Kiriawa is a boutique leather goods company based in Wellington, New Zealand.
My name is Darin Gordine. I am a mixed race descendant of the indigenous Maori people and later settlers to New Zealand of European heritage. My Iwi or tribe are the mighty Ngati Porou from the East Cape of the North Island. I grew up in Hastings, Hawkes Bay.
Having trained as a fashion designer at Wanganui Polytechnic, I was lucky enough to land a job in the costume props department of a production company in Auckland as a costume props technician for the 'Xena - Warrior Princess' and 'Hercules - The Legendary Journeys' television shows. It was there that I was first introduced to leather working. In 1998 I joined the highly acclaimed Weta Workshop team and have been collaborating my leather working skills with the talent of their amazing designers and skilled technicians in bringing to life leather costumes, armour, and weapons rigs ever since.
I have been privileged to work on some great film projects with Sir Richard Taylor and his incredibly talented team over the years including - ‘The lord of the Rings' trilogy; ‘The Chronicles of Narnia-The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe’, ‘Prince Caspian’, and ‘The Dawn Treader’; ‘The Last Samurai’; 'District 9'; ‘Avatar’; The ‘Hobbit’ trilogy; 'Power Rangers'; 'Thor Ragnarok'; 'Warcraft'; 'Pacific Rim - Uprising' and most recently Disney's live action remake of 'Mulan'. This unique and varied environment has been a wonderfully creative backdrop for me to develop my own leather taonga or treasures over time.
I personally design, cut, emboss, dye, age, polish, stitch and assemble, every leather item available on this website. Items are individually made to order so please expect delivery to take around 7 - 14 days from when your order is received. I am also open to taking on commission work - so whether its your design or mine - please feel free to email me to discuss your ideas.
'Kiri' is the Maori word for skin, bark or leather. 'Awa' is the Maori word for a river, a furrow or a groove. By joining the two together 'KIRIAWA' becomes a new word for decorated or embossed leather.
Nau mai haere mai ki a koutou katoa