About Us | ZAAZEE Activewear for Women

About Us

Welcome to ZAAZEE a multi-award winning independent British women's sportswear brand. Launched in 2014 and based in Manchester ZAAZEE uses only the best quality fabrics, with super stylish designs and made in expert factories in Portugal. It’s really comfortable kit and is designed specifically for sporty active women. Deborah, Founder

WHAT MAKES ZAAZEE DIFFERENT

ZAAZEE was founded in 2014 by Deborah Todd in Manchester, City of Sport, and specifically in Ancoats, in the heart of Cottonopolis. Driven by a passion for sports, ZAAZEE believes that wearing awesome kit makes you feel great and helps you achieve more. ZAAZEE uses only amazing technical fabrics which have been sourced based on their performance, stretch, vibrancy and durability. The fabrics and products have been tested, developed and tested again. We want our customers to enjoy sport and feel fantastic wearing ZAAZEE.

MANUFACTURED IN EUROPE 

A great deal of time was spent researching where to produce ZAAZEE. Originally the idea was to produce ZAAZEE in the UK. Having a family background in retail and sewing, (my aunt was a seamstress.) and living in Ancoats, Manchester, it's an area that was once home to huge Cotton Mills and has a history of manufacturing. I honestly, think you can feel the energy from days gone by. 

After exploring the factories of many manufacturers in the UK and trying to find the correct machinery and expert cutters and materials, I made a choice to make with our neighbours in Europe and specifically Portugal. It has a great reputation for quality textile manufacturing and huge brands who I respect all manufacture there. 

ZAAZEE isn't about cheap throw away fashion; it's about making the best we can, in the best way we can. We currently manufacture all our goods in Portugal, it is a two hour flight away, it's the best quality we've found and the finish is fantastic. We like not travelling miles away to get the job done, when we can make it closer to home, though we would definitely explore that option too. The factories are small with experts who have been working in the trade for years.  We feel good to be helping these small businesses too.

HOW ZAAZEE STARTED

From CEO and Founder Deborah Todd:

Growing up in a really sporty family, from an early age I loved doing all sports. Being pretty good at swimming and started horse riding and tennis from about 7. My family all loved sports and as a family we watched everything.  When my mum asked me what I wanted to be, I always replied "I just want to have fun!" Sport to me was about having fun with your friends as well as participating. As you get older and things change, you have to study harder and somehow sport loses to other stuff like working and socialising. Over the years I did less sports and focused on my working role but I really wanted to mix the two. Having kids is even more challenging on the body but keeping active really helped me. I’ve launched ZAAZEE to empower other women to do more sports and be more active and enjoy working out, because not only is it fun and healthy, it gives you more energy and determination with the challenges ahead of each day. Enjoy! Deborah X