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interview with

Kastner
& Öhler

— Graz, Austria

"The best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been. Always will be"

WHEN AND HOW DID YOU START YOUR BUSINESS?
Kastner&Öhler is an Austrian company that was founded 1873 and has a long tradition in the fashion business. Furthermore it is still family owened.  
Here in Graz the business startet in 1883, where we started as a small commercial business. The assortment broadened over the years and also the building was rebuilded, renovated and enlarged several times over the years and finaly became the K&Ö Headquarter long time ago. Now we are dealing with fashion, sport goods (under the brand Gigasport), toys and interior goods. 
Nowadays including our flagship store in Graz we're having 14 stores in the south of Austria.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE TASTE OF YOUR STORE?
Kastner&Öhler claims to inspire all of our customers in the best possible way. As a result we're bringing international trends closer to our audience to satisfy all the different tastes.

WHICH STYLES ARE YOUR BEST SELLERS?
Due to the variety of our customers there are no particular stlyes that are selling best. The best sellers are an excerpt of the broad assortment that we're offering to the customers.

WHICH ARE YOUR FAVOURITE BRANDS?
Despite my personel taste, on the one hand I'm favoring brands like Joop, Boss, Polo Ralph Lauren, Burberry, which are my best selling brands, and on the other hand typical Italian brands like Paoloni, Xacus, Santoni, Zegna, that for me embody the Italian lifestyle perfectly.

 

WHAT KIND OF ITEMS DO YOU BUY FROM XACUS?
Depending on the season I'm focusing on different types of items. Linen shirts for summer and washed cotton ones for winter. I also love to buy the big (floral) prints, that Xacus is offering, because they're perfect highlights for the department.

HOW IMPORTANT IS THE LEVEL OF SERVICE OF A BRAND YOU WORK WITH?
We're always trying to maintain a good collaboration with our suppliers. To strenghten this collaboration, grow together and ensure a high quality service to our customers, a certain level of service through the supplier will be more and more important in the future.

HOW DO YOU ENGAGE YOUR EMPLOYEES INTO THE COMPANY?
The employees are the base on which we're buillding our success. Kastner&Öhler encourages it's employees to contribute their ideas, evaluates their needs, supports their expertise through training  and offers a broad range of activities for their time off.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MOTTO OR QUOTE?
"The best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been. Always will be" - Bill Cunningham