Nzo kicked off in 1998 with a store in the main street of Rotorua, a central North Island town that would become the mountain biking capital of New Zealand, if not the Southern Hemisphere.
Life partners Glen Anderson and Gaz Sullivan had bailed out of their successful design businesses in Auckland to make the move from the big smoke to the big steam.
We made things out the back, and sold them out the front, and hundreds of early adopters of the brand new sport used Nzo kit and gave us the feedback that informed our designs.
Glen is an apparel designer with a background in fashion and swimwear. Her simple eye for style and pattern making skills are what make Nzo’s fit such a feature of the range, and her eye for detail is what has given Nzo such a reputation for quality: Flowmountainbike reckoned “the most durable, well-made product on the planet. Nzo’s reputation for making practical, comfortable and incredibly durable clothing is legendary in mountain bike circles”
Gaz is a designer and illustrator. He is also a bike rider, and has ridden, raced, and mucked around on every kind of bike he could get his hands on since he was old enough to climb onto one. Most of his design career was spent doing projects for other designers and ad agencies, and the opportunity to be putting his ideas on to his own stuff drove the move to Nzo. That and the chance to live next to the trails.