THE MISSION

CONSCIOUS CREATION

OUR TEAM

VISION

PERA MAY focuses on forging a future within the creative sector that educates, empowers and inspires a ‘new age’ of creative innovation and ethical consumption.

PERA MAY focuses on forging a future within the creative sector that educates, empowers and inspires a ‘new age’ of creative innovation and ethical consumption. PERA MAY exists not simply to create more ‘things’ in this world but to educate and advocate towards the future of a conscious, inclusive and revitalised fashion system. Our motivation is a creative and cultural revolution, our medium is fashion. 

 

We create clothing to be treasured and admired. Conscious of the impact of fashion production, each style is limited and New Zealand made. PERA MAY garments will not only serve their utility as clothing but will be your very own work of art - unique, considered and made to be loved by you forever.

 

Like a PERA MAY garment, you too are unique. PERA MAY recognises this and celebrates individuality within each person. We ask the question - since when did society have the power to tell us what we should wear? Our vision is that you will find inclusivity, encouragement and your truth in our rebellious approach to design.

 

PERA MAY is playing with the concept of creating seasonless, timeless drops. This approach encourages conscious buying. What you purchase in February can be worn with what you purchase in November, for that year and the years to follow. We sell direct to consumers and retailers that align with our vision. In doing this, we can break  the ‘trend aspect’ of seasonal cycles and the concept of clothing devaluing over time because they don't. Like art, they only gain more character and uniqueness. 

 

A PERA MAY lover shares our vision for a future that's different from our current path. You'll champion the journey of being socially responsible and advocate for inclusivity amongst all communities. We’re free, fun and sick of societal norms. Together we encourage each other to explore and express our truth.

PERA MAY presents a vision of the future where continuous inspiration is found in challenging the ‘norms.’ It’s weird...and it’s just how we like it.

Nuturing the power of creativity

Pera was born and bred on the South Island's West Coast of New Zealand.

Growing up in a creative environment, surrounded by untouched nature and small town circumstances, Pera's dreams soared.

Fueled by her curiosity of the world and human behaviours, she channels her exploration through conceptual engineering and relentless storytelling. 

Pera believes that dressing is about more than utility. It’s an opportunity to express and integrate beautiful and inspiring designs into our everyday lives that make us feel on top of the world, all whilst leaving a positive impact on the society around us. 

You can be anyone you want to be when you put on a PERA MAY design.

Create an escape, an empowering moment, generate a laugh or promote a future that is inclusive, socially responsible and nurtured.

Pera is beyond grateful for her opportunity to carry out this vision everyday and welcomes you with open arms to join this beautiful journey with her! 

The dreamer

PERA MAY is a VISION. 

A place to dream, find your style and let your imagination run wild - - - 

WELCOME TO PLANET FREAKY...lets have some fun!!

Vision

THE MISSION

The Answers You Need

CONSCIOUS

CREATION

The Answers You Need

At PERA MAY, we design forever products that will make an impact on your life, not on the planet. We consciously strive to be as transparent, ethical and sustainable as possible across all aspects of PERA MAY. However, we acknowledge there are always ways to be more sustainable. Sustainability is not a point to be arrived at but to be constantly pursued and developed. As the consumer we welcome you to read on our conscious process below. Additionally, we welcome your ideas and questions at any time. Please contact holla@peramay.com for any inquiries. We promise to respond with honesty and deliver a process that meets your needs and the planets’ needs. 

Conscious Creation

We design irrespective of seasons or trends. You will not see seasonal labels attached to collections, rather a call to spark a conversation. When seeing garments as an opportunity to spark conversation rather than having a purely seasonal and time sensitive purpose, a timeless approach to design naturally follows. PERA MAY garments will not only serve their utility as clothing but will be your very own work of art - unique, considered and made to be loved by you forever.

A high number of garments are designed with deadstock fabric. In the design process this is the easiest way for us to minimise waste as we rescue these textiles from an uncertain fate and give them new purpose. ​You can find out more about individual garments and their fabric/makers in their description box, or read on below to meet the team. 

PRODUCTION 

Our entire process takes place in New Zealand by a community of industry experts that we work closely with. With this considered process we don't make more than we need or more than is ordered, this naturally adds to the expense of a garment, unlike mass produced clothing where costs can be whittled down. The trade-off? We minimise the expense on the planet.

CUSTOM ORDER

Our custom order process follows the “slowest” approach to production. Custom orders are only made upon customer request and involve a thorough process to ensure fit is perfect. This may be 'slow,' but is the best way to ensure waste in production is minimised, if not eliminated entirely. We use this process for our most precious, statement designs to ensure they end up in truly loving homes and retain their value as a unique piece of art for your body.

PRE-ORDER 

Our pre-order process is a touch faster. We use this process for garments we consider to be more “staple” wardrobe items. Pre-order garments will be made in slightly larger quantities and pre-orders are used to guide our production quantities. This ensures we make “just enough” for our loyal “pre-orderer’s” and for small quantities to be available in stock.

Design

As we said earlier, conscious creation is a journey rather than a destination. As we nurture our new venture we will continue to improve these practices. At the forefront of our planning is waste minimisation – we are currently exploring practices to save our offcuts from landfill and recycle them for new purposes. We are also excited to be currently working with mindful fashion to measure our carbon footprint. Watch this space for updates. 

What's next?

PERA MAY generates a world within the conceptual vision of each collection. The attention to detail and execution that ignites each story is significant.

