now at the start of her seventh year of operation. Milestones have been passed (most good some not so). Hopefully you will continue to find the website easy to use. However, we are always very pleased to take you phone calls on 07801 298365.
We've recently entered the world of Twitter and Facebook in the hope of world domination .... spreading the warmth, protection and durability, in a fabulously-looking way that is possum, possum-merino and merino.
We are still out at a few events this year. If you have a fundraiser and would like KiwiKate to attend please do contact us.
ps Kate's the business, I'm Carolyn, Holly's the black Lab and Hebe's her daughter!
Holly and pups 2 1/2 hours old. Humphrey (now Kenai), Haka, Tana, Henry (now Hugo) and Hebe.