If you've noticed a step change in the sartorial style of the legal types around Auckland, we have one Gabriel Macht, aka Harvey Specter, to thank. The "best goddamn closer in town" from TV show Suits visited the city on a whirlwind trip last week, stopping in at Working Style to meet a group of lucky Lightbox fans that had won the chance to meet the actor. Macht lived up to his character's sartorial reputation, wearing a perfectly tailored suit from Working Style. But unlike the tough-talking serious character of Harvey Specter, Macht was jovial and relaxed, cracking jokes and posing for photos with fans. Online TV streaming service Lightbox was responsible for bringing the star to New Zealand and it seems this has paid off. Lightbox says subscriber numbers have spiked since it was announced Macht was visiting. Working Style too has benefited from the star's visit, with Macht spotted wearing Working Style outfits on most of the days he was here. The menswear store said the team had been working overtime to ensure his outfits - including suits, jackets, trousers and shirts - all fit perfectly, staying up to almost midnight tailoring some of the garments so they were ready for the star's first interviews the next morning. But this may have paid off, with rumours that Macht was looking at buying more Working Style suits, after he was spotted browsing some of the clothing and talking to the manager.

Babich Wines celebrated its 100th birthday in style. Photo / Amos Chapple
Babich Wines celebrated its 100th birthday in style. Photo / Amos Chapple
Belinda Gorman.
Belinda Gorman.

Howdy partner

Microsoft New Zealand announced local winners of the ninth annual Partner Awards at a black tie event in Auckland last Thursday.

The awards recognise excellence in the IT sector from those companies that integrate Microsoft solutions into their products and services.

This year, Microsoft recognised partners in 22 categories that celebrate core partner competencies.

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Winning companies included the likes of Datacom, Intergen, Fujitsu and Revera.

Brent Kendrick, director of Small and Midmarket Solutions, said "Cloud computing continued to dominate entries this year as more businesses look to their IT partners to transform their business with cloud-based services".

Barrie Sheers.
Barrie Sheers.

Microsoft NZ's citizenship lead, Belinda Gorman, and the company's NZ managing director, Barrie Sheers, were at the function.

On the night, $26,000 was also raised for STAND Children's Services in a live charity auction - with one of the highlights of the night being a further $1000 donated to the charity when the auctioneer agreed to do the rest of the auction shirtless.

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