Interior featuring 1960's Italian Side Chair
From the cutting room floor
New Store Opening
This week we opened our Christchurch store in the Midland Club – more commonly known as the Café Roma building – located at 176 Oxford Terrace, fronting the Avon River.
The Italian palazzo-style building was built in the 1930’s to house an exclusive Christchurch men’s club and has been extensively renovated including a meticulous restoration of its pink façade.
I knew instantly that the character building in a precinct rich with creativity was the right home for Crane Brothers. The building encapsulates everything I love about the city. It’s a landmark that I admired as a young man and almost everyone I know in Christchurch has a personal connection with or memory of it.
This is our fourth Crane Brothers store since opening our flagship High St store in Auckland in 2000, a Wellington branch in 2007 and a store in Sydney’s central business district in 2011.
The Christchurch store opening resolves a long-held ambition to have a retail presence in the garden city. Plans were in motion to open prior to the 2010/11 earthquakes, but the disasters meant these had to be put on hold for several years.
Christchurch means a lot to me on a personal level and as a business, we want to contribute to the rebuild and regeneration of the city. With my South Island background, it’s also very important to me to be seen as a national brand.
My roots in Canterbury date back to the arrival of my great, great grandfather George Douglas, a pre-Adamite settler, in 1850. Our family has a long heritage of wool farming in the region with Douglas registering the second wool bale brand issued in Canterbury in 1854.
Highlights of the fit out include a Large Polyhedral Chandelier designed by Carlo Scarpa for Venini in the 1960’s set amongst custom joinery all designed and made by local craftsman and artists; Robin Neate.
Rufus Knight assisted with the interior architecture that has all the hallmarks of a Crane Brothers store.
176 Oxford Terrace
Natural Light is a strong aspect of the interior
Interior detail featuring a 1950's Danish Rosewood Shop Display
Christchurch Manager and shareholder Fraser Bremford
Custom Racking holds our Made in Italy Suits
Business partners in the new Christchurch venture Murray Crane and Fraser Bremford
Original Venini Chandelier