When Faradays opened in late 2021, it raised the bar for New Zealand’s luxury goods scene. The opulent fashion, beauty and homewares emporium was founded by Edward and Constance von Dadelszen and stocks high-end labels Alaia, Loewe, Giuseppe Zanotti and Olivia von Halle, plus its own eponymous label.
Aside from what you can buy (or try), there are plenty of extra trimmings including valet parking, personal styling, bouquets from Grace and Flora and ever-changing artworks from Gow Langsford Gallery. Take a moment at the equally high-end in-house bar along one side of the space, fronted by an eye-catching Tony Cragg sculpture. Drink from a French-heavy wine and champagne list and order decadent snacks – think caviar and French fries with truffle crème.
The romantic, moody fit-out is the work of Cheshire Architects (The Hotel Britomart, Mr Morris) with four-metre-high studs, exposed timber beams and matai wood floors. Patagonian and Norwegian marble tables and theatrical, soft fabric displays mean there’s always something to admire.