Outland Denim began its jean-making journey when founder James Bartle had a fortuitous encounter with an anti-trafficking group at a music festival, and then travelled to Asia to see first hand how human traffickers prey on vulnerable young girls in order to service the sex industry. After learning that once a girl has been rescued and supported through her recovery, a sustainable career path is vital for securing her future, James created the “Denim Project”, which would enable those girls who demonstrated an interest in sewing to put their new skills to use. “I’ve always lived in jeans. If you were going to produce anything, why wouldn’t you produce the most staple part of a person’s wardrobe? Jeans aren’t a throw-away item, but something you keep for years.” But they couldn’t just be any jeans: they would have to be premium quality to reflect the dedicated skills acquisition and restored dignity of their makers. So began the steep learning curve that is picking up a highly specialised craft from scratch, from experiments in pattern making, sourcing raw materials and stone washing in a cement mixer, to setting up a manufacturing process that began with pedal press sewing machines and hot-coal irons in remote Cambodian villages. Today they have created a clean, bright training and production facility in Cambodia from where they manage our manufacturing operations and oversee the holistic care of their staff through wage, training and personal development initiatives.
MADE IN CAMBODIA
BASED IN AUSTRALIA AND SHIPPING: INTERNATIONAL
Their garments are made in Cambodia where they offer training & employment opportunities to women rescued from human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and other human rights abuses. They are certified B Corp.
They source GOTS and Organic Content Standard (OCS) certified cotton from Bossa in Turkey. Bossa is involved in the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). Their pocket liners are OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, ISO 9002 and ISO 14001 certified from Vietnam-based supplier.
Their patches are made by family owned leather producer in Australia that has been awarded for their clean processes & environmental stewardship, they adhere to European restricted substance lists, recycle 40% of water used, utilise solar & significantly reduce the consumption of natural gas & release of CO2. Their thread is sourced from enviromentaly sustainable supplier.
They utilise natural indigo, vegetable and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified dyes. They use Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified buttons and rivets by Timay and Tempo.
They disclose all of their suppliers throughout their supply chain.
They use post-consumer recycled paper and vegetable dyes for their print and packaging.
They use YKK zippers created from recycled materials that are a part of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Initiative (ZDHC).
Their HQ are powered by 100% renewable generator and is certified carbon neutral under the Australian Government’s National Carbon Offset Standard program.
They use DHL climate neutral service.