Even though globally produced items have issues, there are 60-75 million people that survive off of the industry. In saying that, Australian-made manufacturing should be encouraged. Australian-made products support local artisans, the economy and adhere to strict regulations. There’s something magical about being able to read and relate to how locally made items are made.
72% of shoppers look for the Australian Made logo, Mintel
Sadly, it’s remarkably difficult to find well-known Australian brands that are manufactured in Australia; most brands have closed factories and headed overseas. As Australian manufacturing is shrinking, the demand for local products is expanding.
Below are Australian brands that are born and manufactured in Australia. For specific help on finding ethically produced Australian clothing, Ethical clothing Australia (ECA) is an accreditation body that ensures brand supply chains are transparent and legally compliant.
Image – R.M.Williams website
This brand is famous worldwide for handcrafted leather boots and accessories. It was born in South Australia in 1932 by Reginald Murray Williams, focusing on tough outback attire that aims to last a lifetime. RM boots are made to last with an extensive repair service and in store fittings to fit perfectly. The boots are still hand crafted in Adelaide and although they are made with leather, which some may not agree with, it’s a tough material. There is a detailed list here of the materials used.
Image – Bianca Spender campaign “Fashion is a human process”
This designer brand is famous for feminine, detailed and tailored clothing, founded by Sydney local Bianca Spender. She uses Australian materials where possible such as wool, to produce sustainable items accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia. Bianca is a strong advocate for Australian manufacturing, staying true to her roots of manufacturing in Sydney.
“I am very passionate about maintaining local manufacturing; we develop skills, provide jobs and stay connected with everyone who works with our product.” Extract from a David Jones Interview with Bianca Spender