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Born in Prishtina, Kosovo, Blerta Rakovica first came to New Zealand in 2000 with her family.  Speaking no english and knowing few people, she overcame many obstacles, seeing them only as stepping stones to her future success.,

After studying fine arts at the Whitecliff College of Arts Blerta set up her first business, a graphic design studio, but a chance meeting with an old friend changed the trajectory from a career in graphic design to one in hospitality.  Given the opportunity to take over a struggling restaurant in the suburb of Remuera, Blerta went to work building an empire that has now spanned the ownership of three successful hospitality experiences and driven her to open Tosca Espresso Bar, her latest industry foray.

With a passion for people, the move into hospitality was the right fit, and the potential that Blerta saw was too much to pass up.  With her latest venture at Tosca, you can really feel her love for all elements of hospitality coming through.  It is warm and inviting and fast becoming a destination for locals to meet, sit and enjoy the experience beyond just coffee.

To meet Blerta is to love her.  Her smile is infectious, her service impeccable and her coffee hits the spot, every time.  A true self-made woman, she has taught us here at Maman so many lessons in perseverance, staying true to your goals and never giving up in the face of adversary.  As a mother of three children her daily juggle is one she carries with such ease and poise, a lesson in composure, even when Tosca is a constant stream of customers, she is unflappable and assured, always with that infamous smile on her face.


 Introducing Blerta Rakovica

Hospitality and Graphic Design 

Blerta Rakovica

Owner of Tosca Espresso Bar in Remuera and a Graphic Designer.

What inspires you:
My family.

What are your Favourite Maman Brands:
RIXO, Misa and Anine Bing.

What was your last purchase at Maman:
Anine Bing Rory Jacket in the vintage blue.

Go to Outfit:
A classic jean or pant worn with one of my white Anine Bing T-shirts from Maman.

Fashion Mantra:
Classy and Fab!

Style Inspiration/Fashion Icon:
Audrey Hepburn, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Lisa Olsson.

Last thing you googled:
How to get rid of candle wax from a linen tablecloth.

Last book you read:
“The Book of Moods” by Lauren Martin.

A day in the life of Blerta looks like:
I wake up at 5am to get ready for work at around 6am. I love working at the cafe, I love the smell of freshly brewed coffee and the background noises of people chatting. We get to be creative with latte art and presentation. Even though I almost always go home with hazelnut syrup on my arms and smelling like I fell into a coffee pot, working at the cafe is the best and most fun job. At 3pm I pick up my kids from school and then it's all go, swimming, rugby, netball etc. Three time a week I try and do an online Pilates session with Laura Mohi from Wild Pilates in Remuera. By 9pm I unwind with a tea in one hand and a magazine in the other or I listen to a useful Podcast.

Favourite Instagram Accounts to follow:
Oh my gosh I have so many great inspirational accounts I follow but I love @dualipa and @ReneRedzepiNoma who is one of the best chefs in the world.

What’s in your handbag right now:
Aesop hand cream, Lip balm, HIS & HER scents by Who is Elijah from MAMAN, “Me” Pads and water.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without:
Definitely coffee and my family.

What is the most precious thing in your wardrobe:
All the amazing dresses I have purchased over the last five years  from Maman.

What fashion piece from Maman are you currently lusting after:
The whole entire shop haha!!

What’s the biggest fashion mistake you’ve ever made:
Definitely in my early teens or you can ask my sisters about my gothic phase!

What are you doing for the rest of the day:
I am at home and have just finished dinner. After I answer all the question I will have my favourite Turmeric Tea from Webster’s Tea and go through some fashion/interior magazines before bed.

Current song on rotate:
Dance Away These Days by Harper Finn and also Roses by GASHI

Are you a ‘wish list’ or and ‘add to cart’ kind of girl:
A bit of both.

Last picture you took on your phone:
A photo of my three beautiful children.

Best compliment you have ever received:
I constantly get compliments about how young I look especially when they learn I’m a mother of three kids!

Who would you most like to be stuck in an elevator with:
No one....elevators make me feel claustrophobic!

Favourite quote or saying:
Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.

What’s the best advice your Mum has given you:
Don’t waste food!

Perfect Holiday Destination:
Sicily, Italy and South Albania.

Last words:
I appreciate all the support from Kate and Emma, especially the trip we took to Melbourne. I will never  forget, best time ever.

Location: Maman Boutique and Remuera Precinct

Photographer: Jono Parker

Styling: Blerta Rakovica

Hair: Hare & Hunter

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