Ginnie’s first experience of Kathmandu began in 1992, when she was a student at Otago University in Dunedin, New Zealand.
“I was getting fed up with the rain and cold. I splurged on a GORE-TEX jacket that was forest green with purple trim. The extremely good sales person even talked me into getting an Ecofleece jacket — matching colours, of course — that you could zip into the GORE-TEX shell,” Ginnie said.
(Ginnie has since surrendered the 25-year-old jacket/fleece combo to her mum who still uses it around the house.)
At the same time, Ginnie also started collecting Kathmandu catalogues.
“There was always a strong pull towards the stunning imagery, and the travel and adventures were so inspiring,” she says.
“I remember always thinking what a great opportunity it would be to go on a shoot and wishing I was staff so that I could apply because shoots were only for staff back then.”