If we can take you on a magical journey visually, then we endeavour to do the same technically.

Garment Transparency

ROBYN WEAVER AKA CARRINGTON CLOTHING

Sample and Production Machinist

Robyn Weaver is the OG. She is the heart and freaky soul of Pera May. Without her, PM would not be what it is today. She is the epitome of how a business should run in terms of employee/employer relationships. So hardworking and dedicated to the vision, truly we just have way too much FUN! 

Pera was introduced to Robyn by a friend and from there the relationship flourished. Originally a production machinist, Robyn’s career specialised in large scale production, until now. She had never sampled or made the small runs that PERA MAY required for its production. After a lot of convincing and trial & error, Robyn we think fell for the ‘PM Vision’. She has now worked extremely closely with Pera for 2 years with hopefully plenty more to come. 

 

Robyn’s role is sample machining and helps with production management where needed. She also helps on the technical side of design, offering advice and knowledge on fits and the technicalities of engineering the garments. Robyn operates out of her home in Glenfield, she’s so awesome - we love Robyn and her unique humour!

LILY LIU

Sample and Production Machinist

Lily has worked in the garment industry most of her life. The knowledge she has gained from a life-long career is invaluable. She kindly and patiently shares her wise advice and expertise when it comes to the sampling process. Lily works from her home studio in Greenhithe, Auckland. She works part-time as a sample machinist for a handful of designers. Lily does both sampling and production. We love Lily, she is so very patient and helpful, not to mention she is an exquisite machinist!

LEON AKA MING FASHION

Sample and Production Machinist

Leon has been running Ming Fashion since 2005. He has a small team of 7 machinists that he outsources to around Auckland. His company does sampling and small production runs. Leon always greets us with a beautiful smile and is so very accommodating. A sweet soul, who will go out of his way to assist, we love working with Ming Fashion and appreciate their wonderful work, just as much as they “love working on the garments!”

MICHELE AKA NOTCH

Pattern Maker

 

Michele is one of PERA MAY's pattern makers - and an amazing one at that! She started out her career in the UK many years ago where she first learnt to grade before getting into the art of pattern making. She has worked with many well-recognised designers over the years. She’s had an amazing journey with a lifetime of knowledge that she’s always so open to sharing and supporting the team in anyway she can.

Michele works from her home studio in West Auckland. We love Michele because she is meticulous in her approach and offers so much advice with her extensive industry/life knowledge!

CLAUDIA PELLIZZARO

Pattern Maker

Claudia is originally from Italy and has been in NZ for 20 + years. She has worked for major fashion houses back in Italy as well as owning and operating her own menswear label in New Zealand. 

Pera was introduced to Claudia by Alan who recently retired but graded and cut the first PERA MAY collection. Alan was an incredible help at the start of Pera's journey, introducing us to Claudia was the second best thing he could have done! 

Claudia’s skills are a crucial element to the pattern making process. She is a beautiful soul, really just gets us! She now works out of her home in Puhoi, North Auckland. When times are hectic, pre-launch Claudia is right there doing anything she can to help, we just adore Claudia and share such a special vision of the 'new age industry!' 

RACHEL & ALISON at YKK ZIPS

Zips and Fastenings

YKK is where we source all of our zips from. We have a habit of doing things at the very last minute…we all have our strengths and weaknesses hehe - a work in progress! Rachel and Alison are ALWAYS able to get the zips to us in time! YKK makes most of the products we source in Auckland, New Zealand. Rarer zips and bulk do need to be made by YKK HQ in China. 

JANINE AKA CAPZ CUTTING

Cutting and block fusing

Robyn connected us with Janine who runs Capz Cutters in Kingsland, Auckland. The business is a small team that works for many NZ industry based clients. This season is our first time working with Janine but we are very excited as she has a great industry reputation. Capz will fuse and cut our garments.

JULEE AND KEVIN at SAVANT PACIFIC

Fashion Trims

Kevin and Julee operate Savant Pacific in Eden Terrace, Auckland. They are a lovely team and an absolute pleasure to work with. We source all of our fashion trims from here. Their stock is brought in from overseas but we mainly work with what's in stock at their Eden Terrace showroom to avoid having to freight more in. It works well for our small runs and they are incredibly generous, supportive and accommodating with that!  

IAN & SHANNON AKA STIRLING CUTTING

Pattern grading, block fusing and cutting

Stirling Cutting is a family run business based in Papakura. Run by Ian and Shannon, they are genuine down to earth family who offer lots of guidance and advice. Pera was blown away meeting the team as to how wonderful and welcoming they were, such a pure business model with incredible workplace culture. They have shifted their business model from large scale production that was often fast fashion, to support slow fashion, smaller production runs and attention to quality and values rather than volume. They use top of the line technology to ensure that there is minimal cut wastage and accuracy. Stirling provides cutting, fusing, grading and both digital and flat pattern making. We love Stirling!

GRANDMA

Sampling, soundboarding and love

Olwynne, better known as Grandma, is at the heart of this vision. She was the person who introduced Pera to the wild and wonderful world of garment creation when she was young. So it has been such a blessing for her to be able to involve her Grandma in this whirlwind journey. Olwynne is one the biggest inspirations of PERA MAY. 

Behind every strong woman is an even stronger woman! Pera’s Mother and Grandmother are two of the most inspirational and fully involved sound boards behind the vision - without them there literally and physically would be no PERA MAY!

PERA MAY Makers

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