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. Only the lingerie was left at number 205. 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.
Annette Gortz: (Europe) original signature style is what defines fashion by Annette Gortz
Arche: (France) shoes that are a “trademark” of great style
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
Discovering: (European) beautiful range of coats
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
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
Indijo: (Australia) range of fur and leather jackets
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
Maison Scotch: (Holland) preppy style daywear
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
Moss & Spy: (Australia) sophisticated, glamorous, alluring and unique
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
Saxony: (Australia) edgy styling
Seafolly (Australia) one of the most recognised swimwear and beach lifestyle brands world-wide
Sinequanone: (France) feminine separates
Sissy: (NZ) produce high quality garments
Standard Issue: (NZ) design concepts in knitwear
Stilen: (NZ) jewellery
Stilmoda: (Italy) designer footwear
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
Wheels & Dollbaby: (Australia) sydney style for the stars
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
Zizi: (Australia) fun shoes and handbags
Zoe Kratzmann: (Australia) beautifully crafted leather shoes that are contemporary and stylish in design