Rodd & Gunn Partners with Winona Capital to Fuel Growth

and Winona Capital (
announced today the Chicago-based private equity firm has made a
minority investment in Rodd & Gunn. As a well-established, timeless
menswear brand, Rodd & Gunn will utilize the new partnership to fuel the
North American growth of the brand.

“Winona is proud to partner with Mike Beagley and the rest of the Rodd &
Gunn team,” said Luke Reese, Managing Director of Winona Capital, who
will join the Rodd & Gunn Board of Directors. “Rodd & Gunn is a leading
brand with a proven record of retail success in New Zealand and
Australia and a strong start in the North American market. We look
forward to helping expand its North America presence,” said Reese.

With the brand’s heritage dating back to 1946, Rodd & Gunn’s philosophy
is to create garments imbued with contemporary style that are designed
to stand the test of time. Every Rodd & Gunn collection is built around
authentic pieces that can be effortlessly styled. Exemplified by its
slogan, “New Zealand escapism”, the Company aspires to create designs
that will transport the consumer to a place that is both relaxed and

“We are excited to partner with Winona Capital given their track record
of success with Peter Millar and KJUS,” said Mike Beagley, CEO of Rodd &
Gunn. “Winona is a great match for Rodd & Gunn; their industry knowledge
will be especially valuable as we embark on the next phase of our

About Rodd & Gunn

Based in Auckland, New Zealand, Rodd & Gunn primarily operates retail
stores in Australia and New Zealand and is a wholesaler in the U.S. With
over 85 stores across Australia and New Zealand, Rodd & Gunn’s brand
philosophy is to create clothes that draw the best from nature in its
purest state. By sourcing only the finest yarns, fabrics, and leathers
and utilizing timeless manufacturing techniques, Rodd & Gunn produces
garments that are as functional as they are fashionable. The result is
modern clothing and accessories that inspire the consumer with the
essence of New Zealand’s outdoors. For more information, please visit

About Winona Capital

Winona Capital provides acquisition and growth capital in lower
middle-market consumer and retail companies that have attractive revenue
and brand enhancement opportunities. Winona partners with high energy,
passionate executives who have a shared focus on building great brands
with sustained growth over long-term investment horizons. Winona Capital
manages more than $300 million on behalf of its family office and
institutional investors. For more information, please visit


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