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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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle greet crowds on Cardiff visit after train

first_imgCamilla the 10-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel wore a headband with American flags on, as well as a veil, to meet Harry and his bride-to-be.”It is wonderfully exciting,” Anne Dale, 60, said. “I just can’t wait to meet them and Camilla will see them too. They just look lovely together.” Julie Feehan, 50, is throwing her son Gregory a royal-wedding themed 18th birthday party – as his birthday falls on May 19.”We’re having a big celebration and dressing up for the occasion,” Mrs Feehan said. Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle shake hands with children as they arrive to a walkabout in CardiffCredit:Chris Jackson /Getty It does this by supporting and establishing over 1,000 local organisations around the UK to deliver doorstep sport in disadvantaged communities.During their visit the couple will meet young people taking part in various doorstep sessions, including street dance and table tennis. A few months into the relationship, Harry said he had to have “some pretty frank conversations” with Meghan about how her life may change when she entered the royal family. “Gregory wants to go out with the boys but has to do this first. It’s so exciting that it falls on the same day.”‘All the stars were aligned’: How the couple metAfter announcing their engagement, the couple gave an insight into their 16-month romance in a BBC interview – and described how they met on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.Ms Markle told how she could not wait to say “yes” to the prince when Harry got down on one knee a few weeks ago as they cooked a roast chicken dinner at his home, Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.Indicating the depths of his feeling for his bride-to-be, Prince Harry said: “The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was sort of confirmation to me that everything, all the stars were aligned, everything was just perfect.”It was this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life.” Full interview: Harry and Meghan reveal engagement joy Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The prince and Ms Markle will then travel on to Star Hub, a community and leisure centre in the Tremorfa area of the city to see how sport is being used to engage young people and aid social development. Later they will see how StreetGames, a delivery partner of Sport Wales and the Welsh Government and an organisation with which Harry has worked, is helping to make sport accessible to all young people, regardless of their social circumstances.  Meghan Markle arrives to a walkabout at Cardiff Castle The Cardiff visit follows on from successful visits the pair have made to Nottingham and Brixton in south London.Inside the castle, Cardiff’s landmark building with a history dating back over 1,000 years, the couple will tour a Welsh culture festival.They will hear performances from musicians and poets, meet leading sportsmen and women, and see how organisations are working to promote the Welsh language and cultural identity. Meghan Markle arrives to a walkabout at Cardiff CastleCredit:Chris Jackson /Getty He added: “But I know that at the end of the day she chooses me, and I choose her, and therefore whatever we have to tackle together or individually we’ll always be us together as a team, so I think she’s capable… she’s capable of anything.” Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle sign autographs and shake hands with children as they arrive to a walkabout at Cardiff Castle  They will also meet young women involved with the UsGirls project, set up with the aim of encouraging female participation in sports across the UK and tackling the barriers that prevent many girls and young women from taking part in physical activity. Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle shake hands with children as they arrive to a walkabout Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle sign autographs and shake hands with children as they arrive to a walkabout at Cardiff Castle Credit:Chris Jackson/Getty Images Europe A police sniffer dog at work in front of members of the public awaiting the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle “Prince Harry has always been special to the people who have lived through the Diana years, as I have. I just want to see him happy, and to see her. It is a great atmosphere here.” Welsh hat, American flag: Excited members of the public await the couple's arrival The couple disclosed that Ms Markle had met the Queen twice, an individual she described as an “incredible woman”.The former Suits star was also a big hit with the Queen’s beloved corgis, with the prince joking: “I’ve spent the last 33 years being barked at; this one walks in, absolutely nothing…” Welsh hat, American flag: Excited members of the public await the couple’s arrivalCredit:Andrew Matthews /PA Welsh flags held aloft ahead of the arrival of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Eleanor Davies, 63, from Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, said: “I’ve seen other members of the royal family before but not Harry. It is so exciting to have them in Wales.”Iris Bishop, 60, Linda Nubert, 67, and Pamela Lloyd, 68, all from Cardiff, held a Welsh flag and wore dragon brooches for the visit.”I think it is lovely that they thought to come here before their marriage,” Mrs Bishop said. “It is an early gift for us. We are big royal fans.” Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle have arrived in Cardiff to celebrate the people, culture and heritage of Wales – around an hour late due to a train delay.The US actress will get another taste of her future life as a member of the monarchy on their Welsh away-day with a walkabout outside Cardiff Castle.The smiling couple shook hands with dignitaries at Cardiff Castle as they began their day of engagements in the city. Fans arrive from 7am to glimpse Harry and MeghanRoyal well-wishers began arriving as early as 7am at Cardiff Castle.June Haws, from Llandaff, Cardiff, brought Harry and Ms Markle a Welsh Love Spoon made from pewter to celebrate their upcoming wedding.The custom of carving and giving Love Spoons dates back centuries in Wales, with young men gifting them as a token of their affection.”It is engraved with a Welsh dragon, daffodils and wedding bells,” Mrs Haws said. Welsh flags held aloft ahead of the arrival of Meghan Markle and Prince HarryCredit:Frank Augstein /AP A police sniffer dog at work in front of members of the public awaiting the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan MarkleCredit:Andrew Matthews /PA The couple smile as they arrive in Cardiff after a delayed journey The couple smile as they arrive in Cardiff after a delayed journeyCredit:Aaron Chown /PA Harry Smith and Megan Taylor both from Marlborough Primary School, present a wedding gift to the royal coupleCredit: Ben Birchall/PA Harry Smith and Megan Taylor both from Marlborough Primary School, present a wedding gift to the royal couple The Prince and the former actress, whose train was delayed due to a track fault, waved at the crowds and greeted well-wishers. Harry is taking his American bride-to-be on a tour of the UK’s towns and cities in the months leading up to their wedding to introduce her to new home.last_img read more

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