Materials & Manufacturing
We use the very best materials & notions available, sourced wherever possible from countries and manufacturers who support high environmental standards and fair wages. This often leads us to sourcing from the USA, Japan, Europe & South Korea.
We only use YKK zippers, usually in #5, #3 and #10 sizes, as coil slider & Uretek coil for water resistant options.
We have recently migrated to Coats Dabond polyester threads because of Coats' commitment to environmental sustainability. These threads offer strength, UV stabilisation and ease of use. We use M40 threads for all bags & pouches and M20 threads for all leatherwork.
We only use Kangaroo leather, sourced from sustainable sources by one of Australia's oldest leather companies, founded in 1891. Kangaroo leather is without doubt, the strongest & lightest 'weight for weight' natural leather available. Our leathers are veg tanned (using vegetable based dies).
We use 550 Paracord, made in the U.S.A.
We use a range of fabrics which are constantly changing. Our primary range of materials includes Cordura, X-Pac and canvas.
- Cordura™: Originally developed during WWII, Cordura became the de facto standard in high abrasion resistant soft luggage. A staple in the golden era of outdoor gear development in the 70s & 80s, Cordura is still used today as a premium textile. Kohutt™ uses primarily 1000D Cordura for external facing applications and 210D ripstop for internal liners and lightweight applications.
- X-Pac: Developed by Dimension Polyant, leaders in sailcloth technology, Kohutt™ uses both VX21 and VX42 X-Pac fabrics. X-Pac heavily resists water absorption and is about as bombproof as it gets. Milled in Connecticut, U.S.A.
- Billabong Canvas by WTC: High performance, military grade 10oz Dynoaproofed™ canvas, milled in Sydney, Australia.
Unless otherwise noted, we manufacture everything within Australia. In some cases we utilise other small manufacturers and makers around Australia to help on projects, however primarily everything is made within our fully equipped studio.
With a suite of industrial sewing machines, we're able to bind, bartack, straight-stitch, leather-stitch, bulk-cut and click-press.