Knight of New Zealand Ltd was originally founded in 1972 under the name Knight Tailors Ltd As this name suggests, the Company started in the bespoke tailoring (made to measure suit) business, but soon moved into the fledgling leather and suede garment industry in New Zealand. Before long, export markets were developed in Australia (1973) followed by the USA (1976). Shortly after, the Company was purchased by Multi-National, Fletcher Challenge Corporation.
In 1985 the senior management and marketing executives of Knights purchased the Company in a management buyout from Fletcher Challenge. It was at this time that the Company moved to its current building at 21 Leven Street, Invercargill, New Zealand (refer photo).
In 1990 the Company name was changed to Knight of New Zealand Ltd, to reflect the International nature of the business and the fact that the Company no longer did any tailoring. However, the tailoring background has enhanced Knight’s ability to “customise” garments for their clients.
Knight’s is still owned by the original management and marketing shareholder group, with the addition of Phil Mollison (Australian marketing office) and Peter Coggs of Munich, Germany who is the exclusive marketing agent for Knights in Europe.
In more recent years, the Company has specialised in producing lightweight lamb skin garments.
All Knights garments are cut and made individually. Unlike most clothing that is mass produced on production lines, every garment is treated as a “one-off”. A good comparison would be a hand built car compared to cars produced on a production line system. Because these garments are made from a natural product, each one has it’s own unique characteristics and no two garments are exactly the same.
Every Knight of New Zealand garment is individually made, rather than mass produced. We call this “commercial craft” as opposed to mass production.
- Every Knight Lambskin garment is full dry-cleanable.
- Dry cleaning should be carried out before your garment gets too heavily solid but ONLY BY A SPECIALIST LEATHER and SUEDE GARMENT DRY CLEANER
- Full cleaning instructions for use by the dry cleaner are permanently sewn into the garment.
- If your garment becomes rain spotted, do not brush while damp. Hang the garment to dry naturally on a well-shaped coat hanger away from excess sun, wind and artificial heat sources.
- Please note – this product is not waterproof.
- Never put a damp garment away in a cupboard or wardrobe, wait until the garment is completely dry.
- Always store your garment well away from direct, strong sunlight as the special dyes that are used for natural skins are sensitive to strong ultra-violet sunlight.