Make way for the kiwis. Rodd & Gunn, a modern menswear brand from New Zealand, is set to open its first Texas location at Dallas' NorthPark Center on August 1.
“We’ve had our eye on Dallas for quite some time, as it’s a very progressive and exciting city that we think our brand will resonate with,” says Mike Beagley, CEO of Rodd & Gunn, in a release. “We love that Texans are big on style but also know how to have some fun while looking good.”
He points out similarities between Texas and New Zealand that may not immediately come to mind: "a strong sense of identity, a love of adventure, a natural affinity with rugged landscapes, and pride in their heritage." (Texans? Proud? Gosh, you noticed.) All of these things, he says, make Texas a perfect market for the brand's effortless style.
Rodd & Gunn was founded in 1946 as a boutique line of men's shirts made in New Zealand. Today, their designers trot the globe to source premium fabrics for their apparel. Pure New Zealand merino wool is woven into premium sweaters and sports coats. Rodd & Gunn also offers footwear, along with bespoke leather luggage pieces handcrafted by a master artisan. Each piece comes with a two-year quality guarantee.
The 2,000 square-foot Dallas store will showcase the entire Rodd & Gunn line and will launch with its Summer 2018 collection — warm-weather wardrobe essentials including soft knit polos, luxe linen shirts, shorts, lightweight linen sports coats, and soft jackets.
While Rodd & Gunn has been carried in Nordstrom and other top retailers for years, the Dallas store will be only its sixth boutique in the U.S. Other locations include Newport Beach, California; DUMBO, Brooklyn in New York; Los Angeles; Greenwich San Diego; and San Francisco.
The NorthPark store will be located on level one next to AG, near Nordstrom.