Denise along with Francis Hooper launched, what is known today as New Zealand's most progressive and philanthropic fashion brand.
She was the first female Fashion Designer to be recognised by Queen Elizabeth II and awarded with being made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (formerly an MBE) in 2002.
Denise is a published author, and her autobiography, entitled 'All that Glitters...' went straight to number two on the Bestsellers List of 2008.
Denise is an Ambassador for the Diabetes Foundation Auckland, an Ambassador for the IHC Art Awards, and the Mental Health Foundation.
2015 also saw WORLD become the first fashion brand globally to be endorsed by the United Nations for their international T-shirt design that was launched in New York for the Global Goals, which is a 15 year project covering the major issues facing the next generation.