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Frames Footwear - Serving you since the 1880s

John Brown Frame arrived in Dunedin from Scotland in the 1880s. After managing A and T Inglis, a local footwear company, he established his own ladies' and men's manufacturing business with Messrs Craigie and Thompson. Following the dissolution of the partnership a few years later, J.B. (as he was affectionately known), started his own company - J.B. Frame and Son - at 211 Hanover Street, the site of the present day store.

J.B.'s son, Maxwell, joined his father in the manufacture of boots and shoes and he in turn was joined by his sons, Peter and Jack.

Jack and Peter established a small retail side to the business, stocking mainly men's and children's footwear. It wasn't long before the store was catering for the entire family.

The fourth generation joined the company in the early 1980s - Peter's sons, Greg and Mike and Jack's son, Murray. Greg and Mike are responsible for the sourcing and purchasing of stock and the day to day running of the store but often join their cousin on the shop floor. "Time spent with our customers is paramount," they say.

Over a hundred years after it all began, a fifth generation has joined the ranks. Greg's three sons, Nic, Adam and Patrick, Mike's son and daughter, Tom and Jessie and their niece and nephew, Amy and Max Nicolson, have all experienced the world of shoe retailing. And making sure Frames Footwear keeps up with the times, Adam helped - and maintains - the store's on-line presence.

The Frame family is very proud of its 100+ year history, its current retailing/on-line operation, and looks forward to serving its loyal customers for the next hundred years...and beyond!


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