Tell us a little about yourself, where you come from and where you are/what you are doing now
My name is Kahukura, Kahu for short, I own One Fit Hire and started it about four years ago now. My point of difference is that I cover a very large size range start at a size 6 and going up to a size 28. I was the first plus size rental in Aotearoa and am very proud to have made this market exist.
I come originally from a small place in Wellington called Wainuiomata and I whakapapa to Ngati Raukawa ki Whakarongotai, Nga Puhi and Ngati Toa. I now live in Auckland and have for the past 9 years. I have just finished my Bachelors in Occupational Therapy and am an Occupational Therapist in mental health within South Auckland and I am currently studying towards my postgraduate certification.
Describe your own personal style
I am a sucker for a good op-shop but I would say very simple top and pants kinda girl who loves a pop of colour either in shoes, bag or jumper
Tell us about what motivated you to start One Fit Hire (OFH)
Not seeing a big enough market for dresses that were larger than a size 12, the last time I was a size 12 would have been in intermediate. When I was looking for a ball dress for my end of year formal, there were no options that suited my body – I went to many dress rental companies in Auckland and nobody offered something for bodies like mine.. so I thought.. why not do it myself?
What do you love about lending?
I honestly love seeing my customers faces, comments, reactions and messages. It makes me so happy when girls tell me how they have never been to a place where they could fit everything they tried on – it is my absolute why! I also love seeing the photos! The dress can only speak for itself so much..
Any advice for people who are thinking about lending their own closets?
Let passion be your drive and keep your heart in the right place <3