Nzo kicked off in 1998 with a store in the main street of Rotorua, the mountain biking capital of New Zealand.
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.
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.
Glen is an apparel designer with a background in fashion and swimwear. Her eye for simple style and her 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 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
A major production calamity in 2014 saw our New Zealand manufacturer unable to keep up and no amount of cajoling could make them continue as suppliers. A search in ever-widening circles to find a suitable production facility lead Nzo to a relationship with a sports-mad gang in Hong Kong. During our time working with these people we developed a special connection to a factory in southern Chna. This relationship has provided Nzo with our best ever production and room to grow.
Grace Chan is the Nzo production guru, looking after the complex supply chain. When she is not doing that she likes to run, and sometimes she is running to catch a plane - she likes to travel too.