A little bit of history

It is more than 65 years since Ron Brown left a background of business in the fruit and grocery trade and joined Bill McKnight, a men's outfitter to form McKnight & Brown Ltd.

The name is unchanged, as is the core business of retail menswear.

McKnight & Brown was originally situated at 43 Dee Street. In 1988 the business moved to 53 Esk Street and 10 years later shifted to our current premises at 30 Esk Street.

The aim of the founders was to offer an extensive range of quality clothing backed up with dedicated personal service.

Despite the massive changes in both retail and the clothing industry over the decades, the joint accent on quality and service remains preserved to the present day.

McKnight & Brown understand the importance of individuality which is reflected in their carefully chosen collection of iconic New Zealand brands and superb international labels.

The skill, expertise and experience of Bernie, Noel, Roger and Amelia is the X-Factor that is McKnight & Brown's point of difference.

School Ball Season

It's School Ball Season once again, so we've put together a collection of suits, shirts and accessories to make the search for the perfect Ball outfit a little easier.

Make sure you check the dress code for your ball as they differ between schools.

If you're thinking of hiring instead of buying, go to our Rembrandt Suit Hire page for all the info  - and please Get in touch with us if you need any further assistance.


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Bernie Brown runs the store with his dream team, including Noel Greig who has worked here for over 40 years, Roger Larsen who has been in the industry for more than 30 years, and Amelia Chilton who joined the team in 2019. We all share a mutual passion for fashion and customer service, so let us help you out with your styling needs.

Whether you have a special occasion or need a wardrobe update, we can't wait to be of assistance to you.

McKnight & Brown - A Snapshot

  • "The expertise and patience of the team, their experience and kindness. We both enjoyed the shopping experience! Thank you."

    -Colleen Green

  • "Bernie and Noel have the most amazing ability to build a beautiful wardrobe and style a man to what is his perfect look... Geoff’s clothing style began the day that Bernie and Marg opened their shop after hours... 2 hours later an initially resistant Geoff left the shop looking spectacularly gorgeous wearing trendy gear that took decades off his age and accentuated his handsomeness... thank you so much."

    - Mary Castles

  • "Thanks, Bernie for excellent service and great deals!"

    - Vinay Sood