AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan 27, 2010 / — The brainchild of Karen Walker, Stephen Marr and Dan Gosling of Black Box, “THE DEPARTMENT STORE” is a conceptual cooperative retail space where one can experience the very best from the worlds of beauty, art, fashion and interiors in a single environment.
The three-level store, situated in Northcroft Street, Takapuna, is a chic, multi-dimensional shopping experience previously unseen before in New Zealand. The Department Store’s ground floor is home to Black Box, which houses innovative local and international fashion brands including Stolen Girlfriends Club from New Zealand, Ksubi and Claude Maus from Australia, Surface to Air (Paris) and much more.
Also on the ground floor is internationally renowned fashion brand KAREN WALKER featuring KAREN WALKER and KAREN WALKER RUNAWAY, and diffusion line HI THERE FROM KAREN WALKER (exclusively available in Australia and New Zealand) as well as her fine jewelry and eyewear collections. No department store is complete without fragrances and KAREN WALKER also presents a selection of the most interesting fragrances in the world including the wonderful ESCENTRIC MOLECULE.
The Department stores’ ground floor retail environment is also home to STEPHEN MARR’S conceptual beauty retail concept: The MARR LAB. The Marr lab promotes clean, non-toxic, active skin care in a spacious environment, curated by LUCY VINCENT-MARR. Appealing to “the new beauty tribe”, The Lab harks backs to the days of the town corner store, with its expert advice and a fine selection of hand-picked products.
The Marr Lab premiers at THE DEPARTMENT STORE and also acts as a launch pad for Vincent-Marr’s sensational new skin care product, SANS.
While perusing the ground floor, or meeting friends on the go, stop at The Tea Room in The Department Store. Serving fair-trade coffee from Supreme, The Tea Room is the perfect selection of treats including fresh lamingtons with cream, baguettes, New Zealand organic apple juice and more.
To complement the fashion and beauty selection on the ground floor, is the best in object, furniture and lighting design. SIMON JAMES presents his hand-picked selection of the chicest in modern brands including the U.K.’s, ESTABLISHED & SONS, DROOG from Holland, DESIGN HOUSE STOCKHOLM and of course SIMON JAMES’ signature design pieces.
Fashion and interiors go hand in hand with great books and magazines and THE DEPARTMENT STORE offers a selection of the visionary print publications.
The ground floor is also home to a pop-up store that will host different inspiration and exciting retail experience every three months. The premier pop-up store is Auckland’s much loved FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, with their eclectic vision for interiors.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the ground floor by heading upstairs to LUCY AND THE POWDER ROOM on level 1. Pamper yourself with a specialist skin treatment, the latest chic manicure or simply kick off your heels and have a pedicure and enjoy their famous high tea.
The top floor is home to STEPHEN MARR, the hair industry’s leading brand in New Zealand. STEPHEN MARR is the new generation of hairstyling professionals, synonymous with vision, creativity and service second to none.