Closeburn Station has been in the family since 1875 with Tony’s grandfather purchasing Closeburn in 1922. Three generations on, Tony, Rebecca and their two children are the keepers of the family’s high country legacy.
Today Closeburn is entwined across the oceans with another enduring family business. Japan’s third-largest suit making company, Konaka—in the same family for 60 years—uses Closeburn’s ultra-fine wool fleece in its elite suit range.
When Konaka representatives visited New Zealand looking for a new fibre to use in their garments, they discovered beautiful fine wool from Closeburn—and Tony’s interest in Japanese culture and karate. With a black belt in karate and a dojo classroom on his farm, Tony is passionate about the character-building skills that karate develops in people.
Since then, Closeburn and Konaka have forged a strong, productive business partnership founded on the importance of family, a passion for excellence and respect for cultural differences.