After 68 years of trading, Bob Shepherd Menswear will be closing its doors and handing over to one of New Zealand’s fastest growing menswear retail brands, Rembrandt, following the opening of its first South Island store in Dunedin later this month.
The changing of hands follows a lengthy history between the two brands, which have worked alongside each other since both established in 1946, and will see a refreshed focus for the tailoring outfit.
Rembrandt’s head offices in Wellington, houses the last tailoring factory of its type in either Australia or New Zealand. The company has been supplying expertly crafted garments to stores across New Zealand including Bob Shepherd for more than 60 years.
Rembrandt retail manager Chris Harford said the rapidly changing nature of retail and consumer behaviour has demanded a change of focus in the industry and Rembrandt has structured its business accordingly.
In the last three years, Rembrandt has developed an omni-channel retail presence including a growing online shop, three stores in Sydney, four in Auckland and the Dunedin store being its first in the South Island.