So, Katinka, tell us about ya'self...
Well what can I say about ma'self, I am from Canada originally, having emigrated here in 2017 on a whim - fast forward 5 years and this is now the place I call home! Having grown up on a farm in Northern Ontario, I've spent most of my life loving animals, nature and the outdoors, and one thing I love about New Zealand is camping without fear of running into a bear or wolf! It's a much more relaxing experience to hear rustling outside my tent and know it's likely a possum or hopefully a curious kiwi. I've always had a thing for good kit to make my life better outside, so naturally I was drawn to Cactus!
Which Cactus product would you describe yourself as, and why?I would describe myself as the red check Flannel Shirt - it's the most authentic looking Canadian lumberjack style shirt and it reminds me of home! Very classic style and timeless like my sense of humour.
I would say the Ruckus Backpack, I never travel anywhere without a bag as I like to be prepared for any situation (hello 4 seasons in one day, thanks Wellington).. so it's the perfect bag for me! It's super functional yet has a simple look that suits any outing.
Well this year has been a pretty big one so far to be honest! I bought my first home, eloped in the mountains, got this epic new job and welcomed the cutest little cloud of a dog into my life :) I think right now I'm looking forward to settling into home ownership and building a deck! Some Trade Supertrousers will come in handy for that as I get deeper into some DIY home projects. I'm also hugely involved in the industrial hemp industry in New Zealand and have a little side hustle promoting all the epic things Kiwi's are making with hemp - from food to fibre and clothing, to skin care and more! It's a pretty miraculous plant. You can check it out at www.hemphub.co.nz
I'm pretty keen on a matching red flannel for my dog, he could use a uniform piece for the days he comes to work with me! Or anything incorporating hemp into our fabric would be epic and a win for the planet!
Can you give us a sneak peak of the Welly store renos?
Yeah, sure! It's super spacious now and it feels great to spread out and show the gear in all its glory.