October Release - Brashs
$ 27.00 $ 29.00
$ 27.00 $ 29.00
-- October Release - Brashs: Pure Aussie Gold --
Brashs first opened in 1862 at 108 Elizabeth Street Melbourne by Marcus Brash. Originally they were retailers of pianos and other musical instruments, with the slogan, "a home is not a home without a piano". Later they would expand their product line to include sheet music.
The business was later taken over by Marcus’ son, Alfred Brash. Alfred traded the business through the Great Depression, with an astute idea allowing his customers to repay the debts owed on the pianos over a longer period (20 years rather than 5), as they realised that the pianos would be kept in a better condition in the customers' homes than repossessed in his warehouse. Post-World War 2, Brash boomed, as it sold refrigerators and took trade-ins on old ice chests. The traded in ice-chests were then on-sold in sales in South Melbourne, then a poor community.
Geoff Brash later took over from his father, Alfred. By the 1970s, Brashs expanded further, adding vinyl records, pre-recorded and blank cassettes to their line. in the mid 1980s, they stopped selling whitegoods. In an effort to streamline operations, Brashs was split into Brashs, a company that sold audio systems, microwaves and CDs, and Allans, which focused on musical instruments. Geoff Brash stepped down as executive Chairman in 1988 but stayed on as a director. By the 1990s, its product base expanded to selling Hi Fi stereos, video cassette recorders, microwaves and televisions. It also resumed selling white goods.
On Saturday 6 December 1986, Brashs opened Australia's first major megastore at 244 Pitt Street Sydney. This address now forms part of the Plaza of the ANZ Bank Centre.
Brashs struggled from the early 1990s onwards. According to Geoff Brash, the last family executive, the problems that caused the collapse were authoritarian leadership, cheapening of values, advertising that didn't deliver, over-expansion, faulty management information systems, increased competition and internal conflict.
Brashs was a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. In 1995 the Brashs retail chain was placed into voluntary administration. It was delisted and shareholders did not receive any return. Subsequently it was purchased by the Singapore based businessman Ong Beng Seng at a cost of $40 million. During February 1998, the chain fell into receivership with debts owing of $80 million, which was managed by accountancy firm KPMG. At that time the Brashs chain had 105 outlets, employing over 2,000 staff members.
You can now find a satirical tribute page for Brashs on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/BrashsSuperstores/. We suggest you check it out!
Throw another shrimp on the barbie in salute to Brashs.
Available in both men's and women's styles.
Also available in either 100% cotton or a Cotton/Polyester Blend.
The cotton shirt features the logo on the front only, and the blend features the logo on the front left chest and back.
All shirts are printed on high quality, Vinyl Shirt Club tees.
ALL PRICES INCLUDE SHIPPING!
Color: Blend - Heathered Charcoal; Cotton - Charcoal
Sizes: Available in sizes Small through 4XL and Men's and Women's styles.
Materials: Either 50/50 Cotton-Poly Blend or 100% Premium Mid-weight Cotton
Shirts usually ship within five to seven business days.
Size Chart (Men's and Women's Styles, Chest to Fit)
|Small||34" - 37"|
38" - 41"
42" - 45"
46" - 49"
|XX-Large||50" - 53"|