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Introducing Allbirds co-founder, ex-All White and World Class New Zealander Tim Brown
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Tim Brown is the ex-All White behind the innovative sustainable footwear brand, Allbirds. Its first product the Wool Runner was dubbed "the world's most comfortable shoes" by TIME Magazine. As a Kiwi, Tim Brown grew up well versed in the magical qualities of merino wool. This, paired with his experience with footwear during his sporting career, sparked a curiosity which led him on a mission to create eco-friendly wool shoes.

After years of researching and tinkering, Tim teamed up with a renewables expert and engineer, Joey Zwillinger. Together, they crafted a revolutionary wool fabric made specifically for footwear, something virtually absent in the footwear industry at the time.

This entirely new category of shoes inspired by natural materials is changing the way the industry views the often-overlooked materials from Mother Nature. With this, Allbirds has formed an ongoing mantra to create better things in a better way which Tim hopes will have a lasting impact for generations to come.

Congratulations, Tim, on your 2019 Kea World Class New Zealand Award. Kea’s Awards recognise inspirational, world leading Kiwis and friends who are making outstanding contributions to New Zealand’s economic, social and cultural development. Kea's 2019 recipients are showing the world that our nation’s spirit extends far beyond its size.


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