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Akubra Hat
Akubra Hat

Oh, my good friend, Jakob looks good in his Akubra!

The true felt Akubra Hat  is still made by the same family that originally created it. The Dunkerley family began their hat manufacturing in the early 1870s, however, it wasn't until around 1918 that they began branding their hats "Akubra". The famous Slouch hat worn by Aussies in World War I and II were also produced by their company:

Slouch Hat Australian Digger

The company, now in its fourth generation of ownership, now feature over 100 styles of the classic hat.

Akubra hats are designed and built for durability because Australians expect their hats to last no matter how rough the treatment; protecting anyone from Australia's fierce heat and downpours. These rugged hats handle it all with style.


Ugg Boots

Australians call them Ugg Boots because they are ugly!
The Ugg boot was originally created for warmth as well as comfort. It's basically a sheepskin turned inside out and made into a boot. Most people wear them barefoot. Ugg boots are like your favourite pair of trainers (sneakers). No matter how old and grungy they get, you can't ever seem to throw them out.


According to the official Speedo® website:
Speedo® originated in 1914 under the brand name 'Fortitude', which was taken from the motto on the clan MacRae crest. It didn't become known by its now famous brand name until 1928. The company was started by a young Scot called Alexander MacRae, who migrated to Australia in 1910, and set up an underwear manufacture business called MacRae Hosiery manufacturers.

In 1928 MacRae introduced the classic, figure-hugging "Racerback" costume, which permitted greater freedom of movement, allowing wearers to swim faster. This inspired staff member Captain Parsons to coin the slogan 'Speed on in your Speedos' and the Speedo® name was born.

Driza-Bone Coats

According to the official Driza-Bone website:
“In 1898, an enterprising young sailor, E. Le Roy and his good friend, Thomas Pearson began manufacturing waterproof long oilskin coats in Manly, Sydney, Australia. The initial long coats were made by recycling torn canvas sails and were designed for sailors plying the trade routes of the rugged roaring 40’s.

News of the coat’s reliable performance and durability spread quickly and demand grew for land based applications of the product. Driza-Bone has continually developed a large array of outerwear the most famous product is the legendary Riding Coat.

Driza-Bone is proudly and genuinely Australian and committed to its 111 year tradition of Australian design and manufacture of durable and reliable products specialising in coats, jackets, vests and merino. Recently returning to 100% Australian ownership, Driza-Bone delivers seasonal ranges for men, women and children plus a workwear range.”

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