How we started
Scribbler Gear started with a creative couple: an idea crazy marketing research consultant and her artist/performance-wear designer husband who moved to New Zealand in search of adventure! Once here, they realised the reason behind the beautiful, lush vegetation they loved so much, was the rain. This was slightly inconvenient because they wanted to take their children out on daily adventures into their new home and didn't want the rain to stop them! They had read somewhere that 'there is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing'! So off they went into Auckland city in search of this 'appropriate' gear but could only find hiking apparel in black and navy... there were no bright colours nor styles that expressed their's nor their childrens’ personalities and that were also functional. And so, Scribbler was born!
We create colourful, creative, weatherproof gear that will allow you to do the things you love, whenever you want, and look good too!
What's all this talk about technical fabrics?
When we were out looking for raincoats, we found a few different types:
1) Nice fabrics with nice prints but only 'showerproof' - which we discovered does not mean 'waterproof' at all. Showerproof fabrics do not repel water. These are no good...
2) Rubber jackets that completely repel water, but if you move, will have you sopping wet on the inside, but from your own sweat! Not ideal...
3) Technical fabrics that are designed to keep water out (waterproof) and let your sweat out (breathability), but most of the time are just one colour, and generally come in black...
So, this is where Scribbler comes in - we take the good stuff from all of these and combine them - our fabrics are breathable (so you can still be active), waterproof (so you won't get wet over a long period of time) and have nice designs and textures - so it doesn't always feel like you're wearing 'just a raincoat', but actually, a key piece of your wardrobe that you are proud to be seen in.
When we choose fabrics, we look at two numbers - the waterproofability (how much it can repel water) and the breathability (how much water vapour it lets out from you). Waterproofability is measured in mm and breathability in mvp. Our shell coats and Pink fantail performance jacket have a waterproofability of 10 000mm and breathability of 5000 mvp. This means you can withstand a strong downpour for a long period time, walk and not get too sweaty. This sounds pretty good, we think!