I love finding gear that’s still designed and manufactured in Australian, as so much of it has been outsourced overseas. Brisbane Outdoor Gear (BOGear) from Queensland’s line-up certainly fits that criteria. They’re made out of local materials where available and using reclaimed materials such as PVC billboards, and they even try to use recycled products for the patterns used in their manufacturing process. Their range covers messenger bags, backpacks and accessories such as tool rolls, straps and pouches made of recycled bicycle inner tubes. Because they still hand manufacture on site, they can do custom bags as well. While having their origins in bicycle messengers and packs, their range is still fashionable enough for every day use. Unlike many fashion products though they encourage you to “dirtify” their product:
“Dirtify is the long process that occurs when you use a piece of gear regularly. It results in gear that is so full of sweat, dirt, love and experiences that it stands up on its own; but maybe that’s just because of the dirt. It becomes so powerful that it is almost as if the piece of dirtified gear becomes you, and you become the gear.”
Messenger bags start with the Babycandy at $65AU.