By Diane Richardson, SSACHS Editor, Playtime stories
All good relationships start with a chance meeting! I had the good fortune to meet fellow Scot Jill Henry at ISPO this year. Jill and Steve Henry are co-founders of Meander, an emerging technical lifestyle brand based in Edinburgh.
The idea for the Scottish based, technical clothing brand was born following a London to Paris bike ride that Jill and Steve organised to raise funds for a charity expedition to the North Pole.
We wanted to pack light and struggled to find a jacket that was fully waterproof, comfortable for cycling and that looked good to wear to the bar after! We couldn’t find anything that wasn’t bright neon, covered in logo’s or very expensive designer gear and realised that there was a gap for versatile technical clothing for everyday wear.
Meander launched in 2018 with a successful reward based crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo with the minimalist yet functional Meander jacket that was supported by backers around the world.
After a further 18 months in R&D Meander recently introduced their first collection of sustainable, technical clothing for everyday adventures. The range is inspired by Scandinavian style, with timeless, functional garments designed to look good in the city using premium performance fabric for an outdoor lifestyle.
The waterproof and breathable Parka is crafted entirely from recycled plastic bottles that have been transformed into a 3 layer soft shell fabric with hidden magnets so that you can add extra length to the sleeve or shorten the front hem for added mobility when cycling.
The Weekender Tee range has been crafted from an eco-blend of recycled polyester and cashmere with Polygene anti- odour technology so you can wear them more and wash them less making them ideal for travels, office commuting and everyday wear.
The super comfortable yet stylish Adventure trousers are made from 4 way stretch water-resistant fabric to take you from the bike to the boardroom!
Meander was nominated as one of the top 50 Newcomers at ISPO Brand New 2020 after the Recycled Parka was selected by the judges. The waterproof and breathable Parka is crafted entirely from recycled plastic bottles that have been transformed into a 3 layer soft shell fabric with hidden magnets so that you can add extra length to the sleeve or shorten the front hem for added mobility when cycling.
The founders are passionate about the outdoors want to make sure they do the least possible damage to the planet as they build their brand and have put sustainability at the forefront of their values. They are proud to be members of 1% for the planet, donating 1% of sales to environmental charities. To keep their carbon footprint low, they work with only European factories and to offset the CO2 that they do use, they’ve teamed up with Forest Carbon to plant trees in Scottish woodland.
Jill Henry has a background in the fashion industry heading up product & supply chain for House of Holland and Duffer of St George and her husband and business partner Steve is a qualified engineer, Scuba Diving instructor and outdoor enthusiast.