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Get to know: Zorretta Rose
Zorretta does marketing and operations for Recycle Boutique, a clothing consignment company with soon-to-be 12 stores around NZ! We love what Recycle stands for and wanted to get to know someone behind the scenes and see what makes the brand tick! Zorretta has some pretty great recommendations in this one so make sure to bookmark it for when you're in Wellington.
What did you study? Where do you live? How did you get here?
Like a lot of people, what I work in has little to do with what I studied haha. I did a Bachelor of Fashion Design here in Wellington but I also interned with the university, running their social media for a year. Which is how I first got my foot in the door with Recycle. I'm now back in Wellington after doing a stint in Auckland for a couple of years.
How are you spending your days during lockdown?
At all times, I am simply waiting for my next snack. Other than that, i’ve been listening to a lot of music. I just bought a record player so i’ve been enjoying that. Trying to get out in the sun as much as possible (limited given I’ve chosen to live in Wellington…) - highly recommend listening to Lordes new album at the top of a sunny hill.
My flat did a pub crawl on the weekend where we all had to theme our rooms as different bars. And will be hosting the flat olympics next weekend (no sports involved of course. Think, who can slide the furthest in socks on the kitchen floor). Also just trying to make the most of the slower pace of life, taking time to read, finding happiness in small things, and making the most of this extra time.
What series are you binging?
Look I was really hoping this wasn’t going to get out but i’m currently rewatching Vampire Diaries, and Love Island….. next question please...
What was your first job?
My first ever job was at a hairdressers down the road from us. I’d sweep up, wash peoples hair, and mix colour
What did you want to be growing up?
I have a home video of me when I was around 4 probably, telling my family I wanted to be an artist, doctor and surfer when I grew up. I became none of those things haha.
What is your favourite part of your job?
No two days look the same and I love that about it. Because it’s quite a small head office, it means a multitude of opportunities come your way. Getting to travel to LA to buy vintage for the company would rate highly. And so cool we got to do that together, Liz!
Can you tell us about a typical day in the life?
Each day is so different! But i’m often planning campaigns, creating or reviewing processes for the company, working on upcoming company projects, helping to open new stores, checking in with staff or designing content & advertising.
Personal and professional highlights?
I feel incredibly lucky to have travelled quite a lot already. I’ve spent about 4 months travelling Europe, some of that solo - such an important thing to do in my opinion. I’ve been able to travel to America with work a couple of times. I’m also about to reach 5 years with Recycle which is pretty cool.
What’s something people would find interesting about RB that goes on behind the scenes?
We do a lot of work in the community which I don’t know if people realise. We help multiple organisations with donated clothing (around 300k pieces per year get donated through our program), and we also donate $50,000 per year to KidsCan.
Specifically the Yo Po Mian with braised pork from Taste of Home. I get this probably every week, sometimes more. I genuinely don’t think i’ll ever get sick of it.
I actually don’t really listen to podcasts, although it’s something i’ve been meaning to do for aaages. I have listened to She’s on the Money which is great for financial advice, specifically made for millennials. I’ve also been recommended Serial, an investigative journalist podcast.
There’s a special place in my heart for James and the Giant Peach. It was one of the films that we had dubbed onto VHS when I was a kid, so every time I was home sick from school i’d watch it. There’s something about the stop-motion style that really fascinated me as a kid, especially that scene where they’re chopping the peach into fruit platters and making drinks out of it. Plus Joanna Lumley is a queen.
Favourite music artist/album?
So many favourites to choose from. Albums I have on repeat recently would be The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Isaiah Rashad - The House is Burning, Doja Cat - Planet Her, J Cole - Revenge.
New Girl and Black Books will always be something I can watch over and over. Also Derry Girls, Fleabag and Ginny & Georgia have been recent watches I’ve thoroughly enjoyed.
Last time you cried?
Heck it was probably last week watching vampire diaries lol. I can’t even remember what set me off now. Yikes.
What’s your biggest fear?
Someone being able to see my Spotify activity feed - it’s just me listening to the same song on repeat for 10 days straight.
What’s something that will always be in fashion, no matter how much time passes?
A classic white shirt. I just found the perfect one from Recycle (originally from Rika studios). It’s the perfect amount of boxy yet tapers slightly toward the hem.
What’s your best second hand find?
Vintage Prada sock boots - found them in an Auckland opshop for around $20.
Where do I get a great coffee in Wellington?
You’re pretty much guaranteed to get a good coffee anywhere in Wellington but some of my personal favourites - Raglan Roast for the cheapest coffee in town, Customs or Precinct 35 for great people watching, or Pour and Twist for specialty coffee (expect a weird look if you try and ask for a flat white).
Where do I get a great cocktail in Wellington and what do I order?
I’m not a huge cocktail person unless its a spicy margarita. Probably the best margaritas i’ve ever had came from my favourite mexican restaurant in Left Bank which has now closed. I’m still sulking about it.
Best place for dinner? Top picks on the menu?
If you want something a little off the beaten track, my favourites are Cicio Cacio - a little authentic italian place in Newtown, if you can do the set menu i’d recommend that. The service there is so genuine, you really feel like you’ve entered an Osteria in Italy. Mother of Coffee for ethiopian food - get the Vegan, or Meat combo because you need to try it all. Damascus is a fairly new spot in Brooklyn serving Syrian food. So yum.
Who should I follow on instagram and why?
@NZlockdownmemes - this one is really getting me through lockdown (hilarious NZ specific lockdown memes, the name says it all.)
@Shityoushouldcareabout - great mix between current events and pop culture
@c__l__o - for really beautifully curated creative content
@chloechill - really fun and colourful content, incredible stylist, also has great conversations about fashion and sustainability
@reomaorimai - great tool if you’re learning te reo or just want to know more about tikanga Māori
@influencersinthewild - influencers caught in the act doing anything for the gram
What are your favourite things to do offline?
Boxing and yoga, because life is about balance lol. Laying on beaches doing absolutely nothing. Reading - I can finish a good book in a couple of days, although if i’m not enjoying it, it could take me 6 months haha.
Your favourites on the Found website?
This Curio Practice blanket sends me into day dreams about my future house which would also have the seashell plate in it too!
And i’d be wearing this tracksuit Checks Tracksuit or the Damson Madder Tye Dye tee. And I can’t go past a fun 70’s pattern so I love the Mane Magnetic dress (also on sale right now, go get it).
Lastly - who would play you in a movie?
I’ve been told I remind people of Ilana from Broad City, so I guess her?
Shop secondhand and check out Zorretta's work at Recycle Boutique here.