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The 2017 Retail Yearbook: Part three

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  • January 2, 2018
The 2017 Retail Yearbook: Part three

Here's part three of the Retail Yearbook series, which includes Most Rock'n'roll Brand, Best Brand Mascot and the Phoenix Award. 

Most rock’n roll brand – Winner: iLabb
Runner-up: Container Door

Even among other streetwear and sports gear companies, there’s no corporate identity quite like iLabb’s. The 10-year-old apparel retailer was founded as a motocross-inspired decal and casual apparel brand in 2007, developing into the apparel market initially as a result of a marketing technique for the decal brand. The company kept its irreverent, cheeky sense of humour as it grew into a major brand with a North American presence and 90 stockists across New Zealand and Australia.

The ‘phoenix’ award for a dramatic return to form – Winner: Kathmandu
Runner-up: Banks Group, a 79-year-old family business which was sold by its receivers to a group of investors led by the son of its former director.

This year has been one of prosperity for Kathmandu, which turned 30. After a takeover crisis in 2015 saw EBITDA down 36.5 percent, the company turned profit on its head in both 2016 and this year. Now, Kathmandu is New Zealand’s go-to outdoor retailer, with half year profit rising 13 percent and shares rising 1.8 percent compared to 2016. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Kathmandu re-designed some of its iconic pieces, and over the year-long celebration encouraged customers to share their stories online of their adventures with Kathmandu items over the years.

The best brand mascot award – Winner: Junk & Disorderly’s “Adam”
Runner-up: Pak’n Save’s “Stickman”

Auckland second-hand and antique goods store Junk & Disorderly attracts droves of loyal shoppers through its artful arrangement of eye-catching oddities. Among the most reliably unusual is the sight of its anatomically-correct mannequin mascot Adam, who can be found sprawled on couches; lounging in a hammock; packed into trucks of new stock; sporting various vintage headwear and even, with a pair of shorts rendering him appropriate for younger viewers, appearing on The Block.

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Kathmandu appoints vice president of sales and marketing for North America

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  • July 17, 2018
  • Sarah Dunn
Kathmandu appoints vice president of sales and marketing for North America

Kiwi outdoor gear retailer Kathmandu has appointed Bill Chandler to the newly-created position of vice president of sales and marketing, Kathmandu North America.

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Several designers announced for New Zealand Fashion Week

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  • July 17, 2018
Several designers announced for New Zealand Fashion Week

Alongside the announcement of Turet Knuefermann opening for New Zealand Fashion Week, the week-long fashion exhibition includes several other big names of New Zealand designers, including first launches and classic returns.

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How businesses are celebrating Matariki

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  • July 17, 2018
  • StopPress Team
How businesses are celebrating Matariki

The Maori New Year is increasing in cultural prominence each year, and some say it's only a matter of time before it becomes an official holiday. Here's how some Kiwi businesses market Matariki this year.

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Stolen Spirits co-founder Jamie Duff launches a new fitness nutrition brand

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Stolen Spirits co-founder Jamie Duff has set up shop in the US alongside former Stolen creative director Kelvin Soh to found a venture studio in New York called New New. And now, the company has just debuted its most recent venture: Weekday Warriors, a direct-to-consumer nutrition company making premium fitness-related convenience products for busy people. Duff has a chat about the new project, as well as breaking into the US market.

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