Rembrandt's Story

We've been in this business since 1946, when Alex Harrison opened a small friendly tailoring store in Wellingtons Vivian Street. Our mission is to dress you well – with exceptional quality, value and service from the New Zealand experts. Italian fabrics and limited runs underpin our approach to making you look good at every occasion.

our process



Each season our design team travels the world visiting the very best fabric and garment suppliers, discovering the latest fabric and style innovations first-hand.

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Our collection is refined over a period of several months. We see the design process as a collaboration between our designers, retail and customers.

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Our suppliers and manufacturers have been selected because of their expertise. They follow the Rembrandt’s code of compliance, and we meet regularly. 

Our Story

We've been in this business since 1946, when Alex Harrison opened a small friendly tailoring store in Wellingtons Vivian Street. When you walk into one of our stores today, you’ll find the same personal approach. Our staff are well trained and on hand to help you make a smart choice from our ready-to-wear, made -to -measure, suit hire and alteration services.


The business of Bert Churchill Tailors, located in Vivian Street, Wellington, was bought by Alex Harrison, a cutter and registered as a company at the start of 1946. 


A brainstorming session to create a name for the company’s new line of suits and Rembrandt was chosen (apparently beating off a strong challenge from Michelangelo).


The company name was officially changed to Rembrandt Suits Ltd.


Paul Veltman sold Rembrandt to Alliance Textiles Ltd, who simultaneously bought James Brown and Oxford Clothes Ltd. The three businesses were then amalgamated into one, under the Rembrandt name and management.


One week before the share market crash, the management team bought the company from Alliance Textiles. In hindsight they probably should’ve waited a little longer. The company remains owned by the same two families to this day.


After apparel was included in the CER Free Trade Agreement with Australia, Rembrandt began exporting. The launch was held in Melbourne in November 1989.


Rembrandt is sold for the first time in Australia’s David Jones department stores.


The Wayward heir label is launched.


The first Rembrandt store opens in Sydney, there are now three Rembrandt stores in the city.


Rembrandt Hire is launched.


The first Rembrandt store opens in Newmarket, Auckland, New Zealand.


Rembrandt's online shop opens for business.


We open two more Auckland Rembrandt stores; on Shortland Street and in Westfield St Lukes.


70 years after opening a small bespoke tailoring business on Vivian Street in 1946, we opened our Wellington store on Johnston Street.


The Aspiring collection was launched as a solution to customers who wanted a high quality ethical choice. Every Aspiring piece is made from ZQ certified, sustainable, 100% New Zealand merino wool.