There’s nothing I love more than some ballsy expansion in the face of worldwide economic turmoil. So I take off my hat to Karen Walker, Stephen Marr and Dan Gosling for banding together to create something quite unconventionally traditional – a department store. It’s the first one to be established here in Auckland for 100 years and I must say it all sounds very exciting. Besides some retail movers and shakers in Ponsonby and Newmarket, Auckland’s been a bit dead of late – so thank the lord that a few people are making some moves!
Based on the concept of high end department stores like Collette in Paris and 10 Corso Como in Milan, The Department Store will house a selection of fashion – Karen Walker, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Ksubi, Surface to Air; beauty – Stephen Marr, Lucy and the Powder Room and The Marr Lab (a new beauty store focussing on toxic-free products including Lucy Marr’s new skincare brand SANS); rotating art exhibitions – the first from Michael Lett Gallery (Michael Parekowhai, Derek Henderson et al); interiors – Simon James Design; and frequent pop up stores – the first of which will be my favourite store in all of New Zealand, Flotsam and Jetsam.
Did I mention it’s in Takapuna? – but about 100 metres off the beaten track. There’s no denying The Shore could do with something a bit fresh. And it’s all designed by Katie Lockhart. Well that was a whole bunch of information for your Tuesday. Last but not least, The Department Store will officially open on 16 October 2009. I’ll be there.
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