Join Us | The Department of Curiosities and Fine Things
I am interested in joining you - tell me more about The Department. Based in Napier, the Department of Curiosities and Fine Things is a retail shop featuring the work of over 30 New Zealand designer/makers. It began life as a couple of Christmas pop-up shops that ran for a month in 2013 and 2014. These were so successful that it was decided to continue long term and has now been running in the same location and run by the same group for over a year now. That group, "the curators" are 3 local designer/makers who man the shop voluntarily as a way to sell our own products. Our aim is to provide a city centre outlet for New Zealand based crafts people, to promote the handmade as a viable alternative to the imported goods that the high street stores promote and also to inspire people. Our customers are a mixture of local regulars and tourists. Napier is known the world over for it's art deco architecture and hosts regular cruise ships which carry between 600 and several thousand people.