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Events Clothing Company, Since 1991

Events Clothing Company has a reputation for its ability to supply innovative, quality garments to the marine and corporate sectors with a primary focus on the global market.
Did You Know?

All our products are designed in New Zealand. 
Our Grinder Polo is made with recycled Coffee Grounds.

At the turn of the millennium, having secured a number of International Super-yacht clients, Events took on a new look and focus specializing in design, manufacture and supply of Crew uniforms to Super-yachts and Motor Yachts throughout the world.

Offering both a stock (off the shelf) and custom (made to order) range of apparel, Events currently service and supply in excess of 320 Super yachts world-wide bosting 60 of the top 200 (all 100m + boats)

All Events products are designed, developed and tested to ensure they not only provide the best quality garments but also a uniform that is technically superior to alternatives.

Storyboards are a unique development for Events Clothing. They bring to life the collective garments selected by owners, captains and interior managers making final selections and decisions so much more informative.

After 20 years of business the company can boast an involvement with some of the world's most prestigious yachting events, race campaigns, luxurious super-yachts and internationally recognised companies, providing quality and stylish uniforms that enhance even the best looking crews.

Based in Auckland, New Zealand with offices in Palma Mallorca, Events Clothing are ready to talk to you about your next project.  
Owen Rutter
Managing Director

Owen has a long history with the marine industry and yacht racing. Having raced around the world on the Whitbread in 1981 and 1982 he then went on to build an 85ft cruise boat in the south of France on which he skippered for 10 months.

On his return to New Zealand Owen continued competing in many events. He was involved in the NZ Amels Cup Team in 1985,1987,1989 and 1991 and the Two Tonne Worlds in 1993, to name a few.

After working in marine apparel for five years Owen decided to venture out on his own.  In 1991 Events started as a one man band, with Owen managing all areas supported with a partnership with Line 7. He had seen a gap in the market to sell clothing direct to the superyacht industry and the company has been steadily growing ever since.

Event’s now has 18 employees and Owen hopes to see the company become the number one uniform supplier in the marine market. He loves working with people and has employed a great team in order to achieve this dream.

Outside the office Owen is still involved with many other marine ventures and is currently the chairman of NZ Marine Export Group having been on the board for five years.


Michelle Crooks
Sales Manager

With the company’s long standing reputation as a supplier of unique, top quality crew clothing, Michelle is proud to head the sales team.

She has worked in fashion and sales for most of her career and has been at Events Clothing for 18 years.

She manages a team of five to ensure that customers are given a high standard of service and receive their purchases in an efficient and timely manner. She enjoys working with people from all over the world and helping to find uniforms that meet their goals and needs.

Michelle takes great delight in seeing people wearing Events Clothing’s products on superyachts and at boat shows around the world, knowing that her team had a part in fulfilling those specific requirements.

She also enjoys working closely with the design team developing new products in order to be one step ahead of competitors.

In her time at Event’s Michelle has developed trusted relationships with many of her clients and is a well respected member of the team. She looks forward to being a key figure in Events Clothing’s ongoing growth, both in New Zealand and Internationally.
Duthie Lidgard
International Sales/Brand Development Manager

Duthie has been sailing all his life, competing in many ocean races from the age of 10. After becoming a fully qualified boat builder, he then spent over 10 years working in the superyacht industry as a Deckie / Engineer, leading him into being a Class 4 Captain.

With over 200,000 ocean miles to his credit, his experience includes being the owner’s representative for the building of SY Whirlaway and the race maxi Genuine Risk, and working on yachts such as Pacific Wave, Timoneer (old and new), Valsheda, Hanseat V, and Imagine. Following this he decided to move back home to New Zealand with his young family and search for a job that kept him in the marine industry.

With his International Sales Role, Duthie enjoys the opportunity to work with the many captains, crew, boat yard personnel and friends he’s met in the marine business over the years.  Since he used Events uniforms on all the boats he worked on or captained he is very familiar with the product and is excited to work for the growing company.

Duthie likes to make sure that the personnel responsible for all new superyacht builds have the opportunity to show their owners what Events Clothing can do with their superior uniform and crew clothing lines.

