The creation of Spandex Panda came from a desire to add a bit of FUN into the cycling world. On a snowy day in a bike shop, myself & a few buddies thought that we needed a mascot for the shop. After a few hours we decided that the ‘panda’ was the perfect animal; cuddly, cute & playful. With a background in both marketing & promotions through university, let the fun begin. A new mascot suit & some cycling bibs would spawn the creation of ‘Spandex Panda’
Starting out at the shop with some Hi-5’s slowly led into the world of ‘free-lance’ mascot gigs. People would send messages through Facebook or Twitter to ‘Spandex Panda’ to get him out to their next event. Tons of FUN for sure. Some of the highlights include working with Alpine Canada, Red Bull & the Drum n DJ crew. Opening for Nelly, 50 Cent & Snoop Dog w/ the Drum n DJ crew definitely stand out as highlights.
Getting back into the cycling world, was where I need to get back to. Spending half my time in the hospitality world & the other half around bicycles I needed some style with a bit of function for my wardrobe. I purchased some classic cycling apparel & a bit of urban cycling gear which worked great on the bike & looked fantastic during wine events.
Could I transition a fun & cuddly mascot into a clean, simple & timeless apparel line? With a bit of experience in Asia why not look at creating my own. Spandex Panda was created around the bicycle world so that’s where the Spandex Panda Collection begins. A little research & a few prototypes helped decide where to head for premium quality production…… ITALY. After several conversations with iconic Italian cycling clothing manufacturers it was decided that this was the best place to launch the Spandex Panda Collection. And so it began.
Everything that is produced in the Spandex Panda Collection is designed with the highest quality materials & to the highest standards I can possibly hold. The goal is to produce items in a timeless design with materials that can last through a generation. With this as a focus, you won’t have to buy items as often & can spend that money on plane tickets travelling the world to ride your bicycle.