“Beautifully understated knitwear that celebrates liberation and gives you the freedom to be yourself. No dictatorship, no confinement. Each piece is designed to compliment your unique style, naturally fit your body and effortlessly enhance who you already are. Every garment only finds its full potential once united with its owner.”
Women celebrating Victory in Europe, Lambton Quay, Wellington, May 1945. Quote and image from the Nineteen//46 website
Nineteen//46 under the name Silverdale was originally founded back in the depression era of the 1930’s in Dannevirke. The gentleman who founded it, English immigrant Mr E.A. Antcliff bred Angora rabbits and looking for ways to to feed the family, he spun the wool from the rabbits and made a few garments with the help of his wife and two sons, these garments were sold from house to house.
The business grew and after a brief hiatus during the Second World War when his sons were away, he moved the family and the factory to Levin in 1946 where the Silverdale brand and company was registered. They pioneered a factory of 15 employees and in those days there would not have been a store that didn’t carry the Silverdale label, synonymous with quality!
In 1967 the founder Mr E.A. Antcliff passed away and his sons carried on the company for a number of years before handing it to the Mill Manager Maurice Cotterill. In 2006, Warren Cotterill took over. Maurice is still in the factory “on a daily basis with a great sense if humour” says Bronwyn Echibaum the knitwear designer.
You can view our Nineteen//46 knitwear collection here.