Photo: Katherine Lowe
Nine years ago, in 2003, Murray Crane gave me my first job in menswear. I was a retail assistant at his brand new Newmarket store and worked there a few days a week while I was at university. When the Newmarket store closed, I went to the High Street store for a while, then the Richmond Road store for a long stint, and spent countless hours ironing shirts in the workroom and delivering stock to Crane Brothers in a white column-shift van. I’ve stayed in touch with Murray over the years, and his collections, made-to-measure suits and tailored cotton pants have been regular topics covered on my blog. I like to think we have complementary aesthetics, and we’ve exchanged a few thousand emails about the state of menswear over the years.
When Little Brother moved to Barkers back in 2009, I was fascinated to see how a much-loved boutique label would translate to being sold alongside a mass-produced chainstore brand. The first couple of seasons were pretty safe, the next couple got a bit more adventurous, we did a collaboration last Summer, then there was the huge success of that duffel coat in Winter just been. The offering keeps getting better and better, and I now have a vested interest in that being the case.
Yesterday, on my second to last day in New Zealand, I was appointed Creative Director of Little Brother. It’s a job I’ve wanted for about 12 years – back when I used to live in Christchurch, I’d come to Auckland for holidays and hang around the original Ponsonby Road Little Brother store until there wasn’t a piece I hadn’t tried on. Then I’d go back the next day in case anything new had come in. I’m a long term fan and I’m incredibly excited to be re-joining the company after a six year hiatus.
My first collection designed alongside Murray Crane for Little Brother will be Spring/Summer 2012/2013, and we’re getting started on it next week. The best bit is that I get to do it from New York City. It’s literally my dream job and I cannot wait to get cracking. Wish me luck!
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