So this is our first "Retailer Review" on the Henri Lloyd Australia blog and who better to profile than long standing and iconic sailing institution, Sturrocks of Sydney.
Founded in 1979 by John Sturrock and later joined by brother Doug, each have many years (don't worry we wont count them here!) boating experience in all facets of sailing-racing as well as pleasure boating. The store is located down at Rushcutters Bay, Sydney and has the CYCA and Sydney Harbour on it's front door.
Walking into Sturrocks of Sydney is like entering a treasure trove of all things marine. There is an immediate sense of comfort when you step inside, a friendly and knowledgeable face will shout hello from one of the many well stocked nooks, a decor of cleverly constructed marine inspired fittings and mahogany wood trims please the eye and a sense of authenticity is undeniable.
They stock the best brands from across the globe - obviously as Henri Lloyd is one of their hot sellers ;) Plus you can pick up pretty much all of your boating needs from within. Often you will find a well-worn sailor at the counter holding a small broken old steel fitting of some kind in which they are desperately trying to match from the thousands of much newer offerings in tiny nuts and bolts drawers that are stashed around the store. Their isn't a marine fixture the guys at Sturrocks haven't seen after so many decades at the forefront of marine development.
Brothers, John and Doug Sturrock, know their business and have created an iconic Australian marine store. When I was first dabbling in wet weather gear sales while I was studying at uni, the first store I ever called on was Sturrocks of Sydney. A bundle of nerves mixed with cocky confidence (that only a 19 year old seems to have) and a very basic knowledge of not only the marine industry but also the garments I was peddling, I must say John and Doug went easy on me and I have always held a respect for both them and their store since those early days.
These days you will also find Matt working tirelessly alongside the Sturrock's brothers.
Sturrocks of Sydney has been a long time premium stockist of Henri Lloyd and currently has one of the best brand offerings across Australia. The hottest items on the shelves include the Gore-tex Elite Offshore range, Fast-Dri Polo, Element Shorts and the newly released HL Sport range. The level of service that you receive within those walls is outstanding and they will definitely work to have you in the right garment by the time you walk out the door. Looking for something special and its not on the racks, no problems as one of the guys is quick on the phone to us at Henri Lloyd Head Office to chase down the item needed.
Thanks for Sturrocks of Sydney for letting us profile your great store! And watch this space for what store will be next to be profiled...