About Frances Nation

The original Frances Nation

Frances Nation Home 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 Home 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.

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.

Frances Nation Grocer

At the end of 2020, we opened Frances Nation Grocer, on the ground floor of the same building at 28 Worcester Street. The grocer stocks specialty food from around Aotearoa, including freshly baked break and pastries, organic takeaway coffee, raw honey, jams, vinegars and oils and cheese. Occasionally fresh seasonal goods such as stone fruit, flower bulbs and braided garlic arrive in the shop. You can read more about Frances Nation Grocer here.