It is always good to catch up with ex-staff members whilst travelling and seeing how they are going.
We spend so much time working with these people and its great to remain friends with them all. The Crane Brothers alumni is scattered all over the globe and this trip I caught up with them in Florence, Paris and London.
Isaac Hindin Miller worked for me as a very young man and over the years his eponymous blog Isaac Likes has become a serious and respected venture. He is flown around the world to cover fashion events and paid handsomely for his efforts; I caught up with him in Florence where we ate gelato and shot the breeze. Isaac will be in New Zealand next month for NZ Fashion Week.
Robert Niwa worked in our High Street store for over 10 years. Rob remains a really close friend and I caught up with him in Paris for the day where he was working the week for Louis Vuitton. We hung out for the day and did what we did best: shopped, drank and ate some good food.
Aidan Keen recently left our Wellington store for London and is working at Drakes flagship store in the heart of Savile Row. He managed to sell me a pair of shoes and we caught up for a pint at the Burlington Arms, he's taken to it like a fish to water, or beer to be more precise.
All the team past and present are passionate about what they do and it's great to see so many of them have remained in the industry and are excelling in their chosen fields.