About us

Hello there!

Welcome to a world of blank canvases – quality garments designed for embellishment.

We’re passionate about ‘brandable’ apparel; we believe great uniforms and teamwear can help create a sense of pride, identity and belonging.
And when that happens, not only do people look great, they feel great too.

So we design our clothing to achieve the optimal marriage of quality, fit, and ‘brandability’.

 

Brandability.

Unlike some retail garments, each Aurora and Cloke style is designed to be branded using either screenprinting, embroidery or other embellishment methods.
Our screenprint-ready garments – hoodies and tees in particular – are manufactured from tight-knit fabric which creates a smooth surface for crisp, clear print results. This fabric is dyed using specialty, non-solvent dyes that are designed not to bleed into your print.

All styles can be embroidered; this is particularly effective on our jackets and knitwear, which are constructed of robust fabrics designed to handle the needling of the embroidery machine without undermining the integrity of the garment. Many of our jackets feature a separate lining with embroidery access – this means the back side of the embroidery is concealed, making the inside of the garment remain as perfectly finished as the outside.

 

In stock.

Most garments on this site are usually available off-the-shelf, for overnight delivery within NZ, and with no minimum order requirements.
(Minimums may apply for embellishment – check with your decorator for details.)

 

History.
We go back to 1966, when Grandpa began making clothing in downtown Auckland: Dress garments including suits, shirts and more.

In a tiny warehouse upstairs in Queen Street, there was barely enough room to cram in a cutting table, some racking for fabric, a few shelves for finished goods – and a jug for the instant coffee.
However there was ample space for creativity, detail and quality:  Banbury Cross soon became recognized as a high-class children’s label.

Fast forward to the late 90’s – times and fashions had changed, and we were reinventing ourselves to focus on activewear, particularly blank sweatshirts and hoodies, designed to be screenprinted.  We had also begun to manufacture off-shore, using factories that shared our ethical and quality standards.

Today our range has broadened further to include other ‘brandable’ apparel: Jackets, Fleece, T-shirts, and more.
Although the range is bigger, our core values haven’t changed.  They’re pretty simple but powerful:
– Do things right
– Do the right thing

Anyway, that’s enough about us.  Check out the garments and have a great day.