Dame Trelise Cooper is an internationally renowned fashion designer from New Zealand. Photo/Norrie Montgomery
A florist has admitted receiving some of the thousands of items of clothing stolen from fashion designer Dame Trelise Cooper’s office in a major burglary.
Nicholas James Bush was jailed earlier this month for breaking into Cooper’s Newmarket office in October 2020 and stealing nearly $1 million worth of high-end clothing.
The burglary meant the internationally acclaimed designer lost all of her Spring and Summer 2021 samples.
Court documents show that between 6 p.m. on October 17 and 8:30 a.m. on October 19, some 2,000 pieces of clothing, worth around $887,612, were stolen.
It was alleged that Andrea Edwards, a florist, and two other people received some of the items.
Edwards and another woman were arrested alongside Bush in November 2020 after police raided a property in central Auckland.
She was due to stand trial this morning for knowingly receiving the stolen clothes, but instead pleaded guilty in Auckland District Court before Judge Kirsten Lummis.
She admitted receiving $136,780 worth of items.
Meanwhile, a cake decorator and private investigator, Kathy Yu-Jen Stephens, is due to stand trial on Wednesday. She denies receiving a relatively small portion of the clothing, including two jackets and dresses.
A fourth person, a woman in her 20s, was also charged last May with allegedly receiving part of the clothing.
None of those charged by police in this case have any connection to Cooper or his company.
Additional reporting by Sam Hurley and Craig Kapitan