Towels may not be a product you would expect the Dragon’s Den panel to get all excited about, but these aren’t your usual water absorbers. These are a new breed and they are taking the gym and beach markets….well,….by storm (pun completely intended)! Through a chance introduction at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, I was introduced to one of the focused young entrepreneurs behind the products and 50% of this exciting new company – Dock & Bay.
Andy and Ben
Andy and his Aussie business partner, Ben, both worked in corporate banking in the digital division, so they were able to use their creative flair on a daily basis. However, their true passion was global travel, which led them to resolve one annoying issue of like-minded explorers – what to do with large damp towels. Consequently, their 9-5 routine ended in 2015 to make way for their new venture in colourful, space-saving microfibre versions. A simple problem resolved by a simple solution…now why didn’t I think of this?!
GFG: What makes these towels better than any other out there then? What’s your USP?
Andy: They’re very compact, take up minimal room in a bag, but are huge when spread out. Sand won’t stick to them like traditional towels either as there are no cotton loops for it to get stuck in, so they are perfect for a beach workout. We also have a vast colour range to reach all tastes.
GFG: What about their drying capabilities and how they feel?
Andy: They dry at least 3 times quicker than cotton towels, but are extremely absorbent and, importantly, super soft!
GFG: What are they made of?
Andy: 80% Polyester and 20% Polyamide
GFG: What sizes do they come in?
Andy: The smaller range towel is 40cm x 20cm – a perfect size for those heading into the gym. The larger version is 160cm x 80cm, so ideal for floor exercises, yoga or simply the post-workout shower. We also offer a round version too for couples looking for something a little different.
Having tried and tested these personally, and being rather particular about using a gym towel, I understand why Deborah Meadon invested in all of this. They are light-weight, they are super absorbent and the gym version definitely does its job! They are also very well priced in my opinion.
The guys are also trying to do their best for the environment with their ‘Doing Our Bit’ campaign in the form of beach shorts made from 100% recycled plastic. Clever, although I am interested in how these will feel.
They’re currently hitting the US market via 200+ boutique stores who stock them, although the majority of their business is still online. They’re now aiming for further growth in the global health & fitness markets, so for those who haven’t seen or heard of them yet…you saw it here first!
Go and check them out and decide for yourself at www.dockandbay.com