He says at the heart of his job is the desire to ensure superyachts are provided with the highest quality service and the fastest possible response time for all orders. World domination is the aim!
Jacs Campbell
European Manager - Superyacht/Corporate

Jacs is another ex-yachtie providing uniforms to the superyacht industry.

After spending many years in hospitality working in everything from 5 Star hotels to wine bars, Jacs found her way to yachting. She spent 8 years being everything from stewardess, cook, to deckhand - and captain too if you speak to certain crew!

She managed to cover the Med, Caribbean and the Pacific, all on sail boats, the last being a beautiful Swan 82’. The opportunity to spend a month in the Galapagos Islands – “a truly incredible place, abundant in the most amazing wildlife everywhere you look” – was one of the many highlights of her yachting years.

Jacs confesses there is never a dull moment in her role with the constant pace and demands. She enjoys being able to be a part of a team helping clients develop new innovative branding and custom made clothing designed for their individual needs.

She believes uniforms have changed so much in the last few years and people are wanting something more than the norm - “we can provide that something different and I enjoy helping in that creative process”.

She loves everything on top of the water and pretty much nothing that requires going under it!

Now she is a Brit living in “Kiwi-land” she feels the need to develop an interest in rugby and camper vans!

Emma Hendy
Corporate & Superyacht Sales

Emma, who joined Events in September 2011, has grown up on boats and continues to sail competitively in national and international yachting regattas. It has always been a dream of hers to combine her passion for yachting with her love of clothing into a job and Events Clothing has enabled her to do this.  
She has spent the last five years working within the New Zealand and international marine apparel industry, which has allowed her to build up an extensive knowledge base on what is required from clothing on and off the water.    
Emma enjoys working on every project whether big or small and will always ensure the highest result is achieved for the customer - she believes that seeing the customer’s satisfaction when the end result is produced is one of the major highlights of the role.
Helen Thomas
Design/Product Development

Helen is Events Clothing's Designer.

She is passionate about designing and loves the opportunity to design for hundreds of identities rather than just one brand.  Each customer's needs are different which enables her to research all angles of design.  Each day is a whole new set of rules!

She has had throughout her life, in her words, “a career based on left turns, awesome places and people”.

Starting with a fashion degree in the UK, she moved on to work with some big name brands such as Pepe Jeans, Wilson, Umbro, Jigsaw, and Fruit Of The Loom.

In between the design jobs she has worked in South Africa to train as a Safari Guide, spent two amazing years in Botswana, and 3 years teaching art to teenagers of 57 nationalities at an International School in Vanuatu.

After all that she has said there is no more moving for a while as Events is all the weird and wonderful she needs.

As for Helen's New Zealand and nautical experience, she has worked on projects such as Team New Zealand, designing both marine and casual men’s wear for the Line 7 brand before working for Events Clothing.
Verona Cooper
Production Manager/Branding

Verona is Events' Production Manager, Branding Coordinator, and Project Manager.

She is highly skilled in these areas having worked for Events Clothing for 12 years.

She has covered various roles in this time starting out in branding for local production and gradually moving her way through to offshore manufacturing.

She loves the atmosphere of Events clothing and the people, some whom she has known a long time.

Her speciality is problem solving and brand applications.
Kimberley Trigg
Offshore Production

Kim is the Local Production Coordinator for Events, organising stock and special makes with local factories and suppliers.

Kim has a history with clothing having gained a Bachelor of Design in Fashion at AUT and from previous work experience dealing with overseas suppliers.

In her spare time Kim enjoys sewing, proving her real passion for the industry.

Events provides her with a hands on approach to work which is a part of the job she loves along with the friendly people, challenging aspects, and new things she is learning every day.
Jamel Lolohea
Warehouse Supervisor

Jamel is the warehouse supervisor dealing with inwards and outwards goods on a day to day basis.

He enjoys the challenges that arise from this job and also the diversity of the role.

The warehouse can be a stressful place to be at times with all the large orders going out but Jamel always has a smile on his face and can see the fun in everything.