Crane Brothers / by Nat Voisey


Founder of contemporary men’s tailoring business Crane Brothers is an ardent supporter of heritage and the arts, He 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 in Christchurch has a personal connection with or memory of.”

This the fourth store for Crane who launched his flagship High St store in Auckland in 2000, opened a Wellington branch in 2007 and cemented his trans-Tasman presence with a store in Sydney’s central business district in 2011. 

The confirmation of the Christchurch store resolves a long-held ambition by Crane, a Cantabrian, to have a retail presence in the garden city. Plans were in motion to open prior to the devastating 2010/11 earthquakes but the dual disasters meant these had to be put on hold for several years.