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About Us


Margaret River Bamboo Basics was thought up and created by Matt and Beck O’Connell in 2012.

Matt (a Kiwi) and his wife, Beck (an Aussie) had been living in Margaret River for 10 years, raising their 2 children and running their franchise business. They noticed that there was a lack of quality t-shirts on the market to purchase for their staff uniforms.

After the initial designing of the t-shirts and then the many fabric samples from China, they struck gold when this beautifully lightweight and incredibly soft bamboo fabric arrived on their doorstep.

The first shipment arrived in January 2013 which was the very start of many women’s addiction, Australia wide, to this fabulous bamboo fabric. Soon after, the men’s t-shirts arrived in 2014 with the same following.


Manawatu Bamboo was created when Nicci and Danny (Matt’s brother) returned home to NZ after living in Margaret River for a few years. They were so taken with the wonder of Bamboo Basics that they decided to market this incredible product in NZ.

Their first shipment arrived in March 2018 followed quickly by another in October 2018 and now Kiwis are developing the addiction to this amazing Bamboo fibre, too.