About Us

Welcome to Quinns specialist ladies department store—possibly the only shop of its kind in Australasia and certainly one of only a handful around the world.

There’s a saying in Christchurch “you’ll find it at Quinns.” And it’s probably true!

From timeless style to modern and edgy pieces, European boots to statement sandals. cocktail dresses to the latest designer jeans, you’ll find two entire floors of New Zealand and international designer fashion at Quinns in Merivale.

Tomorrow’s Fashion Today

Founder Margaret Quinn, along with her assistant Jen Smith, go to extraordinary lengths to provide fresh and desirable fashion. They have the world to choose from and do, regularly travelling overseas on buying trips to personally select every item that comes into the store.

It means we have more designer labels than anywhere else in New Zealand–over 250 in fact from New Zealand, Australia, Europe and the US. Many brands are only available in Christchurch at Quinns.

New stock arrives daily from around the world. We only buy a few of each item and they often sell out the same day! Expect something new tomorrow!

A Landmark Shopping Destination

Quinns was born in Margaret Quinn’s home back in 1973. It soon outgrew its welcome, with the support of husband Pat, the business moved to 205 Papanui Road in Merivale, the heart of Christchurch’s most stylish shopping precinct. Thanks to Margaret’s vision of ‘fashion for tomorrow’ and the couple’s commitment to the business, Quinns quickly became a landmark shopping destination in Christchurch.

It wasn’t long before larger premises were needed and in 1976 we moved most of the business a few doors down to our present location at 195 Papanui Road. In fact we have been in Merivale so long the Mall has been built around us!

The Quinns Family

Despite our success we remain a family run business. We could have created more Quinns elsewhere but we decided we’d rather just do one store well! Some of our original ladies still shop with us and we are proud to now be serving the second generation of Quinns customers.

Our team of 36 staff is extremely loyal–the average length of service is 15 years! Their knowledge of fashion is unparalleled in Christchurch and enables us to provide a level of service few stores can match.

The touches of the Quinns team are everywhere—what we buy, how we display it and of course, helping customers achieve tomorrow’s look.

250+ Brands


Annette Gortz: (Europe) original signature style is what defines fashion by Annette Gortz

Arche: (France) shoes that are a “trademark” of great style


Bec & Bridge: (Australia)

Black: (France) edgy basics for a layered look


Caroline Sills: (NZ) essential knitwear pieces; merino, lambswool and cashmere

Christian Lacroix: (France) bags and purses

Crea: (France) french cut shirts, knitwear, sportswear, casual chic

Cooper by Trelise: (NZ) casual chic


David Pond:(NZ) quirky prints

Diesel: (Italy) fabulous clothing, shoes and accessories

Dyrberg Kern: (Denmark) jewellery made with a passion for design and creativity


Elk: (Australia) offers original, contemporary designed fashion accessories, leather goods and beautiful apparel


Frame: (USA)

Free People: (USA) boho chic


Gaudi: (Italy) feminine & flirty

George, Gina & Lucy: (German) fun and quality handbags


Helen Cherry: (NZ) deceptively simple tailoring


ILex London: (England) bags and purses


J Brand: (USA) denim as seen on all celebrities

Jets: (Australia) swimwear

Jorge: (Australia) fun separates


Levis: (USA) the latest denim

Lee Matthews: (Australia) feminine, easy to wear clothing


Marc Cain: (Germany)  high-end sportif styles, detailed cutting and tailoring, available exclusively to Quinns Merivale

Mild Red: (NZ) edgy and architectural shaping

Miraclesuit: (UK) swimwear

Moyuru: (Japan)


Paula Ryan: (NZ) the capsule wardrobe doyenne. Merino and Modal. Shoes

Pedro Garcia: (Europe) designer footwear

Pas de Rouge: (Europe) designer footwear


Robert Clergerie: (France) designer footwear

Rue du Jour: (Europe) designer footwear


Sabatini: (NZ) elegance, sophistication and glamour, while being wearable and maintaining an effortless style transcending from day to night

Sarah Pacini: (Europe) unique blend of knitwear, weaves and colour

Sass & Bide: (Australia) dedicated to the strong, the obscure & the beautiful

Seafolly (Australia) one of the most recognised swimwear and beach lifestyle brands world-wide

Sinequanone: (France) feminine separates

Standard Issue: (NZ) design concepts in knitwear

Stilen: (NZ) jewellery

Stilmoda: (Italy) designer footwear

Seduce: (Australia)


Toby: (NZ) fun separates

Trelise Cooper: (NZ) lovingly crafted using diverse fabrics and finishes to create a beautiful final result


Verge: (NZ) classic separates

Visage: (NZ) chic and classic knits, now designed by Robyn Mooney


Wolford: (Austria) international luxury brand including hosiery and bodysuits

Workshop Denim: (NZ) clothing with a solid reputation based on hardwearing, classic denim styling with a strong directional edge

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