Where are Jack Stillman Bags Made?
Jack Stillman is a family owned Australian business, based in Fremantle WA and founded in 2014. Most Jack Stillman products are handmade by our small team, in our specialist workshop in Da Nang, Vietnam.
Why not Australia?
We are a proud Australian business but Australia does not have a broad apparel and accessories manufacturing industry. We literally lack the infrastructure, access to raw materials and qualified technicians. Deciding to manufacture in Vietnam is nothing to do with greed or a lack of loyalty to Australian jobs. We couldn't make our products here is we wanted to.
Vietnam is a technically advanced country with a high standard of living for its population. Vietnam is not a poor country with poor workers scrambling for low paid jobs. Our team is small and based in Da Nang which is on the central coast. It's a great place to live for our workers as they raise their young families. From Da Nang we have access to the world class materials, processes, infrastructure and skills.
Do we exploit our workers?
As a company operating in Vietnam we are required to pay our workers a minimum wage plus their health insurance and superannuation. In fact we pay our team more than they would earn at other larger factories plus annual bonuses and holiday pay. We do this because we need them. They are extremely talented, most have dedicated their life to their trade and this is evident in the reviews of our products.
Meet the Jack Stillman Vietnam Team. 19 April 2022
I'd rather support Australian Made!
We get this daily. Unlike almost all of our competitors we are open and upfront about where our gear is made and why. The truth is all of our competitors* manufacture overseas - they just don't tell you. Unless an item specifically say "Made in Australia", they are not made here. It's convenient for most companies to avoid the issue of country of origin but we took a stand in 2018 in order to educate consumers on where their stuff comes from.
It's important to realise our bags are 100% designed here in Fremantle WA. You won't find mass produced generic Chinese designs in our stores. We take pride in the Australia flavour we give to our brand.
We employ a team here in Australia and pay taxes both here and in Vietnam. We also export our Aussie brand all over the world from our base here in Fremantle WA.
*We determine our competitors based on their scale and customer base.
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