It’s been a tough couple of months for small businesses in New Zealand, with the economy almost completely shut off during Level 4 Lockdown. Although, we are incredibly proud of New Zealand as a nation for fighting the battle of COVID-19 and getting to Level 1 this week, many businesses are still feeling the impacts of the pandemic.

Well-loved New Zealand label, Ingrid Starnes, has announced this morning through a heartfelt social media post stating that they will now begin the process of shutting down all their physical retail stores in the coming months.

We are deeply saddened by this news. The fashion industry is getting hit hard by the impacts of COVID-19, and to help businesses like Ingrid Starnes, we must continue to support our local businesses not only now, but continually, as we move out of Alert Levels in New Zealand.