When it comes to bathrooms and tile-sellers, Malta is filled with numerous brands at every corner, but few are those that actually have the history of always delivering modern and reliable products. This is where Banju Boutique Ltd comes in.
The famous company was founded way back in 1962, by the late Paul Tabone, as part of a partnership in Żejtun. The business achieved great success over the initial years, and Mr Tabone eventually decided to make this business venture on his own as a sole trader in 1970, and he relocated the business to Żabbar, in the city’s most frequented street, Sanctuary Street, under his own name, Paul Tabone Bathroom Centre. Whilst the showroom was very small, it was very successful during the time.
In 1976, Mr Tabone saw that the business was outgrowing the showroom, and so he decided to move the business once again, to a larger property just opposite of the previous showroom, which whilst not used nowadays, is still there serving as a landmark to showcase the company’s great strides forward.
The business continued to grow more and more, and Mr Tabone decided that it requires an even larger location than ever before. In 1982, the family business completed its relocation to a large building at Tal-Barrani Road in Żejtun, with this building consisting of a showroom as well as a massive warehouse. During the business’ operations in Żejtun, the business also retained its second showroom in Żabbar. During that year as well, Mr Tabone decided to change the business’ name from Paul Tabone Bathroom Centre, to Banju Boutique.
Mr Tabone was clearly still not keen to settle on what was already there, and he decided that together with his family that aided him constantly throughout his ambitious business venture, he would establish the business as a Private Limited Company in 1996. As a result of this, the company changed its name once again, this time to Banju Boutique Limited.
1996 would prove to be an even more crucial year than ever before, as the new company opened an extremely large two-storey showroom at Arcade Street, Paola, which is still used to this day as the company’s retail centre. This showroom possesses one of the largest bathrooms displays in Malta, along with having plenty of tiles, bathroom furnishing and accessories for customers to choose from.
The company continued to grow as the years went by, and the famous warehouse in Żejtun started to be unsuitable to the company, as it required much more space for products than the warehouse could hold. In 2003, Mr Tabone along with his family decided to relocate the warehouse to a much larger one in Timber Warf, Marsa, closing the warehouse at Żejtun as the new warehouse provided the necessary space for such products to be stored.
In the years that followed, the company continued to experience great success, and from 2012, up until 2014, the company had a massive overhaul in corporate image, getting a new logo and a completely new website. From the old-fashioned blue logo with blue as the primary colour, the company changed to a vibrant red, white and black logo, with the main colours of the company shifting to a more modern red, black and white.
Whilst the corporate image was being revamped, Banju Boutique opened a smaller, newer showroom in Msida, in collaboration with Camilleri Paris Mode Ltd who designed the showroom’s layout, with the aim to attract professionals such as architects and designers. This showroom’s main focus was on Swiss-based sanitary ware company, Laufen, one of Banju Boutique Ltd’s main and oldest suppliers in this field. This showroom would eventually close down as the focus was shifted to the showroom in Paola once again, but the showroom in Msida had still made its mark throughout its few years of operation.
After 20 years of opening the Paola showroom, the company decided to completely renovate and revamp the showroom. Through this, the company adapted to modern trends in a better manner, designed by DAAA Haus. This new design incorporated Laufen products.
Banju Boutique Limited is still seen as one of the best in the country when it comes to tiles and bathrooms, being extremely up-to-date when it comes to trends and also offering outstanding offers for clients.
Nowadays, the company sells products of more than 30 brands from all over Europe, including Spanish ceramic brand TAU Ceramica, Swiss sanitary ware brand Laufen, as well as the historic Italian brassware brand, Fratelli Frattini.
Today, the company is in the hands of the new generation, with Paul Tabone’s son, Mark Anthony and Paul’s two daughters, Charmaine and Lorraine, continuing the running of the business.
In an interview with Maltawinds, current director Mark Anthony Tabone said that Banju Boutique has “always strived for quality brands with reasonable prices and good after-sales service, by providing spare parts when needed.”
With its fame and well-maintained relationships with foreign, as well as Maltese suppliers, the company is making strides towards becoming the best of the very best, something that the late Paul Tabone, would have been proud of, as his dream of redefining the bathroom and tile industry in Malta, has been successfully fulfilled.