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The Department Store | Part One


Whenever I'm on the North Shore, I always pop in to The Department Store. It's a constant hive of inspiration when it comes to world class design so I've decided to break it down into parts. Way too much to talk about in one post! if like me you don't get over there very often, you can check out their blog which gives regular updates on everything from what's new in store, exclusive events (like the recent one featuring Escentric Molecules Fragrance creator Jeff Lounds and world renowned fashion critic Tim Blanks from to which celebrities have been wearing Karen Walker lately!

Created by Karen Walker, Stephen Marr and Dan Gosling, The Department Store has certainly delivered on their vision of providing a 'modern take on the traditional Department Store experience'. A luxurious Mecca for design, fashion, beauty and interiors, since it's opening in October 2009 it's received some remarkable accolades from around the world. Fashion Bible Women's Wear Daily called it one of the 'hippest new stores around the globe'. Top Style magazine Monocle rated it #1 in their top 25 worldwide retail stars and included it in a feature on their online film series and Conde Nast Traveller listed them as one of its 'Seven Wonders Of The Shopping World'! Pretty impressive, don't you think? 

Karen Walker
Black Box Boutique
The Men's Department
Stephen Marr
Stephen Marr
Lucy & The Powder Room 
Simon James Concept Store

The Department Store is located at 10 Northcroft Street, Takapuna, Auckland and is open 7 days. There is also a fabulous French Cafe, La Boulange on the ground floor where you must sample one of their to-die-for pastries!

Here's a few of their recent blog entries. 

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Simon James and the rest of the Resident team were busy in Milan recently with their interactive display in Tom Dixon’s curated space at Salone del Mobile Milano 2012.
UK model, ‘It girl’ and TV host Alexa Chung spotted at London’s Heathrow Airport wearing the Karen Walker Eyewear ‘Number Two’ frame in Crazy Tort!
Jaquie Brown was at The Department Store chatting about her brand new book, I’m Not Fat, I’m Pregnant! Signed copies available in store.

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  1. LOVE The department Store! Such a great concept and always pop in when over that side:) Mel

  2. Speaking of shopping, was just reading your bio Mel and thinking how fabulous those buying trips to France would be! Love your idea of a opening a shop here filled with French products! Have you been to Madder & Rouge in Newmarket? My very first blog post featured them ... you might like....
    xo Michelle



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