Are your bags made in Australia?
Short Answer: No. My products are made in small curated batches in Vietnam.
Long Answer: Vietnam is the renowned for its quality bag manufacturing sector. Thats why major brands such as North Face, Osprey, Nike and Coach all have shifted operations from China to Vietnam. That's why Jack Stillman has shifted. I have found that I have more control over the quality and conditions of our craft here and can work in with smaller numbers to elevate quality.
I would love to offer an all Australian Made product but unfortunately it's not possible to make a cost effective product like this in Australia. Many people have tried to argue differently to me and none, including myself, have been able to demonstrate how an Aussie business like mine can make a competitive product here. The reasons are complex and have to do with supply of materials, skills, labour costs and economics. Trust me, I've tried many times. This is not a slight on my awesome country which dominates the world in so many other areas of production and supply; its just the reality of the bag game. Some people have actually suggested that I stop making my product if it cant be made in Australia. That somehow it's un-patriotic or exploitative to operate my business overseas? I consider this a bizarre notion. So rather than give up I choose to offer an Australian designed, well made bag that is competitive in an international market. I pay taxes to Australia, I spend in Australia and I love my country till the day I die but I don't make my products here. Bet you're sorry you asked 😜