Frances Nation is a small upstairs shop located at the Arts Centre in central Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand.
The shop opened in October 2017 and is owned and run by me - Tessa Peach. I named it after my grandmother, as a nod to a generation who made things to last.
The collection focuses on New Zealand-made items of use, good design and quality craftsmanship. There is a rich diversity of handmade craft happening in New Zealand which I want to celebrate and share, through the store.
I'm also interested in the social aspect of retail, particularly how trading local goods enables us to connect to our community and our sense of place.
Frances Nation showcases a collection of quality New Zealand-made useful goods, from tool boxes to hand-thrown ceramics and hand-forged fire pokers. The makers I work with are dedicated to their particular craft or industry - they do one thing, and one thing well.
When choosing what to present at Frances Nation I look over every aspect of an object’s design. It should not simply look and feel good but also work well and use quality materials fit for purpose and longevity.
Because New Zealand-made kitchenware is a large part of our range we also stock a pantry of local foods such as organic coffee, tea, jams and bottled fruits. Occasionally fresh seasonal goods such as flower bulbs, native plants and braided garlic arrive in the shop.
Gifting is an important aspect of our culture and I enjoy helping people find gifts for their friends and family that are genuinely helpful and of good quality.
We ship around the world and offer free delivery to all of Aotearoa New Zealand. Thank you for supporting small business and New Zealand-made. Enjoy browsing the shop and please do get in touch with any suggestions or questions.