Juliet Bates of Marle has a passion for knitwear, head for business and mind for creativity. She majored in Knitwear at AUT before undertaking work experience at Showroom 22, being brand coordinator at MAC cosmetics and then a buyer for Glasson.  After the birth of her daughter, Vita, Bates decided it was time to realise the dream she always had, starting her own brand.

Bate’s brand is forever inspired and she has muses as varied as Picasso, Frank Lloyd Wright, Madeleine Vionnet and Christobel Balenciaga. This may explain why her knits are modern classics. The beautiful fibres in Marle knitwear are sourced and produced in a small family run boutique factory in China.

Marle’s first range is in store now and a small second range for winter, including accessories, is on its way with the introduction of 100% cashmere.  Bates plans to release two ranges for winter and one for summer. Marle is currently wholesaling throughout New Zealand and plans to expand into overseas markets soon.

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