We had the pleasure of catching up with Nick and asking him a few questions.
What are you reading at the moment?
I just finished The Passage by Justin Cronin.
It's about a virus that turns the population of the entire continent of North and South America into zombie like vampires. And of course there is a small amount of humans left to try to fight them.
I love a good post-apocalyptic thriller.
What are you listening to?
The new Veils album Time stays, We go - totally amazing.
Also, The Shepherds Dog by Iron and Wine, its a classic.
What are you eating? - (I can't get enough of the date scones at my bakery!)
Epic salads for lunch!!! From the new cafe in St Kevins Arcade called Honeytrap.
What inspires you in your day to day life?
Right now predominantly music, dance and laughter.
What are your favourite things about living and working in New Zealand?
Its just big enough, and just small enough - just big enough so that there is lots going on, and just small enough so you can get involved easily.
The networks are pretty friendly and people are often really open to working together on new projects, and from there all sorts of things can happen.
Who do you design for?
First and foremost I design all the collections under Nick Von K.
This is where my design ideas can really take flight.
I have collaborated with Tiki Taane in the past creating a few exclusive pieces under his banner.
And I also collaborate with the designers of Storm and Ricochet to produce jewellery ranges exclusive to them.
What are the three strangest things you own?
1. A Hornbill skull. This is mostly a large beak with a small skull attached to the end of it - with the massive pink 'horn' at the top.
2. A taxidermied cobra snake.
3. A wax seal ring that belonged to my grandfather Peter.
He had given it to his house keeper way back in 1961 and she read on my website that although I couldn't remember meeting him as a child, I was hugely inspired by him and and so she decided to contact me. She told me many stories about him and ended up giving me the ring as a piece of memorabilia. It is apparently from the 18th Century.
I have always been extremely influenced by my grandmothers. Tell us about the influence of your grandfather?
Baron Peter Von Klarwill was a very cultured and refined character. He lived in Austria up until the Nazi invasion at the beginning of WW2, at which point he left in a hurry and travelled to New Zealand at the other end of the world to escape. He left most of his fortune behind along with a huge art collection and an estate in the countryside. The aristocratic lifestyle he lead in those days was all about the beautiful things in life - music, art, theater, architecture - all the great things around every corner that can be found in Europe.
I travelled through Europe before I started Nick Von K and this has always heavily influenced my style, so much so that I decided to name the brand with a nod to that part of my family ancestry.
What else do our readers need to know about Nick Von K?
I like to be creative in many different fields.
In my time I have painted, made steel sculpture, danced and performed on stage.
I'm also in a band and play guitar and sing, writing my own songs.
All these things are linked and the aesthetic always has a common thread.
For me being creative is something I've always done and need to keep doing to remain sane and feeling alive.
When I am creative I feel like I am doing what I was put on this earth to do.
You can check out Nick's jewellery here