1999. Design engineer Greig Brebner stepped into the human rush hour of a London pavement and into the rain. At 1.9m tall, the New Zealander could see over most of the crowd to his destination. But as the downpour gathered pace, his eyes were suddenly at the mercy of hundreds of bristling spikes threatening to take Greig’s eye out.
So Greig started from scratch to redesign the entire idea of a personal weather protection canopy. The engineer in him worked towards something that would outperform everything on the market. The designer in Greig demanded that it must also be elegant and stylish. And the tall guy in him just wanted to make sure these damn things didn’t keep poking him in the face. When Greig got home he couldn’t wait to unpack his new ideas and test them out in blustery New Zealand. He would take his prototype up Auckland’s One Tree Hill in the middle of a raging storm and see if the weather could break it. When a Blunt performed and functioned in winds at Force 12 (117 km/h), he got quite excited.