1 November 2011


my city: auckland by murray crane

The tailoring maestro takes us through his finest cut of Auckland’s best haunts.

Murray Crane of Crane Brothers fame knows a thing or two about the art of tailoring a good suit. Founded in 1998, Crane Brothers finely tailored suits are considered a wardrobe essential amongst the better part of New Zealand’s sartorially minded gents. Mr Crane himself is rarely seen out in public wearing anything but a well tailored suit. Here, the style aficionado and menswear designer takes us through the finest cut of his hometown, Auckland.

My tailoring workroom
‘There is something about being in the tailoring workroom when the tailors have all finished for the day. I like the way the irons sound when they have been turned off and the smell of the machines as they rest. Multi-coloured pieces of thread on the floor, odd buttons and partially finished suits. This is where I get my inspiration.

I am not a beach person so Piha suits me fine. I love the chance to relax here over the Christmas break, exploring rock pools with the kids and reading books.

Walking into Sabato always inspires me. Good home cooked food is such a wonderful thing and Sabato definitely helps make that a reality. With good ingredients you’re half way there. (57 Normanby Road, Mt Eden, Auckland)

Melanie Roger Gallery
My art friend’s gallery represents some of my favourite contemporary New Zealand artists. I particularly like the work of Gavin Hurley and Sam Mitchell as well as Liyen Chong. (226 Jervois Road, Herne Bay, Auckland)

Bambina Café
Part of my morning ritual, I have been going here nearly every morning for the last 14 years at least. These days I don’t drink coffee but it’s like Cheers for me; it’s nice to go somewhere that everyone knows your name.’ (268 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland)

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