New Zealand’s Rodd & Gunn Brand is Conquering America

first_img A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Editors’ Recommendations Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable Just like Lorde, Russell Crowe and the guys from “Flight of The Conchords,” New Zealand-based men’s lifestyle brand Rodd & Gunn has found impressive success in North America. Debuting Stateside six years ago, it is sold in numerous U.S. boutiques and department stores and recently started opening its own stores in America, including one in Newport Beach, California, and a second one in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn – with more doors coming soon.Affordable, stylish (but not too trendy), and immensely wearable, Rodd & Gunn’s wardrobe-enhancing clothes and accessories are worth more than just a gander. The company’s CEO, Michael Beagley, recently gave The Manual a look at this smart Kiwi label during a visit to its new Brooklyn outpost.How old is Rodd & Gunn?We go back to 1946, but its current form began in 1987. The brand and logo was developed in 1946, but our part really started in 1987. We started out as an outdoor shoots type of business and over a 20-year period we became more of a lifestyle casual brand.Why?Our customer has a great appreciation for going outdoors and enjoying the outdoors, but never has the time to do it. It’s the Range Rover theory, where you buy a Range Rover to go off the road, but you never get off the tarmac. We are a lifestyle brand now and we do everything that meets our customers’ lifestyles, from luggage to shoes to hats and caps – basically every part of a man’s wardrobe.What are your current bestsellers?Our outerwear is not weather-dependent and it has been one of the most surprising categories for me. It’s soft sports coats, jackets, and outerwear.And the next one is footwear. I am absolutely staggered how much footwear we are doing in our own stores and the response we are getting from our wholesale partners. There is a big, huge potential for our footwear. It is all European made and it has a sensibility that fits in with our brand ethos.What is that ethos and what sets Rodd & Gunn apart from other brands?No one else owns a country. We own a country and have stolen New Zealand. Without paying the government anything, we have actually stolen the ethos of the country. One thing that Lord of the Rings did was put New Zealand on the map. A lot of people previously used to think that New Zealand was part of Australia or whatever. New Zealand is clean, green, and a friendly place with one of the lowest levels of corruption in the world. It’s those honest roots that we engender in our a brand.What are the biggest highlights of the current collection?Printed short sleeve shirts have been huge this season. We were pushing short sleeve shirts before the American consumer pushed it as a fashion thing. But at sales meetings the reps would say, “That’s a barbecue shirt.” And we’d say, “No, no. This is fashion.” Now short sleeved printed shirts are on fire. We work with Italian mills we’ve been with for 25 years or more to make them.How big is every collection each season?Bloody big! It’s about 400 different color-style options. In retail we deliver a new story every two weeks and we have a few sprinklings of capsules per year. So new, new, new! We’re not really into fashion but it’s keeping the energy of freshness and letting customers know that we do sell out so they should buy it now.What’s next for the brand?We’ve got a long way to go in America, but we are looking at different countries and are likely to do some things in the UK. But in America we’ve got our own stores in Newport Beach, here in Brooklyn, and we are opening Century City in L.A. in August, La Jolla just north of San Diego in October, and Dallas in early 2018. And then we have other things coming in behind that.Who is the Rodd & Gunn customer, especially in North America versus New Zealand?Our demographic is slightly younger here than we are in Australia, which is slightly younger than we are in New Zealand. But the core consumer is the guy who wants to dress up and wants to dress down, has a relaxed attitude toward life, and is not hassled by things. It caters to his lifestyle and it is sort of ageless in lots of ways. You can be 74 or 25.From a fit point of view, we can do that more fitted European look without being as extreme as Europe. I think that one of the things that we’ve got is a mix between Europe and America that we’ve been seeing through our Southern Hemisphere eyes. So our point of view is different from everyone else’s. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream last_img read more

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Foxconn buys building across street from Wisconsin Capitol

