Shock claims emerged yesterday about Green MP Golriz Ghahraman and shoplifting from Ponsonby boutique Scotties — so what is the shop and what does it offer?
While there is not yet confirmation about what occurred, the Green Party said it was aware of the accusations and Ghahraman, who is seventh on the party’s list, has been stood down from her portfolio positions while the facts were established and until the matter was “resolved”.
Ghahraman’s portfolios included justice, trade, and foreign affairs, among others.
The police said they received a report “about an incident” on December 23 and initial inquiries are being made. Yesterday police said they could not confirm if Ghahraman was the subject of a police investigation.
The boutique’s representatives have also declined to comment.
On the racks at Scotties
The shop is at the northern part of Ponsonby – sometimes called Three Lamps – on the border of the affluent Herne Bay. The area became New Zealand’s first $2 million suburb in 2008, reflecting the median house price in the area.
Despite this the boutique is nestled on a side street – Blake St – standing somewhat apart from other retail stores in the area which are on Jervois Rd and Ponsonby Rd.
According to the shop’s Instagram it was established in 1979 and plays host to labels Comme des Garçons, Dries Van Noten and Issey Miyake.
According to its website, its most pricey item on offer at the moment is the Matella dress in black, designed by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s label The Row. Available in sizes small and extra small, it’s anyone’s for just shy of $7000.
For those with a more limited budget, the cheapest item on the shelves besides a gift card is a “flameless” (electronic) candle by Koch, made of real wax. Priced from $55, they’re available from small to extra large.
More popular items, according to the website’s bestselling list, include an Italian-made crocheted slipper shoe going for almost $1800, unfortunately currently sold out in all sizes except 36.5.
Those shoes are also designed by The Row, but if they’re not your style, another popular seller is the Fussbett Sandals, also in black, by luxury Milanese label Marni. A bit chunkier than the crocheted slippers, those go for $1250.
You can also get a Marni iPhone 14 case for $350.
The shop also has a division, called Scotties Recycle, which offers clients the opportunity to, according to the website, “discover luxury fashion for less and reduce your carbon footprint” with a “curated collection of secondhand designer clothing”.
Prices for those goods are a little lower, naturally, than the brand new clothes: you can currently pick up a cream Prada dress for just under $500.
As well as candles, shoes and clothes, the store also offers bags, fragrances and accessories – such as hats, sunglasses, wallets and scarves. The Issey Miyake Yoryu pleat stole olive scarf will set you back $820, and there is a Dries van Noten silk scarf on sale for $546.
According to a 2021 Stuff story, the shop’s company Marilyn Sainty Limited, was ordered to pay almost $28,000 to a former worker for unjustifiable dismissal following the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown. It was made up of $4854 in lost wages and $23,000 in compensation.
The business is co-owned by Marilyn Sainty and Sonja Batt.
A 2020 Denizen magazine profile on Batt said the store was “an icon in the landscape of New Zealand fashion” and “revolutionary for the way it has offered fashion-forward New Zealanders access to high-end international brands like never before”.