WELCOME TO JOHN STEPHENS & CO IN NEW ZEALAND

Winter is here - Isn't it glorious!

The Brexit victory will be a major for us. At present, the transit of JSA goods through EU borders is seamless. It is depressing to contemplate clearing customs every time we cross the English Channel. I can see the French customs agent saying c’est la vie! We have two years to sort it out! - I have gone right off Boris – I used to think he was very funny at football commentating- England will need a very clever diplomat to sort that mess out and we are going to have to try and consolidate our purchases and ship Swedish gear from Sweden, French gear from France and so on…..

 

Kat, our one woman creative director, is looking after the customers too well – she is specifying furniture and fabrics for Jobs from Queenstown to Christchurch to Waiheke and locally – I just have to try and keep up! She is away for a week earned rest this week. I have a list as long as my arm of what needs doing in her absence. The delivery trucks are booked, I just have to supply, upholster, polish, paint and restore everything on time – No Problem! 

 

Shipment 102 is in … Its contents are from east of Paris, from our new furniture suppliers –Twenty gorgeous cane backed bergere for a job in Christchurch, and some for stock. A collection of wooden lights/chandeliers delivered from Florence and a new stock of our Louis XV and Louis XVI demi-corbeille & crosse beds (see photograph) We have queen, king, super king & Californian king frames in stock - which is great as the French close down for July and August! One of our new beds, which we sold five or six years ago came up at Mossgreen/Webbs secondhand auction this week. It still looked great and sold for more than we charge for a new one – good to see such a lovely piece of furniture hold its value. 

 

Container 103, the English French & Swedish shipment of antiques, left from Brittany four weeks ago and is due in New Zealand in two or three weeks, it contains the balance of my purchases from my last trip to Europe, including some large French farmhouse tables and servers in those 'so French’ timbers: cherry, chestnut and pear wood. Also, some English bookcases and desks -  and another iconic military chest - plus a couple of those small attractive Swedish painted commodes

 

Our merchandising director came to work this week and swept though the shop and the stock and made the place look amazing. Pieces that were hidden in the corners get hauled into the light….and sell!  We may have give her a promotion this year – do you think she will like the sound of senior merchandising manager? 

 

Young Ryan our chief logistics operative is leaving us after 5 years. Ryan's passion is football and he has won a scholarship to an American university, to play football. We will watch his progress with interest – maybe he will make the Iceland team. Good luck Ryan! - I will have to work out the time difference so I can call him when I can’t find anything.

 

Weatherby, our library bookcase and wine cellar director, returns from his four month sabbatical in Europe at the end of the month. Thank you to all the patient people who have ordered bespoke pieces and libraries and agreed to wait – Weatherby will be in touch as soon as he is returns.

 

Melanie, our honorary branding director has been trying to "re font" us, I think that’s called branding (keep an eye on the new black shop front) and then hopefully she will assist us in bringing our website into the 2016s – people are so clever!

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RECENT ACQUISITIONS - CONTAINER #101

Swedish Provincial Furniture Catalogue 25th Anniversary Catalogue - click to view