A little bit of history

It is more than 68 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 in 1955.

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, Roger, Amelia, Karen, and Jude is the X-Factor that is McKnight & Brown's point of difference.

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Bernie Brown runs the store with his dream team, including Roger Larsen who has been in the industry for more than 30 years, and Amelia Chilton who joined the team in 2019. Recent additions Karen Hall, formally from H & J Smiths, and Jude Lawson who has worked with us previously, complete the group and we are thrilled to have them.

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

  • "Apart from the great quality & selection of clothes that McK & B sell, the customer service is absolutely top class. Nothing is too much trouble. It makes things so much easier when buying online. Thank you Amelia & team :)"

    - James A Stewart

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

    - Vinay Sood

  • "Five is an insufficient amount of stars to score these guys.

    I have been in menswear shops all through the U.K. and Europe and nowhere betters McKnight and Brown in little old Invercargill.

    As a man, having men who know their trade so incredibly well is a breath of fresh air. The quality of their brands is indisputable.

    All the staff are honest, personable and call a spade a spade.

    I look forward to my next visit"

    -Callum Dickson

  • "Where do I start? McKnight & Brown had some of the best service out there for a mens clothing shop. I'm a bigger guy and they had no trouble sorting me out with a suit for my wedding.

    Roger and the team were extremely professional, kind and were in constant communication with me about the suit. Would highly recommend to others!"

    -Hayden Loudon-McLennan

  • "The team at this store are next level amazing so helpful great customer service, good sizes . They will leave you feeling valued"

    -Ethan Black

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    "Amelia from McKnight and Brown provided exceptional customer service, great problem solving and accommodation for my unique requirements. This, coupled with prompt response times and polite communication has totally won me over and made my day. Thanks so much!"

    -Caleb Hilbron