A bit of New Zealand awaits at Fashion Island’s Rodd & Gunn, and it’s not just the upscale lodge decor of this island country’s popular menswear chain. On the sweeping big screen streams a live video of Queenstown’s majestic Lake Wakatipu. It’s taken waterside from The Lodge Bar and is mesmerizing to watch as tourists and locals go about their day. It’s also a poster for the company’s inspiration—city meets nature in all of its stunning earth tones.
The connection becomes clear in the handsome business-casual clothes—rugged but soft sweaters, shirts, and pants in hues of graphite, mulberry, onyx, tobacco, and bourbon. As you examine them and feel the fabrics, you’re struck by the attention to detail for the price, with shirts from $128 to $168, and sportcoats from $250 to $448. “We search the world for the best fabrics and materials, and search out the best places in the world to have them made,” says store manager Kasey MacInnes, right, a New Zealand expat. Since this store—the chain’s first U.S. outpost—opened in October 2016, five other U.S. shops have followed, she says.
Also tempting are the handmade Italian leather satchels ($198 to $1,295), leather jackets ($798 to $998), and shoes ($175 to $325). We’ll take the leather overnighter and a trip to New Zealand.
Photographs by Melissa Valladares