Timeless goods with a social conscience to inspire the enjoyment of being outdoors.

Based in New Zealand, Common Goods aims to help people discover the joy of adventure and living slowly. During some time spent around a campfire years ago, we hatched a plan to share a different way of spending time outdoors, with a good quality kit and simple essentials that last. At the core of our business is a strong focus on giving back and we make sure that 5% of each purchase is donated to an important cause.

The New Waxed Canvas Rucksack

It's finally here. Meet our take on the classic roll-top backpack. Designed to wear and last, it's made from heavy duty 16oz waxed canvas with extra thick 2.4mm vegetable tanned leather and solid brass hardware. Every feature has been thoroughly considered to maximise its lifespan.

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Conversations w/ Good People: Nobuko Okamoto

The word ‘Kintsugi’ has quite a simple, literal meaning. Kin means gold and tsugi means to join or fix. Christchurch creative Nobuko Okamoto has been practising Kintsugi for over seven years and still considers herself a novice in the art. Alongside her studies and work, she’s been fixing ceramic pieces for clients here in New Zealand for about a year now. We visit her in her home studio to chat about the slow and delicate process of Kintsugi and what she loves most about it.

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Conversations w/ Good People: Michael Gilling

Michael Gilling has been designing and crafting wooden things since he was a little boy. From his first toy boat to recent commercial projects under his business XYLO Woodcraft, Michael has always shown an eye for detail and simplistic form. Despite his talent and achievements, he's also one of the most down to earth people around. We sat down with him to chat about his passion for good craft and what he's been working on.

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Conversations w/ Good People: Dominic Ellett

Dominic Ellett is passionate about heritage and workwear, and clearly has an eye for curating some of the coolest brands and products around town. We sat down with the man behind Indigo & Provisions to chat about how things began for our favourite Arts Centre store and some essential pieces we should be picking up this Winter.

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Knife Making in Barrytown

Thirty years ago, Robyn and Steven Martin chose Barrytown as their home and 15 years later they started offering workshops for people to make their own knives out of a piece of red hot steel. As Steven puts it, “most people make their living clacking away on a computer, and there's very few people who get an opportunity to get a chunk of red hot steel and whomp it, it’s enormously satisfying”.

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