MADISON, Wis. — Foxconn Technology Group announced Friday it was buying a six-story office building across the street from Wisconsin’s state capitol to house an off-campus research centre it will run as part of a partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison.The purchase is the latest in a string of buildings Foxconn has acquired in Racine, Green Bay, Milwaukee and Eau Claire as it expands its reach across Wisconsin beyond its massive campus in the southeast part of the state.The Taiwanese-based company is the world’s largest electronics provider, with Apple, Google and Amazon all as customers. Foxconn has said it will build a manufacturing facility in Wisconsin to make liquid crystal display screens for cellphones, tablets, televisions and other devices.Foxconn has said that campus will employ 13,000 people and cost $10 billion, which would net the company about $4.5 billion in state and local tax credits. Construction of the manufacturing facility was to begin this year and is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2020.But critics of the deal, struck with the help of President Donald Trump who came for a groundbreaking ceremony, have questioned whether Foxconn will follow through as promised.Speaking to an audience that included officials with Gov. Tony Evers’ administration, the president of the University of Wisconsin System and other business and government leaders in Wisconsin, Foxconn’s Alan Yeung addressed concerns about its plans for the Madison building.“Foxconn will be a good neighbour and I can also assure you that building will not be an empty building,” Yeung said to a smattering of nervous laughs.Yeung, a UW graduate and Foxconn’s director of U.S. strategic initiatives, later told reporters the buildings have to be “adequate and well-equipped” before workers move in.“We don’t actually make an effort to acquire buildings to leave them empty,” he said. “We do have a plan.”Yeung would not say how many people he expected would be working at the Madison office, dubbed Foxconn Place, but said it would be “sizable.” He said Foxconn would have employees there by the end of the year.Foxconn and UW-Madison last summer announced a collaboration under which Foxconn promised to invest $100 million in engineering and innovation research, if the university came up with an equal amount. Part of that deal including constructing a new College of Engineering building and also having an off-campus site, which would be the building across from the Capitol.Foxconn said UW-Madison students along with staff, faculty and researchers would collaborate to support research and development initiatives in various areas, including medicine and computer and data sciences.BMO Harris Bank owns the six-story building Foxconn was buying and operates a branch on the main level that will remain along with its roughly 100 employees.Yeung and BMO Harrison U.S. CEO David Casper declined to discuss terms of the sale, including how much Foxconn paid and how much space in the 55,000-square-foot building it would occupy. City records put the value of the property at about $5 million.The sale has not closed yet, but Yeung and Casper both said it was imminent.Foxconn has also purchased a building in Milwaukee for its North American headquarters and buildings in Green Bay, Eau Claire and Racine for innovation centres.___Follow Scott Bauer on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sbauerAPScott Bauer, The Associated Press read more

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Atletico Madrid beat Valladolid keep pressure on Barcelona

On the weekend, the Spanish ASOBAL recommenced after the winter break. In the most interesting game of the round, Atletico Madrid took an important victory against Valladolid with 28:22. The first half ended with Valladolid leading 11:10, but in the 2nd half Atletico showed their strength and why they are consecutive ASOBAL champions, and made a big turnaround of the result, winning in the end with 28:22. Entrerrios and Lazarov were the leading scorers for Atletico with 5 goals each, while Joli and Nikcevic were the leaders among the domestic team with 6 and 5 goals each, respectively.In the other games, Barcelona took an easy win against La Rioja with 32:22, Granollers beat Anaitasuna with 33:24, while Torrevieja and Ademar shared points, 22:22.Table:1 FC Barcelona Intersport 322 BM. Atlético 303 Reale Ademar León 224 Cuatro Rayas BM Valladolid 215 Caja3 BM 186 Ciudad Encantada 177 Torrevieja 168 Naturhouse La Rioja 169 Academia Octavio 1510 Fraikin BM Granollers 1311 AMAYA Sport San Antonio 1212 Quabit BM Guadalajara 1213 Helvetia Anaitasuna 1114 Huesca 815 Antequera 716 Alser Puerto Sagunto 6 ← Previous Story AG Kobenhavn wins Danish Cup! Next Story → Almost 7000 votes for EHF EURO 2012 Best Player: Lazarov leads ahead of Csaszar! read more

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