A PERSONAL trainer from Saltcoats is set to launch his own brand of sportswear clothing.

Zack Simpson may be a familiar face to many, with the 25-year-old working at the Portal in Irvine as well as starring for local side Ardrossan Winton Rovers.

Those who have seen him in the past month or so may have noticed that Zack was wearing a slightly unfamiliar brand.

That is because he has designed his own brand which he has been sporting and is now set to launch today, Monday, September 11, at 6pm.

Named OTTO Sportswear, the brand is one which has been inspired by his own experiences within the industry.

As well as working as a personal trainer, Zack has also modelled for a number of well known brands and online clothing stores.

He explained: "The inspiration came from modelling and working with various brands, seeing the ins and outs of what they are doing and gaining a lot of ideas from them.

"I also liked the way they worked and that they all have that ambition to make their brand the best it can be, which is the drive I have as well.

"I’ve always been into buying fashionable sportswear clothes and have done various posts on social media that have done well wearing other brands' clothes - so I thought 'why not make my own'?"

And as he prepares to take his first step as an entrepreneur in his own right, he has set lofty ambitions for OTTO Sportswear.

Zack continued: "My hopes for the brand are high, I want to make a brand that I am proud of - as well as my family.

"I know it won’t be easy and there is a lot in the same market but I think with my enthusiasm and ideas for it, I can make it stand out and be different to the rest."

The Saltcoats man is glad to have the backing of those around him, who should provide a strong base from which to launch his brand.

He added: "The support for the brand has been brilliant, mostly on social media. I’ve had a lot of shares and support from friends, family and even people I don’t know, for which I’m very grateful.

"This has resulted on the pages on Facebook and Instagram gaining a good amount of followers before I’ve even started selling the products.

"I'm looking forward to starting up and hoping it keeps growing and turns into a successful brand."

For more information on the brand, including how to purchase on release, you can find this via their social media pages - otto_sportswear on Instagram and TikTok and OTTO Sportswear on Facebook.