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IT'S NOT JUST MOVIE STARS
THAT FEEL LIKE MOVIE STARS
AT DOROTHY BROWNS
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With an eye to the future Arrowtown business owners
Bruce Gibbs and Delvine Wallace have begun their
succession plan with their three daughters now in
hands-on roles with the Wallace & Gibbs fashion group.
Bruce and Delvine launched their original Wallace and
Gibbs boutique in Arrowtown's main street in 1996 and
today they own six reputable stores across the district.
Their stable includes Arrowtown businesses The Wool
Press, the luxury 100% New Zealand made clothing
store Te Huia, fashion boutiques Wallace & Gibbs and
IKON and the Outlet Store and in Queenstown New
Zealand's leading lifestyle store Untouched World.
"All our children have worked in the stores off and on
for much of their lives so it has been a very natural
but exciting step for the Wallace & Gibbs group to
incorporate the three girls into key management roles,
says Bruce. "We all share similar goals and aspirations
for each business and together Delvine and I see these
businesses continuing to flourish in the hands of the
Elizabeth Wallace-Gibbs, who manages IKON, is, at 22,
possibly the youngest store manager in the area. She
says following in her parents footsteps was meant to be.
"Having grown up in retail my earliest memories are of
being in the store with Mum and Dad and watching them
work so hard -- they are the best sellers. I understand the
importance of upholding their high standards and ensuring
our staff is as knowledgeable as possible,
" she says.
Her sister Caroline Walak (27) agrees. As marketing and
accounts manager across the six stores Caroline is now
ultimately in charge of the profiles of each.
"I want all the stores to visually look good and have
clear direction. We are taking a close look at branding to
ensure it's on target and that all the correct systems are
in place. Our parents have set a great example and we
all want the businesses to be successful.
Sophie Gibbs (30) is enjoying her new position at the
Wallace & Gibbs group working in HR, distribution and
developing new ecommerce websites.
" My background is in business and I am relishing the
opportunity to create some new online platforms to
increase international sales. I love coming to the stores
every day and watching the different dynamics in each
of them. Good staff and people are key to delivering
the best shopping experience either in store or online.
Within the stores themselves another sibling's skills are
also making a distinct impression. Stephen Walak (29) is
the designer of some of the new shop fittings through
his own business, Steve's Joinery, based in Frankton.
"Everyone is contributing in one way or another and
together we feel ready to be part of the next phase of
the Wallace & Gibbs group,
" says Elizabeth. "The future
is really very exciting.
WALLACE & GIBBS - A FAMILY AFFAIR
BY MARGO BERRYMAN
HULLABALOO ART GALLERY EXHIBITING IN ARROWTOWN
Back : Elizabeth Wallace-Gibbs Sophie Gibbs Caroline
Walak Front : Bruce Gibbs and Delvine Wallace
Cromwell's Hullabaloo Art Space is marking a highly
successful first decade and to launch its celebrations
is presenting an exhibition during winter at the Lakes
All That Hullabaloo is a diverse range of work from
15 artists involved in the collective. Ranging across
the disciplines of sculpture, painting, photography,
printmaking, mixed media and jewellery the work
reflects the passionate connection the artists have
with the Otago region and the high level of skills and
acclaim they have achieved.
The exhibition opens at the museum's art gallery on
July 1 and will run until the end of the month. People
are encouraged to attend the opening and meet the
artists who welcome the chance to discuss their
In August, at the home of Hullabaloo Art Space in
Cromwell, a Past and Present invitational exhibition
is planned. Previous member artists will join current
members to celebrate ten inspiring years as an artists'
The show opens in their Historic Precinct headquarters
on August 28th and runs through September.
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