Tim Brown, the co-founder of sustainable shoe brand Allbirds, has been recognised as a recipient for the 2019 Kea World Class New Zealand Awards.
The awards are to provide a platform to recognise inspirational Kiwis who are making outstanding contributions to New Zealand’s international reputation.
Tim Brown, co-founder and co-CEO of Allbirds, and former All Whites vice-captain, is being recognised for his commitment to sustainable fashion and innovative business practices, including creating a revolutionary category of footwear using natural materials such as New Zealand merino wool.
Allbirds has continued to go above and beyond, the New Zealand company has recently made waves internationally, opening in both Japan and the United States in quick succession.
Tim Brown was one of three winners of the award, shared alongside Rachel Taulelei, CEO of innovative Maori-owned food and beverage producer Kono, and Elizabeth Iorns, co-founder and CEO of Science Exchange.
Each winner will receive a Tall Poppy statuette, designed by Weta Workshop co-founder and 2009 Supreme Award winner Sir Richard Taylor.