The long-running chief executive of Farmers has quietly left the company. Rod McDermott has been with Farmers for 25 years in total, and as CEO for 10 years, has seen the company make big changes as it adapts to the changing retail landscape.
Farmers’ new apparel range for SS16 demonstrates its gradual shift towards the premium end of the market. It revealed a capsule collection of its instore range for August – October in a spring-themed launch last week, and unveiled several high-end new brands.
For the first time in 10 years, Christchurch grand dame Ballantynes has completely revamped its accessories department. The new concept has pumped up the luxury factor with marble and diamantes, inspired by international design trends. The renovation comes almost exactly one month after the grand opening of competitor David Jones in Wellington.
David Jones rolled out the black carpet and introduced Wellingtonians to luxury brands and international designers at the grand opening of the Australian department store last night.
Australian department store David Jones is to open in Wellington on Thursday. Executive chairman of property, design and research specialist agency RCG Paul Keane considers what this means for the city.