Barkers’ biggest-ever clothing store opened at 1 High Street, in Auckland’s CBD in September and it’s certainly not your average shop. The 430m² shop in the heritage-listed South British Insurance Building (one of the city’s best examples of the art-deco Chicago School) sports vaulted ceilings and marble pillars. There’s an espresso bar on the ground floor, a barbershop run by hairdresser Matt Swan filling the mezzanine level and a made-to-measure suiting service, too.
“We wanted to ensure it felt different,” says Glenn Cracknell, Barkers’ general manager of retail and operations, who worked with AND design studio on the commercial fit-out. “That wasn’t just in style but in the experience, too. It was only through the experience we’ve gained over the past five years that we felt ready to take on a project of this scale.”