Meet Ali McIntosh of Tessuti
An Auckland icon, Tessuti is the home of thoughtful, timeless pieces for the wardrobe, for the home. Owner Ali McIntosh curates the store's luxurious offering to the above ethos, as well as her own wardrobe that works to a minimal aesthetic and unparalleled quality.
We spoke with Ali about Tessuti's proud history and the importance of good people. Read more.
Tell us about your beautiful store. How did Tessuti begin? What are you most proud of?
Tessuti has been trading for 30 years - I have owned it for twelve and was the store manager for four years prior. Tessuti began as Auckland's first boutique homeware and gift store, with long-standing relationships with European designers. I am most proud of the way the store has retained its original ethos of considered design connected to interesting stories - this continues to be the focus for us today, as we acquire collections that complement our staple offerings.
How would you describe the Tessuti aesthetic? How do you ensure this aesthetic is considered across all categories from home to the wardrobe?
If it is thoughtful and timeless, it belongs in the Tessuti family.
How would you describe your own personal style? What is the key to a successful outfit?
Less is more in my personal wardrobe. I lean towards outfits that are pared back, and enjoy quality and comfort - pieces that endure.
Which piece are you coveting from Laing's new Autumn /Winter collection?
Many pieces! But particularly the fit and feel of the Rust Wallace Cashmere Boatneck.
How will you be wearing/styling this piece as we head into the cooler months? What will you be wearing it with?
I have been wearing my Wallace Cashmere with the new season Hardy Cropped Pant in darkest navy - they are a perfect match.
What do you admire most about Laing and why does it fit with the Tessuti ethos?
I have always admired the collections for their quality yarns and fabrics. The designs are a great silhouette for everyday, and the colours are always delicious - reflecting their seasons beautifully. But above all of that, the Laing team are great people to work with, and that is important to me, it is part of the brand experience.