About Frances Nation

The original Frances Nation

Frances Nation is a store located in the Arts Centre in central Ōtautahi Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand.

The shop opened in October 2017 and is owned and run by Tessa Peach, who named it after her grandmother (left), in homage to a generation who made things to last. 

Frances Nation showcases a collection of useful, quality New Zealand-made goods, from tool boxes to hand-thrown ceramics and hand-forged fire pokers. The makers we work with are dedicated to their particular craft or industry – most do one thing, and one thing well. There is a rich diversity of excellent design and artisanal craft in Aotearoa, which Frances Nation champions.

When choosing what to stock at Frances Nation, we look over every aspect of an object’s design. It should not just look or feel good, but also work well and use sound materials fit for purpose and longevity. We believe in thoughtful purchases that reduce consumption in the long term.

We care about the social aspect of retail, particularly how trading local goods enables us to connect with our community and environment. We love to help people find gifts for friends and family, pieces that will delight, are genuinely useful and of good quality.

Frances Nation stocks an ever-growing range of pantry items: organic coffee, tea, raw honey, jams and bottled fruits. Occasionally fresh seasonal goods such as flower bulbs, native plants and braided garlic arrive in the shop.     

We ship around the world and offer free delivery to our customers in Aotearoa New Zealand. Thank you for supporting small businesses and New Zealand-made products. Enjoy browsing the shop and please do get in touch with any suggestions or questions.