Hi, I'm Mary, the creator of Kombi Nation. I love a retail experience that is fun, even a bit eccentric.
I moved to Bay of Islands just over 2 years ago with my uber-cool VW Kombi Van. Kombi ferried my sewn products & oldy-worldy paraphernalia I had brought in markets overseas, to the Packhouse Market in Kerikeri.
This van was inspiration for the label "KOMBI NATION" which also riffs on being a "combination"; a combination of clothing & collectibles (especially vintage kitchenalia).
This market stall has now grown into a permanent shop in Paihia.
We are in a large, sunny attic-like space, where shop & sewing workroom overlooking rooftops & palm trees of Paihia Village.
In this space you are embraced by bright, happy fabrics, colourful, tropical cushions & restyled retro furniture...it feels like visiting an "other" world.