PLEASE NOTE THE NEW ADDRESS OF THIS BLOG: austbuttonhistory.com
New Carr’s fasteners:
In the past A. J. Parkes had the contract for Australian Scouting and Guides buttons, but I don’t know if that is still the case. This button has no maker’s mark.
New branded buttons:
This women’s casual wear company was established in 1996. It is sold through boutiques and department stores.
Saltbush Clothing Company, Burra South Australia:
This country clothing brand was started by Elspeth Radford of the Basin Farm near Burra in 1989. it seems to associated with the BullRush fashion company now.
Billabong International Limited:
Billabong was started on the Gold Coast in 1973 by Gordon and Rena Merchant as a surfwear clothing company, listing on the stock exchange in 2000. It expanded into exports and acquired other businesses. Faced with debts and a takeover bid in 2012, it has restructured the business, sold assets with the closure of many stores. It returned to profitability in 2015.
It sells board shorts, swimwear and accessories.
Hard Yakka is known for its work-wear, boots and accessories. It was started by David Kersall Laidlaw (1902-1979), his wife and 5 others making work overalls in his parent’s Brunswick home in 1922. He took the name Yakka in 1936 and registered the firm as D.K. Laidlaw & Sons P/L in 1947. As the company grew it opened plants first in Weston Street, Brunswick and then larger premises in Lygon Street. During WW2 it had large contracts for the government, including the RAAF. New factories followed in Sunbury and in Ballarat Street, Brunswick. In 1960 it moved to Broadmeadows, with factories set up at Wangarrata, Wodonga, Albury and Darlinghust.
The name was changed to Yakka P/L in the 1990s. It was acquired by Pacific Brands in 2007 then by Wesfarmers as part of the Workwear Group in 2014.