Posted on April 26 2017
Matthew and I met thanks to our beautiful wives, who have been friends for a long time. The idea for starting the company came during a weekend get together, when I shared some of my stories of new papa life and some product ideas for "papas that keep their cool". Being an adventurer turned stay-at-home dad (although I think the term "stay-outside-dad" is more accurate) Matthew basically challenged me to make it happen. We decided then and there that it was time to break the "dorky dad" stereotypes and create a lifestyle brand that celebrates how awesome it is to be a family man. I have a little head start on him living the dad life, but Matthew is really excited to have kids and says being involved with SSCo. is "helping him prepare for the most important role of his life".
My lovely wife started calling me Sherpapa as a nickname every time she saw me loaded down with everything I had to carry for our family outings. Like most new dads, I was shocked at how much stuff you end up carrying when you have a kid, and also like most dads I humbly carried whatever bag my wife packed it all in. I certainly wasn't a stranger to gear, as I have spent most of my life surfing, sailing, diving, camping, fishing, and lugging camera gear around the world. I certainly wasn't thrilled about the idea of carrying a traditional diaper bag though. Most of them are designed for women, and are single purpose bags that end up in a garage sale or given away a year later. That was the birth of the idea for the first SSCo. gear bag collection. I wanted a bag that was tough, stylish, and adaptable for all sorts of different dad-ventures as our little one grows and our family activities evolve.
Our hope with Sherpapa Supply Company is that we can encourage great shared family experiences, whether it be through the giving of a meaningful quality gift, or making gear that encourages families to get outside and have an adventure together. -Z McDuffie
Matthew Morrison is an American actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Morrison is known for starring in multiple Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including originating the role of Link Larkin in Hairspray on Broadway, and for his role as Will Schuester on the Fox television show Glee (2009–2015). Morrison is signed with Adam Levine's 222 Records. Morrison received a Tony Award nomination for his featured role as Fabrizio Nacarelli in the musical The Light in the Piazza. Most recently, Morrison has been in the Good Wife and currently featured on Grey’s Anatomy. Matthew is preparing for the biggest role of his life, being a Sherpapa! He and wife, Renee, are looking forward to the path of parenthood.
Zach McDuffie is an American born photographer, travel expert, and entrepreneur that founded a well known surf, yoga, and photography retreat in Costa Rica called School of the World. After establishing the retreat and designing a boutique hotel for it's guests, McDuffie went on to become an expert in learning vacations and traveled extensively to learn everything from sailing in the Bahamas to fashion photography in Paris. McDuffie is also an award winning travel and fashion photographer. In 2011 he met his wife, international model Natazha McDuffie, and after 15 years of living and traveling abroad, settled with her in Southern California. They now split time between Laguna Beach, California and Costa Rica with their daughter Taya Tupelo McDuffie.