LOVEMYLEATHERJACKET pays homage to New Zealand’s most iconic alternative store….
As conservative 1980’s New Zealand frequented the middleclass bastions of traditional department stores such as Smith and Caughey’s, Kirkcaldie and Stains, and Ballentynes, those living a rougher, edgier, alternative experience went to Hunters & Collectors.
First opened in 1985 in Symonds St then K’rd, Auckland, branches then sprang up in Cuba St, Wellington 1987 and Manchester St, Christchurch 1989. Since then Hunters & Collectors has been THE place for vintage and second-hand clothing and jewellery, object d’art and leatherwear, producing their own H&C branded leather jackets for many years throughout the 90’s. Customised leather jackets graced the burly backs of bouncers of iconic club, The Box and notoriously cool, hotel bar, DeBretts.
H&C, as it has affectionately become known, was synonymous with the nightlife/club scene and local history of the 90’s, early 2000’s and beyond.
Fast track to 35 years later, Christina O, has added an art gallery to the Cuba St store focusing on new and established artists who work across all media, exploring art, craft and design to convey alternative points of view in the world.     
LOVEMYLEATHERJACKET is a multidisciplinary show celebrating the history of H&C, the iconic leather jacket and its association with cool, rebellion, music and popular culture.
The artists and designers participating work across various 3d and 2d platforms. Processes of upcycling and reconfiguring have been encouraged to reflect our current environmental responsibility. Wearable pieces, bags and accessories mix with glitter art, photography and weaving. The artists/designers participating are Xoe Hall, Gina Kiel, JPalm, Native Sista, Rachel Long, Stanley Manthyng, Stylists Own, Ted Black, Jimmy Lousich, Paula Collier and Mister Buck.
STYLIST OWN hand painted Original Hunters and Collectors leather jacket Size 8/10 $400
XOE HALL hand painted, studded and jeweled 1990s cropped leather jacket size XS/S $590
STANLEY MANTHING glitter artwork of Suzi Quatro in her leather jacket $800
77X61 cm
STANLEY MANTHING, Glitter Elvis, $800
GINA KIEL, Burning For a New Beginning, $580 (SOLD)
Rachel Long, I Would Eat an Apple, re-purposed 80's leather jacket, gold foil and cotton, $505
Rachel Long, Golden Delicious, Re-purposed navy leather jacket, gold foil and cotton, neck-piece or wall hanging, $150
Paula Collier, "Be Kind" Jacinda Adrern, Handpainted leather jacket, Size 8ish, $350
Paula Collier, "Great Job" Donald Trumps...Big up's about himself!, Hand-painted 80's leather jacket, size 10ish $350
JPalm, Patent leather and metal spike collar $300 each
Mister Buck, "Babushka Blue", reconfigured leather jacket and faux fur, IN blue (sold) and grey (not sold .. yet!) Size 8, $550
Mister Buck, re-configured leather trousers and jacket.. selection of cool, one off bags! $225-$400 in price (contact us for more details about any of the bags!)
Ted Black, Untitled series featuring leather jackets, Hard to photograph, due to the dark nature and glass fronts.. pop in to check out if you can!, Have sold 4 out of 10

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