Lowes Menswear

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Lowes Menswear
Industry Retail
Founded 1898
Founder William Lowe
Headquarters Sydney, Australia
Number of locations
  • Increase 187 (2014)
  • 130 (2003)
Area served
Australia; New Zealand
Key people
Hans Mueller (MD)
Products Clothing
Revenue A$200 million (2003)
Number of employees
1,400 (2003)
Website Official website

Lowes Menswear, also known as Lowes-Manhattan and Lowes Manhattan,[1][2] is a private, family-owned,[3] Australian menswear chain established in 1898 by William Lowe.[4] Expansion of the company from a single store in 1948 to a nationwide chain took place under Hans Mueller, an Austrian Jewish refugee who came to Australia via Shanghai, and his wife Gertie.[1][5] As of 2006, Mueller was the company's managing director.[6]

Lowes primarily sells workwear, suits, clothes for larger men, and schoolwear, with lesser sales in ladieswear, surfwear, and boyswear.

Lowes Menswear store in Wagga Wagga.


As of February 2014, the Lowes chain included 187 shop locations across all Australian states and mainland territories; this is a 40% increase from the 130 stores in the chain in 2003.[4] The largest of the chain's stores, in 2003, was located in Townsville.[4] As of 2003, the company employed 1,400 people and an annual revenue of A$200 million.[4]

The three main shops in New South Wales include Westfield Miranda, Bankstown, and Wynyard (located in Sydney's central business district). Lowes' head office and warehouse is located in Arncliffe.

Lowes had an internet presence in 1998, having deployed a web solution based on the NetCommerce platform from Creative Digital Technology.[7]

Koala Clothing, a clothing manufacturer and wholesaler established in 1890, is among Lowes' suppliers.[2]


They are known for their use of past and present rugby league personalities in their commercials, most notably Paul Sironen, Paul Vautin, Daryl Brohman and Mark McGaw. Their television ads proclaiming you could good priced, quality clothing "At Lowes" became famous in Sydney during the 1980s and 1990s. Imre Salusinszky is a model for the brand's $99 suit.[8]


In 2002, Lowes was recognized as "National Employer of the Year" by the Australian Retailers' Association.[9]


  1. ^ a b Quade, Anita (4 March 2002). "The Lowes down". Australas. Bus. Intell. (Australia) – via HighBeam Research. 
  2. ^ a b Staff (12 September 2003). "We're still trading says Koala MD". Australas. Bus. Intell. (Australia) – via HighBeam Research. 
  3. ^ Ross, Emily (5 August 2004). "Keeping it in the family". Australas. Bus. Intell. (Australia) – via HighBeam Research. 
  4. ^ a b c d Gublin, Melissa (15 August 2003). "The lowdown on Lowes". Australas. Bus. Intell. (Australia) – via HighBeam Research. 
  5. ^ Encel, Sol; Rutland, Suzanne D. (2008). "Australian Jewry". In Ehrlich, M. Avrum. The Jewish-Chinese Nexus. Routledge Jewish Studies Series. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. p. 139. ISBN 9781134105533. 
  6. ^ White, Lyn (18 July 2006). "Lowes-Manhattan takes Gowings space". Australas. Bus. Intell. (Australia) – via HighBeam Research. 
  7. ^ Long, Geoff (1 March 1998). "The next big thing". Australian PC World – via HighBeam Research. 
  8. ^ Salusinszky, Imre (28 March 2012). "Rendezvous with the grinning cheapskate". The Australian. Retrieved 18 May 2012. (subscription required)
  9. ^ Heiskanen, Paul (9 September 2002). "Belief in training reaps ARA award for Lowes". Australas. Bus. Intell. (Australia) – via HighBeam Research. 

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