Ethically designed and crafted in Canterbury, NZ

Rolleston, New Zealand

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Nin McKay

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Nin McKay

About SailorSpy

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On Etsy since 2010

Extraordinary design for Extraordinary people

The Sailor Spy woman has her own style - she isn't about fads or disposable fashion, she buys pieces that flatter her figure and give more than a season of faithful service.

She looks for pieces that have unique or intriguing elements of design - expressing the fact that she is extraordinary.

The label has a real focus on sustainable design through judicious use of resources:
• Vintage fabrics and trims are up-cycled and reimagined in a modern way.
• Waste has been minimised or eliminated from the design and production processes; and
• Local suppliers who have adopted sustainable practice within their own operations are used.

Sailor Spy’s vision is to deliver an original NZ made product at a reasonable cost, but still respect the environment; the maker by paying a fair wage; and in the end - respect you, the person who chooses quality over quantity.

Shop members

  • Nin McKay

    Owner, Designer

    My work is made for you with heart and integrity, I stand proudly behind it. I graduated Massey University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Design(Fashion). I live in Canterbury, NZ with my husband and daughter.

  • Miriam

    Fit Model

Shop policies

Last updated on May 21, 2012
Sailor Spy is for women who think sustainably and spend mindfully.

Her style is about lasting quality pieces, made locally with unique design elements and gorgeous fabrics.

I design pieces that look good whatever your lifestyle in which you feel beautiful, unique, classy and sexy.

Accepted payment methods

Returns and exchanges
All sales are final – we are unable to accept a return because you have changed your mind so please choose carefully.

Returns for faulty or wrongly sent items may return to us within 1 month of purchase, provided it is received in the original condition it was sent, with tags. You may also request to exchange a garment for another size or colour (subject to availability). Please email us through our contacts page and we will organise this for you.

This policy fulfils our obligations under the New Zealand Fair Trading Act 1986 and the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993
I accept Paypal on this site. You do not need to have a Paypal account setup to use this service and it is a secure way to pay.

There is also the option for New Zealand customers to pay via via direct credit. For international customers would would prefer not to use paypal, please convo me your request and we can organise something for you.
Made to Order versus Ready to Ship:

Generally my pieces are read to ship and are packaged and sent within 24 hours of your order.

Made to Order items are expressly stated as such and a time frame is indicated within the listing. Please consider this time frame before you place your order. If you have need of a garment urgently, you're welcome to contact us to discuss.

All items are shipped via New Zealand Couriers and will be delivered overnight to most cities. Please note that Rural Delivery in New Zealand incurs an additional charge of $3 per order and you will need to allow an extra 1-2 days for delivery. Orders cannot be shipped until the correct amount of postage has been received.

I will email confirmation your order has been shipped and providing you with a tracking number. Insurance is included in the postage cost, should your order fail to be delivered for any reason, please contact us to arrange a replacement or refund.

For international orders, please contact me prior to placing your order so that we can confirm the best shipping rate for you.
Additional policies and FAQs
Additional Policies and FAQs
We are open to custom orders and provide a fitting and alteration service on our garments for a small additional charge (you need to be able to attend fittings at our Christchurch based studio). Please email us through the contacts page to make an appointment.

Wholesale enquiries are welcomed. Please convo me for more information.

These terms and conditions may be subject to change without notice. Last updated May 2012