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Starting in 2004 as a cotton growing business, founders Andrew Quinn and Nick Barclay struggled to find manufacturers that produced quality cut tees to complement their premium cotton. So in 2007, they started making their own tees to do just that.
As a small business of 20 employees, Andrew and Nick take pride in the constant development of OCC Apparel (turning over 10, 000 tees a week).
"We were immediately surprised at how open they were about their program to produce locally. It's common for businesses to shy away from any spotlight on the manufacturing process, and to protect the names of suppliers from competitors, but Jeanswest have been refreshingly candid and transparent from day one. The Jeanswest Product Team have a great level of understanding around the implications of producing a collection locally and in smaller factories, and they showed a great willingness to adapt business processes for a 100% Australian made outcome. Jeanswest have a smart and savvy approach to transparency, and we are delighted to partner with a business as proud of our Australian story as we are."
Andrew Quinn, OCC Apparel
Richmond Industrial Laundry are recognised as one of the most creative, innovative and knowledgeable industrial laundries in the country. Owner Operator, Sam Veskoukis, has run the business for close to 30 years with a broad understanding of fabric weaves and construction. His extensive experience helps him achieve unique washes and finishes for each of his clients, ensuring their garments stand apart from other brands.
"It’s great to see one of our large fashion retailers manufacturing in Australia with a hands-on strategy. We’ve been very impressed with Jeanswest and its commitment to local industry, and we’re encouraged to believe this is an indication other large businesses are exploring similar solutions."
Sam Veskoukis, Richmond Industrial Laundry
Since 1998, ABMT Textiles Melbourne has been dedicated to creating premium products with minimal environmental impact. From responsible cotton farming to cleaner manufacturing, their social and environmental conscious runs through every aspect of their practice. To date, ABMT Textiles Melbourne is the only textile plant in the country recycling over 85% of wastewater from spent reactive dye–baths.
"The Jeanswest Homespun collection has been a fun project to work on. It’s encouraging to see a domestic retailer, with a supportive and dynamic business model, who is backing manufacturing in Australia."
Julian Collins, ABMT Textiles