How a Kiwi Test cricketer started a stylish new grooming range.
The idea for Triumph & Disaster grooming range, says the company's founder Dion Nash, came “while I was standing at fine leg, sort of”.
Nash, you might remember, was a stalwart of the New Zealand cricket team in the 1990s; the highlight of his career perhaps a half century and eleven wickets in the 1994 Lord's Test.
It was around this time – inspired by an article he read on Rod Stewart, no less – that he started secretly using Oil of Ulay moisturiser, hiding it among his cricket gear and pretending to team-mates that it was sunscreen.
“I guess I’ve been metrosexual from way back,” he smiles.
Kiwis are a generally a bit more reconstructed these days, but Triumph & Disaster keeps it simple and elegant: a select range is based around shaving, moisturising and cleansing; all delivered in stylish, vintage packaging.
Nash grew up on a sheep farm so there's a Shearer's Soap (£9.95), a refined take (think aromas of bergamot and pine) on the no-nonsense bars that the men used. He has also experimented with chemists to unearth the medicinal benefits of local ingredients.
As a result, the oil from horopito leaves – used by Maori warriors to balm their ta mokos (facial tattoos) – finds its way into Triumph & Disaster's Gameface moisturiser (£34), as does the ponga fern, a natural tightening agent that once treated Maori battle wounds.
Triumph and Disaster is available from Selfridges, Whole Foods and boutiques around the country; for all stockists visit triumphanddisaster.com.