When it comes to style, Katherine Lowe, the New Zealand-based co-creator of Rally, combines urban shapes with athletic lines. Here, the creative shares her inspirations and favourite addresses in Auckland.
Tell us about the philosophy behind your site, Rally:
“Before Rally, [my business partner] Lani and I both had our own individual blogs that we ran for years. We had both talked about doing something together for a long time, but never really did anything about it until earlier this year. Rally was a way to keep blogging and sharing our opinions and ideas, but the new platform really enabled us to create a new brand – we wanted to focus on things we genuinely liked and how we really felt. The whole idea was that we were rallying together to create something, we also both like tennis, so there's that.”
What influenced your love of fitness and wellbeing?
“I never used to have much interest in fitness, or motivation to work out. I did a little bit of sport and dancing as a kid but as an adult, very little. That all changed a few years ago – I tried a barre class and genuinely enjoyed it and wanted to keep going back, and [I also participated] in an eight-week training program. Kirsty Godso was our trainer and I found her incredibly inspiring and motivating and, while it sounds silly, she spoke to me in a way I had never really experienced before. I feel like I kind of 'got' fitness on that trip. I haven't really looked back since.”
Can you tell me what you love about your home base in New Zealand?
“I was born and raised in Auckland and still live here now. I love to travel but there's something nice and comfortable about this city. It has everything within an hour drive – shops and great eateries and bars, and then also beautiful beaches and forests. It's small here, but it feels like a place that big ideas come from. There's a lot of creativity and everyone knows everyone, it's pretty cool.”
Please share your favourite home town addresses:
“I love food so they are all related –Coffee Pen is my latest place to get coffee. It's a tiny spot really close to my house, owned by a lovely Japanese couple. The food is made on site and everything I've tried is super good. I also love to eat at Welcome Eatery, the staff are really friendly and it's a great lunch spot with very good scrambled eggs. My other favourite is Depot, which is more of a dinner spot. It's hard to get a table, but the wait is worth it. It's one of my top three restaurants in Auckland. I grew up in Mt Eden, and there is a really fantastic book shop in the Village called Time Out. It's a place where you can hang out without feeling like anyone's wanting you to leave and they have great window displays. My favourite city beach is Thorne Bay, but it's more widely known as Minnehaha. It's tiny and gets packed in summer, but if you're looking for a nice place to go on a sunny day, Minnehaha is the spot. Finally, the Auckland Art Gallery is one of my favourite buildings in Auckland. It's a mix of heritage and modern and it has great light and feels warm, airy and spacious at the same time.”
Lastly, what influences your style, how do you put your look together?
“I'm very casual. Very undone, boyish and casual – I say casual but actually it's a nice way of saying scruffy. I dress very simply, I don't accessorise much, and most of my wardrobe is black, navy, grey and white. I gravitate towards the same types of pieces – great knit sweaters, loafers, slip dresses and oversize tees and button down shirts.”