Text: Stephen Crafti
Photography: Simon Devitt
Marilyn Sainty needs no introduction to New Zealanders or for many people in the design community in Australia. One of the country’s most revered fashion designers her designs have been the subject of exhibitions as well as books.
From humble beginnings running her own boutique Starkers, in Sydney, 1968, Sainty now operates the renowned Scotties boutiques in New Zealand, with her business partner Sonja Batt.
While officially retiring as a designer in 2005, Sainty and Batt continue to remain at the forefront of fashion, stocking the likes of Comme des Garcons, Issey Miyake, Ann Demuelemeesteer and Dries Van Noten. Scotties also sells Beth Ellery and Camille Howie, two protégées from New Zealand, who Sainty has nurtured.