Inspired by ‘Our United Tarpaulin’ from Kris Sowersby, ‘Our Southern Swanny’ is a staple of New Zealand fashion we proudly wear, regardless of the occasion. With its distinct pattern still found at fieldays, local pubs, and on the sidelines of school sports grounds, this uniquely kiwi icon historically “became the choice of pioneering New Zealanders the length and breadth of the country”.
Like ‘Our United Tarpaulin’, those who’ve already joined the Swanndri army can grab a stick and fly their ‘flag’ proudly with a little DIY. Originally made from 100% pure New Zealand wool this hardy and waterproof shirt is ideal for flying in a raging southerly or gentle nor’wester.
The ‘swanny’ was originally designed by William Broome, a Taranaki tailor.