Events Clothing Team

Events Clothing Team


Owen Rutter – Managing Director

Owen has been involved in Ocean Yacht Racing for almost 40 years. Since participating in the 1981 Around the World Race with the late Sir Peter Blake, he has continued to be actively involved in top level international racing and is currently part of the J Class racing circuit. Owen ‘lives’ yachting and his passion and expertise ensures our garments keep crews around the world looking and feeling great.

“I am extremely fortunate to be able to combine my sport and work. I enjoy the challenge of growing a business and racing yachts. None of which would be possible without the help of a fantastic team of people here at Events Clothing. Give us a call you won’t be disappointed.”

Helen Thomas – Design and Product Development

Helen’s ability to design anything from an evening dress to high performance race wear comes from a long and diverse experience of Sportswear, Jeanswear and Retail brands in Europe, Asia, Australia and here in NZ.  Originally from the UK, she has lived and worked in Asia, Botswana, Australia, Vanuatu and now forever, New Zealand. Arriving in 2000, she began work for J Class Marine, moving to Events Clothing in 2009, where she loves the weird and wonderful challenges Events embrace every day.

Sarah Weston – Account Manager – Marine

Sarah joins us fresh from the Super-yacht industry.  Having spent twelve years managing various prestigious yacht interiors around the globe, Sarah brings good working knowledge from the other side of the industry and really appreciates the client’s needs.

Originally from Ireland, Sarah grew up as an expat child and experienced living in different countries before settling in Nice, France.  She studied business and French at university before running away to sea.  She hopes to soon be used to dry land and not feel the need to stow her household during a storm.


Howard George – General Manager

Howard joined Events Clothing in 2014 bringing over 25 years’ experience in the New Zealand apparel industry, in which he has held financial, sales and general management roles. Howard has extensive experience and knowledge of business strategy as well as operational and financial management.

Jacs Campbell – Account Manager – Marine

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!
Jacs helps clients develop new, innovative branding and custom-made clothing designed for their individual needs. “Uniform has changed so much in the last few years and people want something more than the norm, we can provide that service and I enjoy helping in that creative process”.
Jacs loves everything on top of the water and pretty much nothing that requires going under it! Very hard to enjoy the end of week beverage when submersed!

Andjelka Vukotic – Account Manager – Marine

Andjelka’s understanding of European diversity and culture, her multi language skills and fluency in Italian, Russian, Serbian and English, give her a distinct advantage in meeting your needs in getting a clothing solution delivered.
Combine this with her strong experience in marketing & communication, retail, the service side of the 34th America’s Cup and her love for sailing, and you have someone who has a passion for the industry and an understanding what an event or project demands.
Moving to New Zealand in 2013, she has seen why New Zealand always delivers amazing Marine solutions in a Kiwi way, that is world class. She has a passion for travelling and particularly for Italy … or maybe it’s a passion for a good Italian espresso?!