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A Family Affair

Classic and smart high fashion collections and resort style shopping is the overriding theme at Arrowtown’s long-standing locally owned store Wallace & Gibbs.

The high-end fashion store was opened in 1995 by Delvine Wallace and Bruce Gibbs and today is a family affair with their three daughters Caroline Walak (31), Sophie Gibbs (34) and Elizabeth Wallace Gibbs (26) part of the business management team.

“It’s nice having the second generation coming through the business and it’s helped us to continue to expand and innovate the store,” says Delvine. “Everyone brings their own sense of style and fun which creates a lovely atmosphere whether we are on buying trips, merchandising the stores, dealing with online orders or behind the store counter.”

The Wallace & Gibbs group own five stores across Arrowtown and Queenstown and are one of the largest fashion retailers in the region with an enduring reputation for representing leading fashion labels.

“Here in Arrowtown the Wallace & Gibbs store offers resort style dressing with a range of high-quality fashion labels like Trelise Cooper, Loobies Story, Ketz-ke, Sills & Co, Paige, Cutler and Ben Sherman. Because we all love fashion the store reflects our personal style. There is a relaxed and stylish vibe with a broad range of women’s and men’s clothing to choose from.”

Arrowtown attracts a diverse mix of visitors and locals and Delvine says shopping in the historic village is always enjoyable.

“It’s a lovely experience shopping here, we have spacious change rooms and the team are all well versed in assisting customers to find the right size, style and colour choices. It’s always nice to walk out of the store with a bag of new clothes having enjoyed the service.”

“The new season’s collections are outstanding with beautiful autumnal colourways and some inspiring wardrobe pieces,” she says. “Wallace & Gibbs also stock a fine selection of jewellery, bags and fashion accessories along with a range of New Zealand designer shoes and boots by Chaos & Harmony and Kathryn Wilson.”